Nine Entries for Volvo Legends Race

Two-time Whitbread yacht Adventure, the British Royal Navy entrant in 1973 and 1977, will be represented at the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta by her sister ship Dasher, raced by original members of Adventure's crew and joined by some of the crew from British Satquote Defender, the British Joint Services maxi boat entry in 1989-90.
Adventure

This latest addition brings the Legends fleet to nine, and with several more boats likely to confirm their participation a fleet of around 15 is now looking possible for the race in Alicante in November.
Adventure, a production Nicholson 55 sloop, competed in the first two Whitbreads, finishing second in 1973-74 and seventh in 1977-78. She was later given to the Russian Navy and is now lying in St Petersburg. During her second race around the world, she was skippered in part by the late Ian Bailey-Willmot, former Race Director of the Whitbread Round the World Race and later Chairman of the Race Committee.

Adventure was one a number of boats were ordered as training yachts by the British Ministry of Defence. Designed by Raymond Wall, Adventure was immediately commissioned as the Royal Navy entrant, after the Whitbread Brewery announced in 1972 they would sponsor the first fully crewed race around the world.
Adventure had four crews, one for each leg of the race, so as many people as possible could be trained and gain experience in what was destined to become the world's premier ocean race. The crew was chosen from hundreds of volunteers who had sailed Adventure during 1972.
Adventure won the 8,370-nautical mile leg to Rio de Janeiro, but as she crossed the line at midnight, there was not a soul to be seen. "No one was there to welcome us after 42 days at sea, and we came first," says Colin Watkins. Apparently, the Race Committee had decided that Adventure could not possibly finish that night and had retired bed.
About AdventureRig: Masthead Sloop
Designer: Raymond Wall
LOA 55’ (14.0m)
Crew: 10-11
Finished 2nd 1973-74
Elapsed time 162.19
Skippers: Patrick Bryans, Malcolm Skene, George Vallings and Roy Mullender
Finished 7th1977-78
Elapsed time 158.14
Skippers: James Watts, David Leslie, Ian Bailey-Willmot and Robin Duchesne


Entries in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion1. Copernicus 1973-74 (45': the smallest boat ever to race)
2. Great Britain II/Whitbread Heritage (Maxi - took part in the first five races
3. Rothmans 1989-90 (Maxi)
4. Berge Viking 1981-82 (Swan 57)
5. Charles Jourdan 1989-90 (Maxi)
6. Steinlager 2 1989-90 (Maxi Ketch)
7. Gauloises III 1981-82 (62' Sloop) sailed by the French crew of Grand Louis/Japy-Hermes and Kriter IX
8. Traite de Rome 1977-78 and 1981-82 (51' aluminium sloop)
9. Adventure/Dasher

About the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion• The first ever official reunion of all who have sailed in the world’s premier ocean race since the inaugural race in 1973-74
• To be held in Alicante, Spain from 1-5 November 2011, week between Alicante In-Port Race and the start of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race
• A full racing schedule over two days
• Will conclude with a departure ceremony and parade of sail to escort the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to the start line for leg one
• A rich shoreside programme includes a regatta prizegiving, a gala dinner and a host of other social events
• Chat shows and forums after racing
• Legends entries open for public viewing
• 148 boats have crossed the start line in the 37-year history of The Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race
• 1974 crew competed in the first 10 events
• The first 31,250 nautical-mile race first took place 37 years ago (as the Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74), testing the crews against some of the most ferocious elements that man can encounter
• The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 will be the 11th edition of the event
www.volvooceanrace.com

Nine Entries for Volvo Legends Race Nine Entries for Volvo Legends Race Reviewed by Panos Douros on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Rating: 5

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