The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on January 15, 1967 · Page 3
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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia · Page 3

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sunday, January 15, 1967
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qRACE CRASH i i . s .. - , t &t ' "" S . vftr a- : ,C N ' - ; m -: fa - ; f" ' Dame Pattie's crewmen work on the tangle of snapped. By LOU d'ALPUGET, "Tha Sinn's" vnrhtino " " j writer Dame Pattie wa3 dismasted within 250 yards of the finishing line in her third America's Cup t r i a 1 against Gretel yesterday. It was a sensational finish to a dramatic race which Dame Pattie had Won easily. She had outsailed Gretel in a fresh north easter and was leading ,by . almost four minutes when her 90-foot spar crashed over the side. . None of her 11-man crew was Injured when the half-ton mast with , its mass of steel rod rigging came down. ; It carried with it Dame Pattie's 1,300 square feet mainsail and 600 square feet Genoa jib. , Superior The massive aluminium alloy spar, worth with the rigging, $18,000, broke 20 feet above the deck. This was almost at the same spot at which it had previously snapped during Dame Pattie's first sailing trials four months ago. Subsequently the mast was repaired by its makers, Victa Aircraft Company and, although slightly twisted at the top, seemed in good condition. Dame Pattie had used It successfully in four months of solid crew training in breezes of all strengths. During yesterday's rac Dame Pattie was The new man at Gretel' s wheel Trygve. ' Halvorsen - before the start. vastly Gretel's superior, despite the replacement of Archie Robertson by Trygve Halvorsen as Gretel's helmsman. Jock Sturrock, Dame Pattie's skipper, out-generalled Halvorsen at the start and manoeuvred him into an awkward position as the yachts crossed the line. He precisely judged his yacht's pace and swooped under the lee of Gretel as they crossed the- starting line, forcing Halvorsen in the wind sails after the mast now ward boat to luff up and forcing him to keep his boat clear as he was required to do under the rules. A spokesman for the Dame Pattie syndicate said last night that a second mast was ready and would be installed next week. Today's race would not take place, but Dame Pattie was expected to be ready for further race trials next weekend. UvU Top Commonwealth and Vietnamese security agents are working this : weekend on an elaborate "master-plan" to protect Air Vice-Marshal Ky during his Australian visit. The plan Is understood to provide for the total sealing off, if necessary, of Kirribilli Point in Sydney. The South Vietnamese Prime Minister is expected to stay in either Kirribilli House or Admiralty House next Saturday night. The security plan also provides for Commonwealth police to delay the departure of world-famous yachtsman Francis Chichester from Sydney Harbour. Harbour Cruise "Of course this may not be necessary; Mr Chichester hasn't yet announced exactly when he plans to sail," a source close to security headquarters told "The Sun-Herald" yesterday.' "But it has been rumoured he will leave on Saturday, so security -planners must bear this in mind. "And you must remem PERSON At GUARDS Direction of security operations while Marshal Ky is in Sydney will be similar to that of President Johnson's visit. A helicopter will follow him wherever he goes and will direct police reinforcements to potential trouble spots. .' , , "' ' . ;. Although the routes Marshal Ky will take to and from the various functions arranged for him in Sydney are being kept secret it is known that security men will pay particular attention to the Kirribilli area. It has been reported that the Federal Opposition Leader, Mr. Calwell, will lead a march of demonstrators against Marshal 1 Ky from the Harbour Bridge to Kirribilli House. . Security screen Tour organisers believe extremists could use this to start violent demonstrations. However, they point out that Commonwealth Security's Sydney headquarters are almost next door to Kirribilli House. Security men know the area "like the back of their hands," and would only have to block four streets to seal it off completely. In addition to the huge Commonwealth and State security screen, Marshal Ky will have his own personal bodyguard of crack South Vietnamese - troops never more than an arm's length uuu ber Mr Chichester , has ' his yacht berthed at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli. "If there's any sign of. his going when Air Marshal Ky is anywhere near the Harbour, you know who'll take second place! The South Vietnam Prime Minister's visit to Sydney next Saturday, which begins when he flies in from Can berra at 11 a.m.,. includes a Harbour cruise during the afternoon. As was the case during President Johnson's .. visit, 5tQtA anrl Pfimmnnwealth police patrol boats will keep spectator cran ai least iuu yards from the Prime Mini sters launch. On . shore, plans have been made for a State police guard of at least 1,200 men to be on duty. All police leave next Sat- nrAnxr hoc Vipcn rnncelled UIUUJ I4UU and arrangements have been mnAa tn cimnlpmMlt CltV uiauv . w "tj2 j police strength with officers trom nearoy country centres. away from him during his Australian visit. Several members of the bodyguard who flew into Sydney from Saigon during the week were in Canberra yesterday working . on . the master security plan with Commonwealth securiy chiefs. The rest will accompany the South Vietnamese Prime Minister in his luxuriously appointed DC-6B aircraft. 'The men of this personal bodyguard are the same men who threw themselves in - front of : Marshal Ky when a mortar bomb accident threatened his life in Saigon the other day' said a tour official;--'-- . '!": : .."You can" rest assured they'll react the same way here should- any trouble blow up." . ..... ; FILM MAN DEAD , LONDON, Saturday (A.A.P.-Reuter) Russian-born , film producer and author, Anatole de Gruh-wald, 56, died yesterday at Westminster Hospital, London, where he had been ill since November. His major films Included "The Winslow Boy," "The Way To The Stars," "The V.I.P.'s" and 'The Yellow Rolls-Royce." J SCOT WINS BIG N.Z. CAR RACE WELLINGTON, " (N.Z.), Saturday. Former world champion Jimmy Clark turned the tables on his fellow Scotsman, Jackie Stewart, today and won the . 53-mile Wills Levin International Race. Clark (pictured) finished second to Stewart in the New Zealand Grand Prix last Saturday. Today Clark was quicker off the mark. This, he said, was the result of new tyres which had not arrived for last Saturday's race at Auckland. Today Clark was always in is your HEARING AID outdated o lH PERFORMANCE? o III COMFORT? o IN APPEARANCE? 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