1981–1982 Whitbread Round the World Race

The 1981–82 Whitbread Round the World Race was the third edition of the around-the-world sailing event Whitbread Round the World Race. On 29 August 1981, 29 boats started out from Southampton for the Whitbread Round the World Race.

The maxi yacht Flyer II was designed by Germán Frers and built at the W. Huisman shipyard in 1981 for skipper Cornelius van Rietschoten. In an unusual feat, she won the race both on line honours and on handicap. Only 20 finished the race out of the 29 that started it.


Leg Start Finish Leg winner elapsed time Leg winner corrected time
1 Southampton, England Cape Town, South Africa Flyer II Kriter IX
2 Cape Town, South Africa Auckland, New Zealand Flyer II Ceramco NZ
3 Auckland, New Zealand Mar del Plata, Argentina Flyer II Mor Bihan
4 Mar del Plata, Argentina Portsmouth, England Flyer II Ceramco NZ

Race resultsEdit


Pos Boat name Skipper Country Corrected time
1 Flyer II Conny van Rietschoten   Netherlands 119d 1h
2 Charles Heidsieck III Alain Gabbay   France 120d 7h
3 Kriter XI André Viant   France 120d 10h
4 Disque d'Or III Pierre Fehlmann    Switzerland 123d 11h
5 Outward Bound Digby Taylor   New Zealand 124d 11h
6 Xargo III Padda Kuttel   South Africa 124d 19h
7 Mor Bihan Phillipe Poupon   France 125d 15h
8 Berge Viking Peder Lunde   Norway 125d 16h
9 Alaska Eagle Skip Novak & Neil Bergt   United States 126d 10h
10 Euromarche Eric Tabarly   France 126d 23h
11 Ceramco New Zealand Peter Blake   New Zealand 127d 17h
12 Skopbank Finland Kenneth Gahmberg   Finland 128d 15h
13 Rollygo Giorgio Falck   Italy 129d 20h
14 Traité de Rome Antonio Chioatto   Europe 130d 23h
15 Croky Gustaaf Versluys   Belgium 133d 23h
16 FCF Challenger Leslie Williams   United Kingdom 138d 15h
17 United Friendly Chay Blyth   United Kingdom 141d 10h
18 Walross III Berlin E. Hahn, O. Michel & C. Reichardt   West Germany 143d 19h
19 Licor 43 Joaquin Coello   Spain 160d 2h
20 Ilgagomma Roberto Vianello   Italy 160d 9h
European Uni. Belgium Jean Blondiau   Belgium DNF
33 Export Phillipe Schaff   France DNF
Gauloises III Eric Loizeau   France DNF
La Barca Laboratorio Claudio Stampi   Italy DNF
Save Venice Doi Malingri   Italy DNF
Vivanapoli Beppe Panada   Italy DNF
Scandinavian Reino Engqvist   Sweden DNF
Swedish Entry Mogens Bugge   Sweden DNF
Bubblegum Iain Mcgown-Fyfe   United Kingdom DNF

Legend: DNF – Did not finish;


  1. ^ "History" (PDF). 2 March 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2012.