The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will have another link to the first edition of the Whitbread in 1973-74 with ‘Adventure’ to be represented by her sister ship ‘Dasher’.
Adventure, the boat that finished second in the inaugural Whitbread, will be represented at the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta by her sister ship Dasher.
Adventure was the British Royal Navy entrant in 1973 and 1977 and enjoyed a spectacular first race, winning three of the four legs and finishing second overall.
She will be raced in the Legends by original members of her crew, joined by some of the crew from 1989-90 entry Satquote British Defender.
Times have certainly changed from that first race in 1973-74.
Commander Colin Watkins, part of Adventure’s crew and later a skipper of British Satquote Defender, remembers at the start of the third leg, from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, that Adventure was weighed down to the gunwales with 500 cans of beer, 50 bottles of wine and a couple of cases of spirits. “Plus of course tons of tinned food and bags of flour for baking,” he recalls.
In the Southern Ocean, the crew planned to be kept warm by a temperamental charcoal stove. “in theory it warmed the boat, but all it ever did was smoke us out and burn through our socks,” remembers Colin Watkins.
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.
The Legends Regatta will be held in Alicante at the start of November, between the Alicante In Port race on October 29 and the start of the first leg to Cape Town on Saturday, November 5.
Entries in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion:
1. 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. Traité de Rome 1977-78 and 1981-82 (51’ aluminium sloop)