“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Scouts Swam Among the Porpoises

by Richard Crockett

Now that the fleet is beginning to crowd the mooring facilities in Rio, and the crew relax in the fine facilities of the yacht club, the stories from sea are beginning to be told. And delightful they are too.

I suppose it was inevitable that the Scouts aboard ‘Active’ wanted ice cream and fruit salad, although I bet the bulk of the crew of all yachts wanted nothing but beer – and lots of it! And of course a long hot shower.

The word ‘Sprinter’ is on the minds of everyone as the all-women crew get ever closer to the finish line, and there will undoubtedly be a huge welcome for them. Bouquets of flowers are just the beginning – champagne too no doubt.

“Rio Yachting Scouts Swam Among the Porpoises”. ‘Where’s the ice cream and fresh fruit salad?’ This was the first question asked by the Sea Scout crew of ‘Active’, the Cape Town cutter which arrived here yesterday afternoon, 32 days, two hours, 43 minutes and 11 seconds after sailing from Table Bay.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 18 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000280 – OCR

“Bouquets for Sprinter”. Bouquets of flowers for each of the five crew members – this is part of the big welcome that awaits ‘Sprinter’, due in here this afternoon.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 18 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000432 – OCR

“Another Rio Yacht Hit A Whale”. The crew of ‘Corsair’ spent days looking for signs of damage and possible leaks after the 16 metre Cape Town cruising yacht rammed a whale a few days after setting sail from Cape Town.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 18 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000284 – OCR