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 September1973. 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 is presented in a documentary film called The Weekend Sailor.[3][4][5]


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

Legend: DNF – Did not finish;


Full details of finishing positions[permanent dead link]