This post features some photographs and video from the 1983 Admiral's Cup series - the regatta was won by a strong German team of two minimum raters (30.0ft IOR), Outsider and Sabina, and the bigger Pinta (sistership to Container). The light airs in both the Channel Race and the Fastnet favoured smaller yachts, and Germany was ideally placed in this respect, with all three yachts finishing very highly in the individual results to give them a commanding 167 point margin over the second placed Italian team in the final standings.
|Lady Be, one of the chartered yachts in the New Zealand team, rounding a weather mark with US yacht Locura in pursuit|
The video below is from an interview (in German) with crew from the Jacques de Ridder designed Sabina (winner of the Channel Race and second individual yacht overall), Thomas Michaelsen and Tim Kroger. The sailing footage starts at 3:15 and ends at 5:45, with some good top mark rounding shots of the three German yachts.
|Sabina and Di-hard in action at a gybe mark during the 1983 Admiral's Cup|
A second and shorter video can also be viewed here. This features interviews with the same crew from Sabina, and the the sailing footage starts from 1:13 (note, for some reason these links may not work on Apple systems like iPad).
|Germany's Container 79 (sailing for Austria) and Italy's Almagores charging down the Solent during the first race of the series|
|Lady Be leads Scarlett O'Hara downwind (photo Alan Sefton)|
|Shockwave (New Zealand) gets off to a great start in the second race, with team-mate Lady Be up to weather, the two boats going on to score third and fourth in this race (photo from Jonathan Eastland's archives)|
|The Tony Castro designed Justine IV, skippered by Harold Cudmore to third place overall thanks to some very strong performances in the offshore races, but part of an otherwise unsuccessful (11th placed) Irish team|
|Australian yacht Bondi Tram, a custom German Frers 41ft design, and top yacht of the fourth placed Australian team|
|The German yacht Espada sailed for the Austrian team, and seen here in the second race|