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The Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74 Official Film

by The Ocean Race 22 Mar 2020 00:00 PDT
The Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74 © The Ocean Race

Like so many great adventure stories, this one started in a pub, with a conversation between the Royal Naval Sailing Association and the head of the Whitbread Brewery.

Within a year or so, 17 crews were on the start line off Portsmouth, UK, for the first Whitbread Round the World Race in September 1973.

From that was born one of the greatest sporting events in the world. Check out the story of the first edition of what we now know as The Ocean Race.

For the first time, we present this film in a new restored version.

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