23 December 2013

Flyer - finish of Whitbread Race 1977-78

The legendary Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race skipper Cornelius van Rietschoten passed away recently - van Rietschoten won the Whitbread race in 1977-78 on his first Flyer, and again in 1981-82 on his second Flyer. This video has some classic footage of Flyer finishing the 1977-78 race - the race was won the race but there was no let up by van Rietschoten and his crew as Flyer came rolling down the Solent, first blowing out a spinnaker, and then hoisting their shooter with a poled-out headsail.

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