|Hitchhiker seen here in the middle of a crowded startline and in a tight spot with Stars & Stripes|
The previous post highlighted the stellar performance of Hitchhiker in the 1981 Australian Admiral's Cup trials, where she won five of the races in the series. She arrived at Cowes with a terrific reputation, and Harold Cudmore joined skipper Noel Robins for the inshore races. Unfortunately, however, Hitchhiker's reputation came undone right from this first race when she got tangled up with US yachts Scaramouche and Stars & Stripes and Spain's Bribon III, and ended up over the startline early. Although Hitchhiker went on to finish the race, she was disqualified, presumably for the startline collisions.
|Britain's Victory of Burnham gets a good start, to windward of Australia's Apollo V and the US's Scaramouche and Intuition|
|Hitchhiker creeps along in light airs in the first race, to leeward of Germany's Pinta and Britain's Victory of Burnham to windward|
|Pinta and Caiman II lead the way after the first mark|
|The fleet struggles downwind in the torturous light airs of the first race|
|Brava struggles too far to one side of the course, while team-mate Almagores and Australia's Apollo V sneak past|
The breeze didn't fill in until 1730, allowing the back half of the fleet to make the finish just inside the time limit, but only after the 24 mile race had been reduced to nine. Caiman II went on to win the race, followed by Almagores and Pinta, while the Canadian team claimed top team honours.
|Victory of Burnham follows Pinta to the finish|