1979

The most obvious innovation in the second race was the acceptance of twohanded
as well as single-handed entries, a move which proved very popular.
Over 100 yachts entered though only 89 actually started, but even so the
strain on facilities at both ends of the course was intense. Handicapping was
abandoned, and instead the fleet was divided into four single-handed classes
and five two-handed classes on the basis of overall length, racing boat-forboat
inside them. Nine nationalities were represented with British, Dutch,
Polish and Finnish yachts amongst the winners.

* Extract from the 2007 Official Race Program