Wednesday 6 February 2013

Tal Gal at Ilha Grande, Brasil.

Yacht Tal-Gal was the idea of the local manager of Tal Tile Adhesives, the plan was for six girls to enter the 1982 international yacht race from Cape Town, South Africa, to Punta Del Este, Uruguay. Due to very light airs that year many of the fleet ended up with a DNF.

I was one of the two who sailed the boat back from Brasil where the boat made shore in Rio De Janerio.

A very youthfull looking Roy, Alan Butler took the picture using my Canon FT 35mm film camera.

Peter, the owner of the land we were on and call sign PY 1 ZAK had his ham radio shack high up on the hill behind his beach cottage home, we drove up in his VW jeep, the shack is out of sight but was to the right of the picture.

A full blog on this place can be found here.

QSL card from Peter, he gave me another one.

Elangaini is on the left an Tal-Gal on the right, what a perfect place to anchor!
Elangaini was one of the finishers and had sailed back up the coast .
Pictures by R McBride

Entries for the 1982 race, again to Punta del Este, increased from 36 to 48. The international sporting boycott of South Africa, in protest against its apartheid policies of the time, saw to it that there were only two foreign entries in the fleet.

The race developed into a duel between the South African Navy entry Voortrekker II, skippered by Bertie Reed, and Rampant II, skippered by Alan Tucker.

In light winds, the two yachts, both designed by Angelo Lavranos, fought it out for the lead, but the light winds saw them being passed by smaller boats at times.

Just after rounding Ilha de Trinidade, the race swung in favour of Rampant II, who benefited from running into a number of rain squalls. She reached Punta del Este a day before Voortrekker II, but the Navy entry had the satisfaction of finishing two-and-a-half hours ahead of Rampant II on corrected time.

Suidoos took victory in a tightly-contested battle for handicap honours.

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