1977–78 Whitbread Round the World Race

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The 1977–78 Whitbread Round the World Race was the second edition of the around-the-world sailing event Whitbread Round the World Race. On 27 August 1977, 15 boats started out from Southampton for the Whitbread Round the World Race under gale-force winds and driving rain.[1] Most of the second Whitbread Race was dominated by a tight race between Swan 65 King's Legend and Flyer which eventually won the race. The 65 ft aluminium ketch Flyer was designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built at the W. Huisman shipyard in 1977 for skipper Cornelius van Rietschoten. All 15 boats finished the 26,780-nautical-mile (49,600 km) race. Great Britain II was winner on elapsed time for the second race in succession. This race was notable for the fact that Clare Francis became the first woman to skipper a Whitbread entry, the Swan 65 ADC Accutrac.[2]


Leg Start Finish Leg winner elapsed time Leg winner corrected time
1 Southampton, England Cape Town, South Africa Flyer Flyer[3]
2 Cape Town, South Africa Auckland, New Zealand Heath's Condor 33 Export
3 Auckland, New Zealand Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Great Britain II Gauloise II
4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Southampton, England Heath's Condor Gauloise II

Final standings[edit]

Pos Boat Skipper Country Time
1 Flyer Rietschoten, Conny van Conny van Rietschoten  Netherlands 119 d 1 h
2 King's Legend Ratcliffe, Nick Nick Ratcliffe & Mike Clancy  Great Britain 121 d 11 h
3 Traité de Rome Hanin, Philippe Philippe Hanin  EU 121 d 18 h
4 Disque d’Or Fehlmann, Pierre Pierre Fehlmann   Switzerland 122 d 10 h
5 Adc Accutrac Francis, Clare Clare Francis  Great Britain 126 d 20 h
6 Gauloises II Loizeau, Eric Eric Loizeau  France 127 d 7 h
7 Adventure Watts, James James Watts, David Leslie, Ian Bailey-Willmot & Robin Duchesne  Great Britain 128 d 2 h
8 Neptune Deguy, Bernard Bernard Deguy  France 130 d 11 h
9 B&B Italia Di Majo, Corrado Corrado Di Majo  Italy 132 d 2 h
10 33 Export Gabbay, Alain Alain Gabbay  France 133 d 0 h 31 m
11 Tielsa Nauta, Dirk Dirk Nauta  Netherlands 133 d 0 h 36 m
12 Great Britain II James, Rob Rob James  Great Britain 134 d 10 h
13 Debenhams Ridgway, John John Ridgway  Great Britain 135 d 19 h
14 Japy-Hermes Viant, Jean Michel Jean Michel Viant  France 143 d 6 h
15 Heath's Condor Williams, Leslie Leslie Williams & Robin Knox-Johnston  Great Britain 144 d 0 h