“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Pilot Sent Girl Crew Diving for Covering

by Richard Crockett

My sincere and humble apologies for the unscheduled break in transmission. My trusty iMac crashed on me and needed to be replaced, and once received, still needed all programmes and backed-up work re-installed, and all my settings reconfigured with the new updated software and operating system.

So with a smile on my dial, a new iMac and renewed energy, it’s back to work and wrapping up the 50th anniversary coverage of the 1971 Cape to Rio Race.

Everything I have after my last published post, is included today. Sadly my records came to an abrupt end once the fleet started finishing in Rio. I do hope that someone out there has a few scrap books of Rio Race cuttings they will share with me, and which take in the final days up to the prize giving and the return passages.

If you have any historical sailing records you would like to share, whether newspaper cuttings, magazine articles, diaries, photographs and more, I would appreciate hearing from you. E-Mail me at: editor@sailing.co.za

Tomorrow I will bring the absolute finale on this 1971 Cape to Rio Race with a full report from concept to completion, plus details of all the competing boats. So stand by for the wrap-up tomorrow.

“Birthday Call From Rio”. Three hours after the Cape yacht ‘Elegance’ sailed into Rio on Monday, the skipper’s wife, Mrs. Cora Gregory, of Pinelands, was just uncorking the bubbly at home to celebrate the birthday of her husband, when the “birthday boy” ‘phoned – all the way from Rio.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 24 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000286 – OCR

“Albatros Gave Lesson in Skill”. How ‘Albatros’ recovered from disaster in the first hours of the Rio race and sailed on to become overall winner is described by a witness in the latest issue of the False Bay Yacht Club Journal.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 20 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000550 – OCR

“Albatros Takes Eight Awards In·Rio Race.” The 12.8-metre sloop ‘Albatros 11′, overall winner on corrected time of the 3 800-mile Cape-to-Rio race, has taken no fewer than eight awards.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 20 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000387 – OCR

“Stormkaap Due Today”. The Cape Town sloop ‘Stormkaap’, forced to retire from the Rio yacht race following rudder trouble, was due to arrive back home from St. Helena at 7 a.m. to-day onboard the Royal Naval supply’ ship ‘Resurgent’, a naval spokesman announced here yesterday.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 20 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000343 – OCR

“Dalling’s Crew Worked Wonders”. ‘Jakaranda’s’ sailing time from her second Cape Town departure shows how close the Bester brothers were to putting a South African yacht first across the line in the first Rio race.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 19 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000549 – OCR

“Pilot Sent Girl Crew Diving for Covering”. Molly Warr’s all-woman crew ducked for cover when a Brazilian Air Force patrol plane made a low pass over their sloop Sprinter earlier this week.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 19 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000435 – OCR

“Champagne As Sprinter Enters·Rio”. Mrs. Molly Warr, 45, and her crew of four women broke open two bottles of warm champagne as they crossed the finish line of the Cape-to-Rio yacht race here yesterday afternoon.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 19 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000433 – OCR

“Tiny Sloop Battles Gamely On”. The British sloop ‘Barbette’ – at 9.1 m the smallest competitor in the Cape-to-Rio race-was yesterday still gamely struggling along under jury rig in the vicinity of Cape Rio after being dismasted in her final run for the finishing line.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 19 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000390 – OCR

“Stormkaap Back Home Tomorrow”. The 15.5 m Cape Town sloop ‘Stormkaap’ and her crew will arrive home tomorrow as deck cargo aboard a Royal Navy supply vessel ‘Resurgent’.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 19 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000342 – OCR

“Cariad Sails Into Rio .’Like A Pirate Ship’.” ‘Cariad I’, grand old lady of the seas, sailed into Rio de Janeiro yesterday afternoon at the end of her first big adventure after a facelift in Durban.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 19 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000240 – OCR