“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Barbette Could Still Snatch Rio Victory

By Richard Crockett

Apologies as my trusty Mac crashed on me overnight, and sadly there is no “quick fix” for these machines as they have to be booked in and put through the wringer before being repaired. So the usual format is a little different today, and will be until repairs have been effected – which could take between 7 & 10 working days! What a pain!

“Albatros Consolidates Lead – 18 Yachts Home”. Eighteen of the 57 yacht fleet which set off from Cape Town for Rio on January 16 have crossed the line and the South African sloop Albatros II
has consolidated her position as apparent outright winner of the Cape-to-Rio race.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000386 – OCR

“Barbette Could Still Snatch Rio Victory”. Barbette, the tiny British sloop skippered by civil engineer Adam Clackson, could still beat John Goodwin’ s Albatros II for overall victory in the Cape-to-Rio race. To do this, the 9.1 m yacht has to cross the finish line off Rasa Island by 7 p.m. (S.A. time) today.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000389 – OCR

“Most of the Tailenders in Rio Soon”. While 16 Cape-to-Rio yachts had crossed the finishing line by midnight on Saturday and more were expected to do so yesterday, most of the tailenders have passed the island of Trinidade and could reach Rio within the coming week.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000526 – OCR

“Stormkaap on Way Back to City”. Stormkaap, the Cape Town entry in the Cape-Rio race which had to put into St. Helena because of rudder trouble, is on the way back to Cape Town.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000341 – OCR

“Setback for S.A. Yacht Racing”. In spite of more public interest and support than ever before South African yachting has just been dealt one of the toughest setbacks possible.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000547 – OCR