“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 ‘Striana’ crew who were hosted by Lawrence Miller. They promised him victory, which they nearly succeeded in delivering too. At the time this article was written, Striana was in the lead on handicap.

And does it surprise you that Tabarly was protesting his result?

“Water for Three Bears”. While the first yachts to finish the Cape-to-Rio race were at moorings in Guanabara Bay yesterday, ‘Tafelberg’ replenished the dwindling water supply of the Durban entry, ‘Three Bears’, in a mid-ocean rendezvous about 700 miles east of Rio.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 11 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000438 – OCR

Three Bears is ‘Feeling More Alive’. For the 15 m Durban ketch ‘Three Bears’, low in fresh water reserves and battery power, ‘S.A.S. Tafelberg’ represented a port of refuge yesterday. By the time ‘Three Bears’ set off for Rio, 730 miles to the west, she had been given a new lease of life.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 11 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000439 – OCR

“Striana Now Corrected Time Leader”. The French yacht ‘Striana’, which crossed the finishing line on Tuesday evening, was reported yesterday to be leading the overall standings of the Cape-to-Rio yacht race on corrected time.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 11 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000346 – OCR

“Tabarly in Row Over Race Class Result”. Ace French yachtsman Eric Tabarly, skipper of ‘Pen Duick III’, is to protest about a decision of the Cape-to-Rio race committee here last night that denied him the victory he claims for his yacht in Class I of the race.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 11 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection – stitched – 000323-1 – OCR

“We’ll Win for You,·They Told Him”. Nobody is more enthusiastic about the success of the 18m French ketch ‘Striana’ than the Cape Town man who acted as host to the crew during their stay here.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 02 11 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000347 – OCR