1973–1974 Whitbread Round the World Race

The 1973–74 Whitbread Round the World Race, the first edition of the Whitbread Round the World Race, started off from Portsmouth, England on 8 September 1973. Seventeen yachts of various sizes and rigs took part. During the race three sailors were swept over board and died: Paul Waterhouse, Dominique Guillet and Bernie Hosking. Waterhouse and Guillet were never to be seen again.[1]

The crew of the Mexican yacht Sayula II, a brand new Swan 65 owned and skippered by Mexican Captain Ramón Carlin, won the overall race in 133 days and 13 hours. Her actual time was 152 days.[2] In 2016, this adventure was presented in a documentary film called The Weekend Sailor.[3][4][5]


Leg Start Finish Leg winner Skipper
1 Portsmouth, England Cape Town, South Africa Adventure Patrick Bryans
2 Cape Town, South Africa Sydney, Australia Pen Duick VI Éric Tabarly
3 Sydney, Australia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Great Britain II Chay Blyth
4 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Portsmouth, England Sayula II Ramón Carlin

Race resultsEdit

Pos Boat name Skipper Country Corrected time
1 Sayula II Ramón Carlin   Mexico 133d 13h
2 Adventure Patrick Bryans, Malcolm Skene, George Vallings & Roy Mullender   United Kingdom 135d 8h
3 Grand Louis André Viant   France 138d 15h
4 Kriter Jack Grout, Michael Malinovsky & Alain Gliksman   France 141d 2h
5 Guia Giorgio Falck   Italy 142d 19h
6 Great Britain II Chay Blyth   United Kingdom 144d 11h
7 Second Life Roddy Ainslie   United Kingdom 150d 8h
8 Cserb Doi Malingri   Italy 155d 7h
9 British Soldier James Myatt   United Kingdom 156d 21h
10 Tauranga Erik Pascoli   Italy 156d 22h
11 Copernicus Zygfryd Perlicki   Poland 166d 19h
12 33 Export Jean-Pierre Millet & Dominque Guillet   France 175d 22h
13 Otago Zdzislaw Pienkawa   Poland 178d 9h
14 Peter von Danzig Reinhard Laucht   West Germany 179d 15h
Pen Duick VI Eric Tabarly   France DNF
Burton Cutter Leslie Williams & Alan Smith   United Kingdom DNF
Jakaranda John Goodwin   South Africa DNF
Concorde Pierre Chassin   France DNF
Pen Duick III M. Cuiklinski   France DNF

Legend: DNF – Did not finish;


  1. ^ "Volvo Ocean Race: History 1977-1978". Archived from the original on 21 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Did You Know? Mexico yachtsman won the first round-the-world yacht race : Mexico History". www.mexconnect.com.
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (10 May 2016). "Ramón Carlín, Casual Sailor Who Won a Round-the-World Race, Dies at 92" – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ "The Weekend Sailor |".
  5. ^ "RACE ONE 1973-74" (PDF). volvooceanrace.com.

External linksEdit

Full details of finishing positions[permanent dead link]