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5 February 2002, 01:24 pm
Finishers Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
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XX Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro Race
Rio de Janeiro

There was a very close finish to the XX Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro Race, which was a reflection of the close racing thoughout. The winds were very light, which demanded high concentration and effort from the crews.
Seven of the nine boats which started this XX "Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro" Ocean Race, have arrived already after 1200 miles of tough racing in the Río de la Plata and the South Atlantic.

It was a rather "slow" race with light winds prevailing which imposed an enormous amount of concentration and a permanent effort to maintain pressure and speed on the boat. The work of helmsmen, trimmers and navigators have earnt a great "Well done!". No doubt the sail changes and manoeuvers had been infinite. Our special praise goes to the three boats that raced with a crew of only two sailors, especially "Manila-Biogenesis" and "Mistico".

Equally interesting was the private dual between the two naval boats, "Fortuna II" of Argentina´s Navy and "Marlin-Petrobras" of Brazil´s Navy. Also important was the struggle between "Utopía", "Cosa Nostra" and "Fanfarrón II", which resulted in the victory of the last mentioned.

At the time of writing only two boats have yet to cross the finish line.

Provisional results:


Place Name Owner Model Elapsed time
1 "Fanfarron II" Mr. Gonzalo Haedo F&C 38 215 hs 53 m 34 s
2 "Utopía" Mr. Juan J. Tasso Pandora 34 212 hs 13 m 18 s
3 "Cosa Nostra" Mr. José Pettoruti Fran 34 214 hs 35 m 44 s
4 "Fortuna II" Argentine Navy Frers 54 195 hs 08 m 30 s
5 "Marlin-Petrobras" Brazilian Navy First 40,7 200 hs 54 m 40 s
Still Racing "Cocktail" Federico Rojas Domato 40

Double Crewed Boats

Place Name Owner Model Elapsed time
1 "Manila-Biogenesis" Cámpora /Carbonell Regge 41 207 hs 11 m 03 s
2 "Místico" Bertolino/Pachiani Pilot 360 212 hs 50 m 14 s
Still Racing "Rocío" Bianchi/Sorrentini Chiappini 42
Alfredo Bafico Rojas/News Editor
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