Cape Town - The longest transatlantic ocean race, the Cape2Rio,
will present this city with a majestic spectacle over the Festive Season
as the race begins in Table Bay.
The Cape2Rio, presented by new sponsor Maserati, aims to cement – in
its 46th year since inception in 1971 - its status as one of the most prestigious yachting events in the world.
It gets underway on December 26
with the first start, while the larger Racing fleet sets off on New Year’s
the very beginning
the Cape2Rio, staged over 3,500 nautical miles or 5,500km, has
attracted interest from around the world and enticed some of the
planet’s most celebrated sailors and yachts to its start line.
and testing, the
race demands the finest seamanship of its participants. The latest
edition is no different, with the best on show from 10 different
countries preparing to set sail.
The 2017 entrants include
crews from South Africa, Angola, Australia, Argentina, USA, Germany, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
Largest mono-hull entry
is the 70ft Andrews 70 from San Diego, while the smallest is the 31ft Benetau from Cape Town.
Race crews include veterans
from the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, multiple national champions, Lipton Cup, Sydney-Hobart, and the Caribbean 600.
for handicap honours
will be the likes of Vulcan and Black Pearl. Vulcan is a GP 42, and is
skippered and owned by South African sailor Hylton Hale who has been
preparing the boat meticulously for the race.
African Shaun Carkeek, Vulcan has undergone an extensive refit in
preparation for the offshore conditions and is a real contender for the
overall winner’s trophy. Their battle with the Black Pearl, a German
entrant, could shape up as the most potentially thrilling
battle of the event.
Another entry to watch
is Gryphon, a crew that celebrates the diversity and depth of sailing skill that Cape Town has to offer.
Town continues to
produce some of the very best sailors and marine artisans in the world,
and this team is a testament to that. A group of friends from
communities on the Cape Flats, an area not usually associated with
global yacht racing, have defied the odds and prepared
a world-class campaign.
in Cape Town
from as far afield as Dubai, the team will compete in the 2017 edition
of the race. Skilled, determined and professionally managed, Gryphon is
certain to be the crowd favourite come the start on January 1, 2017.
After leaving Cape Town,
participants head north-west towards the island of Ilha de Trinidad, and south-west from there towards South America.
they near the coast,
skippers need to decide whether to take the longer route with stronger
winds, or a more direct route with the chance of lighter winds.
race can be watched
live, thanks to the live on-board satellite trackers. Xtra-Link will be
providing the technology and links to the tracker can be found on cape2rio2017.com.