Cape Town - Saturday saw the start of the 14th Cape to Rio event, from Table Bay in Cape
Town to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Records for the crossing of the Atlantic seem
set to tumble in both the Monohull and Multihull divisions, with Maserati and
Scartlet Runner favourites to win.
from Cape Town to a finish line of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, there are no
racing marks to the course, which may well give the huge array of competitors
the opportunity to break the current record. Set by Zephyrus IV, a 22.9m sloop
in 2000, the record is an impressive 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes.
this event as a bucket list item, Royal Cape Yacht Club’s new dedicated race
committee intend to bring the Cape to Rio Yacht Race back to her former glory
as a truly intentional event,” says Dale Kushner, RCYC’s commodore. “It’s
anyone’s race, conditions, good decisions and a bit of luck being the
Kushner has entered the event, sailing double-handed with his long term crew
member, Ian Coward. The duo has competed in almost every single offshore event
in South Africa. He’s familiar with this race having taken part in previous
editions, the most recent was 2011 where he attained 3rd place overall.
be sailing aboard Dale’s Jenneau Sunfast 3200 Class yacht which is aptly named
YOLO (You Only Live Once). The boat is 32 feet in length making it one of the
smallest boats to enter this edition of the race.
entries and interest from Italy, Australia, Germany, France, Croatia,
Gibraltar, UK and Angola, we are expecting 36 yachts on the start line.
The navies of South Africa and India have entered, as well as the Royal Naval
own and host the event, will provide facilities and support to all
participants, ensuring a smooth arrival, preparation and departure for this
iconic event. Follow the action and latest news at www.rcyc.co.za and www.cape2rio2014.com
Cape to Rio race starts (Trevor Wilkins)