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Cape to Rio race – Iskareen finishes

One of the smallest yachts in the race, Iskareen, has finished – crossing the line in 5th spot. No further details or elapsed times are available yet, so will be posted later. Aboard was Phillippa Hutton-Squire – the first South African woman to skipper a boat around Cape Horn. Read More »

FNB and DStv congratulate Explora yacht crew after its remarkable feat

22 January 2014, Cape Town First National Bank (FNB) and DStv are proud to congratulate Skipper Craig Sutherland and his crew after steering the Explora yacht to becoming the first South African yacht and third overall to finish the 2014 Cape to Rio Yacht Race. “We’re very proud of the amazing achievement that has been realised by the Explora team, especially as the conditions at the start of the race where very difficult for the teams. Our sponsorship of the ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – Rotary Scout news from Day 16

Day 16 – Monday Evening 20 January. By Grant Chapman It was Lorraine and Grant’s turn to be on watch for the graveyard shift and they resolved that they would try and identify some of the stars that were making their steady progression across the night sky, considering that Grant was busy learning his celestial navigation during the voyage. With only the occasional slurping sound of the water under the hull to disturb the peace and all the lights on ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Day 18 results & position reports

Have a look at the pics of Privateer finishing, all taken by Trevor Wilkins: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/5971655805968748865 Day 18 Wed 220800GMT Daily Position Report PRINT I have watched with extreme interest the performance of Iskareen throughout this race. She is a light 34-footer that has being sailing exceptionally well all race. In the last 24 hours she has chewed up 247nm of South Atlantic Ocean, far more than comparable sized boats, as well as those bigger than her. That gave her an ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – A Wrap-up from Explora

Explora arrived safely in Rio at 14h00 local time on the 21 Jan. Everyone onboard was in fine spirits and we all arrived in good health and looking forward to some time relaxing and recovering in Rio. The welcome from the Rio Yacht club and race committee was fantastic as well as our fellow competitors as both Scarlet Runner and Maserati crews were there to welcome us. Even though on the water we are fierce competitors, we all share the ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race Day 17 – results and positions

Day_17_Tuesday_210800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_WEB A few days ago I was envious of everyone at sea, but as the wind has become lighter I have changed my view. It’s far better being an armchair sailor in light conditions as it is being a sea dog and out there doing it. With Explora now finished 3rd across the line, the next boat should be Privateer – and she should finish with the next 24 hours if she is lucky, but with the light winds around, ... Read More »

Cape to Rio – Rotary Scout news day 15

Day 15 – Sunday 19 January. By Grant Chapman. Some time mid-morning we noticed that the big purple spinnaker was torn and needed to be taken down and repaired. The damage was probably inflicted during the broach. While we effected repairs we hoisted the white spinnaker instead which as well as being heavier had narrower shoulders than the purple one so delivered less power. Crossing the 130 meridian meant we were now also over the half-way mark of the Atlantic ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – Explora finishes

Explora has arrived in Rio with an elapsed time of 15 days 43 minutes 47 seconds. She is the 3rd boat to cross the finish line. Check out this link of images from Trevor Wilkins: https://plus.google.com/photos/117086593120942909819/albums/5971024394110937249 Read More »

Cape to Rio race – day 16 results & position reports

Day_16_Monday_200800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_PRINT_WEB For images of Scarlet Runner finishing go to: http://www.cape2rio2014.com/index.php/item/210-photo-s-of-scarlet-runner-crossing-the-finish-line Getting to Rio is proving to be a lot more difficult than some may have envisaged. Overnight Scarlet Runner crossed the line after a highly frustrating 24 hours of little to no wind.Her elapsed time was 15 Days, 5 Hours, 1 minute and 53 seconds, which puts her firmly in second spot overall. The light winds simply extrapolates to lower average speeds and shorter days runs. Despite her size Explora ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – day 13 results and position reports

Day_13_Friday_170800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_WEB It’s still light out there and probably very frustrating too as one has to really concentrate hard to get the moving well in light winds. Add the heat which always appears worse when its light, and there are likely to be some unhappy yachties in the middle of the South Atlantic. The only boat to have possibly escaped the light conditions is Scarlet Runner which managed a 24-hour run of 219nm at an average speed of 9.13 knots. With ... Read More »

ISAF – Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS)

2014 Supplement To 2013-2016 Case Book Published The 2014 supplement to the 2013-2016 Case Book – Interpretations of the Racing Rules has been published on the ISAF website. The 2014 Supplement to the Case Book contains ten new cases that were approved at the ISAF Annual Conference in November 2013. http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/20132016ISAFCaseBookSupplement2014-%5B16130%5D.pdf Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Day 12 results and position reports

Day_12_Thursday_160800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_PRINT_EMAIL Todays reports show one thing very plainly and very simply – there has been little wind for the last 24 hours. Of the top 7 boats, Privateer has clocked up the most mileage of 204 nautical miles in 24 hours at an average speed of 8.5 knots. The slowest has been Yolo which covered just 85 miles. How frustrating for all these guys. This also interprets into one harsh reality check, and it’s simply this – none of the ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Rotary Scout Day 10 news

Day 10 – Tuesday 14 January. By Grant Chapman. The early morning watch gradually gained on what appeared to be a yacht off the port bow which we discovered was Mike and Sally Bowker on Jacaranda of Carrick when we finally caught up with them later in the morning. The Bowkers were sailing around the world double-handed in a Van der Stadt Madeira 44 and were including the Cape to Rio race in their 2 year circumnavigation itinerary. The wind ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – Day 11 results and position reports

Day_11_Wednesday_140800GMT_Daily_Position_Report_PRINT_EMAIL We all really knew that Maserati would, bar any serious mishaps, take line honours in the Cape to Rio race. Few believed that she would break the record in such emphatic style though Her official elapsed time was 10 days; 11 hours; 29 minutes and 57 seconds. On the course there is still much to race for as the overall handicap honours are still up for grabs, although those wanting to win this race will have to buck up ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – Maserati Takes Line Honours

Maserati finished at around 02h00 GMT this morning with an unofficial time of just under 10 days and 12 hours. The official elapsed time has still to be issued. She sailed a great race and will now have a long wait to see whether she can get the double by adding overall handicap honours to her achievement as well.   Read More »