“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Sprinter is Near Rio

By Richard Crockett News is scant today as the next batch of finishers is eagerly awaited, with special emphasis on the all-women crew aboard ‘Sprinter’. When they finish the news will flow big time and we will undoubtedly be saturated with stories of their time on the race. And ‘Barbette’, at one time a possible threat to ‘Albatros’, has rudder problem, but her skipper is determined to finish without assistance. And my computer woes continue – with some light at ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. “Planes Hunt 2 S.A. Yachts”

By Richard Crockett Apologies for the truncated version, but a crashed computer is making life extremely difficult! “Skipper (71) Guides Wayfarer Into Rio”. Mr. Peter Strong, 71 -year-old veteran boat builder and designer from Durban, sat back in his armchair at Rio’s plush yacht club and relaxed – and he deserved every second of it. READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 16 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000355 – OCR “Planes Hunt 2 S.A. Yachts”. Long range patrol planes ... Read More »

“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 ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Albatros Has Rio Race in the Bag

By Richard Crockett ‘Albatross II’ and her crew hog the headlines again today after their well deserved victory – and why not? They sailed a great race and were rewarded for their tenacity and never give up attitude. But for me, 50 years after the race was nearing completion, I feel a sense of pride as the longest trans-ocean race in the world at that time, had a highly successful conclusion, and continues to this day to attract entries for ... Read More »

Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Albatros in Rio: Leads on Handicap

By Richard Crockett The moment everyone had been waiting for arrived when ‘Albatros II’ finished in Rio and looked certain to be unbeaten on handicap. What a great race this crew had, especially after the mast scare they had within sight of the start line, and after effecting repairs anchored in the shelter of Robben Island. In a moment of true sportsmanship, the owner of ‘Striana’, Jean-Michel Auclair, was the first person aboard ‘Albatros’ to congratulate them on their fine ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Water for 3 Thirsty Bears!

By Richard Crockett It’s unusual to have three bears at sea, especially thirsty ones, but luckily for the crew of ‘Three Bears’, ‘Tafelberg’ was able to assist them with water, and batteries to start their engine in order to charge their own batteries. Plus the crew received a huge bonus in the form of showers and beanfeast in the wardroom! I see a race penalty for outside assistance on the horizon! Hospitality in Cape Town was superb, especially for the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Rio Ketch Penalty Possible

By Richard Crockett The party has started in Rio now that yachts are arriving at the finish, with many race followers in Rio to welcome their sailors. ‘Graybeard’ was confirmed as the second boat to finish – which now means that the handicap honours are hotting up. And again, due obviously to different deadline schedules, there was confusion as to who was leading – one headline said ‘Albatros’, another stated that ‘Striana’ had won! We need to put this in ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ocean Spirit is First Home

by Richard Crockett From all the press cuttings in the past few days it has not been reported as to how ‘Ocean Spirit’ dramatically took the lead and ultimately line honours. Maybe that’s a mystery we will have to live with! Obviously the crew were well not just in health and looks, but also having eaten so well throughout the race thanks to their cook. Sadly cooks aboard ship get little credit for their additional duties, yet I suppose the ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. Five-Yacht Dash for Line Honours

by Richard Crockett News is now finely focussed on the 1971 Cape to Rio Race finish and who the likely winner would be. While it seemed that ‘Ocean Spirit’ would have that honour, there was ‘Fortuna’ with ‘Graybeard’, ‘Pen Duick III’ and ‘Stormy’ hot on their transoms and fighting all the way. As has become “normal”, ‘Pen Duick’ again did not reported her position so she is the wildcard, and could be cause for concern as her skipper Eric Tabarly ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ketch May Cross Rio Line Today

by Richard Crockett I am sure the older readers will identify with my interest when tried and tested “old fashion” methods of navigation and communication are mentioned as it shows how far we have progressed since the 1971 Rio Race – and also how far we also may have retrogressed as navigation, accurate to within a few metres, is now possible at the push of a button. But that debated is not for now! I mentioned the above as I ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Yachts Far Behind Still Very Much in Race.

by Richard Crockett The fleet has been at sea for 19 days now, with a pattern beginning to emerge and the possible winners on handicap and line honours beginning to become more clear. But ocean racing is an unforgiving sport as one is always at the mercy of the wind which can change direction or speed – or both – in a flash. What I am enjoying is that more information is being broadcast about the bulk of the fleet ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Ocean Spirit Holds on to Rio Lead.

By Richard Crockett News is very varied today, with relief felt that the all women crew are well and in no trouble. The race to lead the fleet in to Rio is hotting up with ‘Ocean Spirit’ heading that attack, a mere 18nm ahead of ‘Striana’ and 28nm ahead of ‘Stormy’ with 800nm to go. While this is the race the landlubbers understand, it is the handicap race – to finish first on handicap (corrected time) that determines the overall ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Tabarly Shows His Hand – At Last

By Richard Crockett 7 photos of the Pionier Crew arriving in Cape Town Sailing is one of those sports where there are no referees or umpires watching every single move of each yacht as it competes in a race. Instead, every single person aboard is a judge who is expected to play by the rules. Now, having not read the rules for this 1971 race, I am pretty sure that the daily position reporting was a rule, which is why ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” from my archives. From Zero to Hero

By Richard Crockett 17 days after the race started the focus of attention amongst the journalists is very much on just two yachts now, ‘Albatros II’ and ‘Mercury’, both sisterships and both heading the fleet in terms of distance to the finish and more importantly on handicap too. Little is being said of the big glamour boats as these two hog the headlines. I must say that they both thoroughly deserve the attention, especially ‘Albatros’ as she damaged her mast ... Read More »

“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. “All Eyes on Southernmost Race Leaders”.

By Richard Crockett The newsmen aboard the guardship continue to hammer out the news of the massive duel sisterships ‘Albatros II’ and Mercury’ are having in the southern portion of the race course. As they lead overall it’s natural that they are getting so much attention as yacht racing is, after all, about winning. But those with loved ones, family and friends aboard other yachts would like some info too! And don’t be surprised to read that the sinking of ... Read More »