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|
Legend: DNF – Did not finish;