1973–74 Whitbread Round the World Race

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The 1973–74 Whitbread Round the World Race, the first edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race, started off from Portsmouth, England on 8 September 1973. Seventeen yachts of various sizes and rigs took part. During the race three sailors were swept over board and died: Paul Waterhouse, Dominique Guillet and Bernie Hosking. Waterhouse and Guillet were never to be seen again.[1]

The crew of the Mexican yacht Sayula II, a brand new Swan 65 owned and skippered by Mexican Captain Ramón Carlin, won the overall race in 133 days and 13 hours. Her actual time was 152 days.[2] In 2016, this adventure will be presented in a documentary film called The Weekend Sailor.[3][4]


Leg Start Finish Leg winner Skipper
1 Portsmouth, England Cape Town, South Africa Adventure Patrick Bryans
2 Cape Town, South Africa Sydney, Australia Pen Duick VI Éric Tabarly
3 Sydney, Australia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Great Britain II Chay Blyth
4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Portsmouth, England Sayula II Ramón Carlin

Race results[edit]

Pos Boat Skipper Country Corrected time
1 Sayula II Carlin, Ramón Ramón Carlin  Mexico 133d 13h
2 Adventure Bryans, Patrick Patrick Bryans, Malcolm Skene, George Vallings & Roy Mullender  United Kingdom 135d 8h
3 Grand Louis Viant, André André Viant  France 138d 15h
4 Kriter Grout, Jack Jack Grout, Michael Malinovsky & Alain Gliksman  France 141d 2h
5 Guia Falck, Giorgio Giorgio Falck  Italy 142d 19h
6 Great Britain II Blyth, Chay Chay Blyth  United Kingdom 144d 11h
7 Second Life Ainslie, Roddy Roddy Ainslie  United Kingdom 150d 8h
8 Cserb Malingri, Doi Doi Malingri  Italy 155d 7h
9 British Soldier Myatt, James James Myatt  United Kingdom 156d 21h
10 Tauranga Pascoli, Erik Erik Pascoli  Italy 156d 22h
11 Copernicus Perlicki, Zygfryd Zygfryd Perlicki  Poland 166d 19h
12 33 Export Millet, Jean-Pierre Jean-Pierre Millet & Dominque Guillet  France 175d 22h
13 Otago Pienkawa, Zdzislaw Zdzislaw Pienkawa  Poland 178d 9h
14 Peter von Danzig Laucht, Reinhard Reinhard Laucht  West Germany 179d 15h
Pen Duick VI Tabarly, Eric Eric Tabarly  France DNF
Burton Cutter Williams, Leslie Leslie Williams & Alan Smith  United Kingdom DNF
Jakaranda Goodwin, John John Goodwin  South Africa DNF
Concorde Chassin, Pierre Pierre Chassin  France DNF
Pen Duick III Cuiklinski, M. M. Cuiklinski  France DNF

Legend: DNF – Did not finish;


Full details of finishing positions