“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Voortrekker Leads – & Damage Already

by Richard Crockett

I will be bringing as much news as possible every day until the finish.

Just one day out and ‘Voortrekker’ leads the fleet from ‘Jakaranda’. And there’s drama already as ‘Cariad’ has to avoid a tanker, ‘Stormkaap’ has steering problems and ‘Jakaranda’ was reported to be withdrawing with steering problems. I suppose that’s just a normal day in the life of an ocean race!

“Start Was ‘Extremely Good”. As seen from the starting point at sea, ‘Westwind’, ‘Stormkaap’ and ‘City of Germiston’ were first across the line. The yachts bunched at the seaward end of the line, with ‘Jakaranda’ coming through. ‘Elegance’ came in Iate, with ‘Cariad’ 20 minutes after the starting gun.
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“Voortrekker in Lead; Then It’s Tabarly”. ‘Voortrekker’, the sloop which put South Africa’s name on the world yachting map, is·leading on both actual and handicap positions, according to the first position report from the Cape-to-Rio race, issued last night.
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“Cariad Veers From Path of Onrushing Tanker”. ‘Cariad I’ is coasting along at a sedate five knots in light airs and glorious sunshine, having travelled 309 sea miles since leaving Cape Town 39 hours ago. But we are lucky to be here at all after a near collision with an unidentified tanker late on Saturday night.
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“Jakaranda Out and Another Disabled”. ‘Cariad’ nearly hit by tanker . South Africa’s hopes in the Cape-to-Rio yacht race received a setback today with the withdrawal of Bruce Dalling’s 17 m yawl ‘Jakaranda’ and the news that the Cape Town sloop ‘Stormkaap’ was making for Port Nolloth with steering trouble.
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“Stormkaap Steering trouble”. ‘Stormkaap’, the 16 m (52 ft.) Cape Town sloop skippered by Dave Abromowitz, one of the Cape to Rio entrants, reported at 7 a.m. yesterday that she had a minor steering problem.
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“Wayfarer Has A New Cook”. Young Graham Sutton of Durban jumped from the pierhead yesterday to put his gear aboard the ‘Wayfarer’, shook hands with skipper Peter Young, and officially became the yachts new cook.
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“The Man Left Behind to Mop up”. lt was a case of the “morning after” at Unitie yesterday. The party was over and the guests, in the shape or 58 yachts, sloops, ketches, yawls, cutters and schooners, their skippers and crews, had left on their long haul across the South Atlantic.
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“Getting Back”. Sailing to Rio is one thing, getting back to base is another. Crews of the foreign-owned yachts will be making their own 1 arrangements once they get to Rio.
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“Latest Positions”. This table, supplied by the Cape-to-Rio race authorities, shows the position of the contestants at 4 p.m. yesterday.
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