1977-78 Official Film | Whitbread Round the World Race

Courtesy of The Ocean Race

The second edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race cemented the race’s place as a fixture and pillar event in the sport of sailing. Dutchman Conny van Rietschoten would claim the race on corrected time in Flyer, a Sparksman and Stephens design that can still be seen sailing today.

Clare Francis became the first woman to skipper a boat in the race and Sir Peter Blake, making his second Whitbread appearance as one of the crew on board Heath’s Condor, was forced to make a spectacular man overboard rescue in the Southern Ocean.

15 boats would start the race in Portsmouth and all 15 completed the four-leg, 27,000 nautical mile course.

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