• Short Summary

    West Germany's traditional yachting week---the Kiel Week---this year attracted two thousand yachtsmen from twenty-eight nations.?

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    West Germany's traditional yachting week---the Kiel Week---this year attracted two thousand yachtsmen from twenty-eight nations. The event gave participants a chance to gather valuable points for their qualification to next year's Olympics. Kiel itself has seen two Olympic yachting regattas, in 1936 and again in 1972.

    SYNOPSIS: Some of the world's best yachtsmen sailed their boasts into Kiel's Olympia Harbour. They were competing in fourteen different classes for points and standings.

    The Tornados---the Olympic Catamaran class--were the fastest yachts racing. The twin-hulled boats with the distinct trapezoid sails are six metres (20 feet) from bow to stern.

    The boat of the reigning world champion--the Soviet Union's Victor Potapov. But over the fourteen and a half mile (21 kilometres) course, Potapov had to be content with second place. The winner--with the least penalty points--was New Zealander Bret de Thier.

    Perhaps the most popular vent is the Flying Dutchman class, the Olympic two-man dinghy.

    At the turn-buoy, the Flying Dutchmen sets the Spinnaker, a light, bulgy-cut large fore-sail, which in this case helped America's Augie Diaz to victory in his class.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAI2XVQPJVPY14C0INYQUJEKS7
    Media URN:
    VLVAI2XVQPJVPY14C0INYQUJEKS7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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