- Title: NEW ZEALAND: GLOBAL CHALLENGE YACHTS BOUND FOR SYDNEY.
- Date: 9th February 1997
- Summary: WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (FEBRUARY 9, 1997) 1. WIDE ANGLE OF WELLINGTON HARBOUR 2. CREWS MAKE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR DEPARTURE 3. CREW ALONG DOCKSIDE WITH TROLLEY OF SUPPLIES 4. CHAY BLYTH, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CHALLENGE BUSINESS AND EVENT ORGANISER 5. BLYTH SAYS THE NEXT LEG WILL BE VERY EXCITING, NOT AN ENDLESS SLOG ACROSS THE SOUTHERN OCEAN BUT A SPRINT. THE WINDS WILL BE LIGHT AND YACHT RACES ARE WON AND LOST IN THE LIGHT WINDS SO IT WILL BE THE SKIPPER THAT PAYS ATTENTION TO THE MINUTE DETAILS WHO WILL WIN THE DAY (ENGLISH) 6. WIDE ANGLE CREWS PREPARING TO DEPART 7. FAREWELLS 8. BOATS AT START LINE 9. START GUN ON BOARD NEW ZEALAND NAVY SHIP WAIKATO 10. AERIAL OF FLEET 11. YACHTS ROUND BUOY 12. GV AERIAL OF FLEET 13. HEATH INSURED 14. NUCLEAR ELECTRIC 15. SAVE THE CHILDREN CREW MEMBER CLIMBS UP RIGGING 16. COURTAULDS 17. LOW LEVEL AERIAL OF LEADING YACHTS HEADING OUT TO SEA Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 24th February 1997 12:00
- Location: WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
- Country: New Zealand
- Reuters ID: LVA7Z96X1UV3T2O67HQPOYW5GAHW
- Story Text: Following several
weeks' rest in Wellington, New Zealand, the 14 yachts in the BT Global
Challenge, a race around the world against prevailing winds, left for Sydney on
Sunday (February 9).
First to cross the line was Save the Children, closely followed by Courtaulds
International and Heath Insured II.
By the time the yachts had rounded the fourth buoy from the start, Save the
Children and Nuclear Electric were jointly in the lead.
But strong winds of 25-30 knots caused Nuclear Electric to blow its spinnaker
which forced it to slow down and lose its edge over the other yachts.
The third leg of the race, the shortest of the six stages, is approximately
2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) long and is expected to take about six days, a
sprint compared to the previous stages, which took the yachts from Southampton
in the UK to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and then round Cape Horn to Wellington.
All the participants are eagerly awaiting their arrival in Sydney harbour,
considered to be one of the most scenic in the world. The fleet is expected to
cross the finish line on or around 15 February.
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