“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Pics Aboard Albatros II & More.

John Green trimming aboard Albatros II while John Goodwin takes a sight.

John Allen (left) with Arthur Holgate aboard Albatross II. Lessons from a master!

John Green trimming the spinnaker aboard Albatros II in light airs.

Tafelberg. The medics gave advice to Albatross II crewman John Green for a salt water boil.

John Goodwin and Arthur Holgate repair the mast track aboard Albatros II during the 1971 Cape to Rio Race.

John Goodwin and Arthur Holgate repair the mast track aboard Albatros II during the 1971 Cape to Rio Race.

Port Rex (SA 5) anchored in the islands around Rio after the 1971 Cape to Rio Race.

Howard Davis in the islands around Rio after the 1971 Cape to Rio race.

Howard Davis anchored in the islands around Rio. Does anyone know who this person is?

Howard Davis in the islands around Rio.

A group of youngsters having fun in Rio. Does anyone know who they are?

By Richard Crockett

The 1971 Cape to Rio Race was something very special, not just for the competitors, but also for the public who simply loved the idea of a bunch of amateurs crossing an ocean on small boats. So they followed the race closely, as did I as a teenager.

So I was delighted to have come across some negatives in my archives of Albatross II, taken at sea, and then a few others of some race yachts, probably in the Bay of Islands, after the race. And then some random shots of a few people.

I am able to identify all the people aboard Albatross II, thanks to John Green.

The others – well someone may have an idea and be able to give a hint as to who they are? If so, please drop me an email (editor@sailing.co.za) or respond online.