Cape to Rio race – JML Rotary Scout day 4

It’s the 4th full day of racing and I had a great chat on the sat phone with Peter this morning. One could immediately hear a lift in spirits with the sound of the crew laughing and chatting in the background. It was a good evening with music blaring out loud last night over the speakers to build the “gees”. After supper the crew not on duty slept like logs and apparently were difficult to wake for their watches! They ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Deceased Sailor Named

The sailor killed two days ago has been named as António João Bartolomeu, a 47 year old sound technician on Angolan national radio with a passion for sailing in his blood. Bartolomeu was crewing aboard the Bavaria 54 Bille (one of two Angolan boats taking part for the first time) when he was thrown overboard off Cape Town on January 5th. The incident occurred during the ferocious storm that hit the fleet with 50 to 60 knot winds almost immediately after the ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race 2014 – Maserati news day 3

Maserati continues to lead the fleet as she heads for Trade Winds Maserati has now left the storm in her wake and is still leading the fleet en-route to the Trade Winds in 15 to 16-knot winds. Lying in second position, 150 miles behind, is the South African Open 60 Explora with the Australian 52’ Scarlet Runner in third at 160 miles from the leader. “There’s still a long way to go to Rio de Janeiro – another 2,400 miles, in ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – day 3 results

Provisional results and position reports for day 3. Scarlet Runner leads Class 1. Yolo Leads Class 2 Tulliana leads Class 3 10 boats have either returned or are returning to port. Day 3 Tuesday 060800GMT Daily Position Report PRINT_EMAIL Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Day 3

After a day of carnage and damaged yachts returning to port, this mornings tracking still shows Maserati, Scarlet Runner and DStv Explora out front with the rest of class 1, led by Iskareen, in hot pursuit. Privateer, who took a more northerly route is now closing on the fleet too. A quick look at this morning’s GRIB files shows that the front has dissipated and the fleet is now sailing in 17 to 25 knot winds, depending on where they ... Read More »

North Sails ‘Stop Tabs’ Keep Trash Out of the Water

North Sails, the industry leader in innovation, has created a sustainable alternative to elastic bands or wool ties used to pack downwind sails. North’s Blue Book service procedure has added STOP TABS sewn on top of existing luff tape, eliminating the need for packing materials that inevitably litter the water. North’s convenient fix allow sails to maintain their performance while complying with ISAFs environmentally friendly Rule 55. “ISAF has made a bold yet proper move by protecting the environment through ... Read More »

Cape to Rio race – Maserati Continues to lead the fleet

  At 09h00 GMT, Soldini and Maserati continued to lead the fleet, 65 miles ahead of the South African Open 60 Explora in second, and 80 ahead of the third-placed Australian 52’ Scarlet Runner. Maserati is currently reaching in 30 knots of wind which should gradually abate as the day progresses. The Italian boat is making a very brisk speed of 20-24 knots with peaks of 27-28 knots. Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – SA Navy to the Rescue

10 Yachts Have Now Withdrawn RCYC General Manager, Marcus Reuter, boarded SAS Islandwana last night as they set sail to assist yacht BILLE. Communications with SAS ISLANDWANA have been constant and accurate and the reports from Marcus were “Islandwana crew have been so professional”. The majority of the fleet were still suffering rough sea conditions last night with poor visibility and a lot of rain this morning. The current situation on the following yachts: • BILLE. All crew of have ... Read More »

Rob Meek Funeral Service and Tribute

Robert Gardner Meek 19.08.1951 – 01.01.2014 11h00 Thursday 9 January St George’s Cathedral Wale Street Cape Town A tribute to Rob Meek by Andrew Flint Rob’s partner at GAPP Architects It is with profound shock and sadness that we record the sudden untimely death of Rob, who died from a gunshot wound as a result of an attempted armed robbery attack on New Year’s eve whilst he was on holiday with his family at Sinangwana on the wild coast near ... Read More »

Cape 2 Rio Race – Crewman Loses Life

20:00 Sunday 5th January 2013 Race HQ has issued the following statement: BILLE reported earlier today mainsail problems and that they were proceeding back to Cape Town for repairs. At 15:00 a report was received that the boat was dismasted and there were a number of serious injuries on board. Sadly the yacht reported a fatality of one crew member. MRCC (Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre) have activated all their agencies and we are in constant communication with the vessel. Race ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – brief 24-hour overview PLUS provisional results

by Matthew Thomas With just over 24 hours of racing completed, there are yachts that are flying towards Rio in and others that are limping back to Cape Town with damage. After a slow start in light SW conditions, much of the fleet encountered very strong head winds and huge, lumpy seas overnight which resulted in numerous yachts reporting damage this morning. Yachts reported wind speeds of 50 knots and breaking waves of 4 to 5m. Black Cat is returning ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – First 24-Hour Damage Reported

The organisewrs have reported the following: BLACK CAT has reported a problem with rudder and is proceeding back to Cape Town, one crew has a sprained ankle but all are well…. PEEKAY have reported sail problems and are proceeding to Saldanha Bay, crew all well. EXPLORA have reported engine flooded but all well and will attend to the problem in calmer conditions. ISLA, have reported both engines inoperable, but generator working. PEEKAY have reported receiving a PAN-PAN from ISLA. BILLE, ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Maserati Leads

A tough night and a difficult morning with big waves, driving rain and 50-knot winds Damage aboard: the deck holed but quickly repaired A very tough night and a tricky morning for the crew of Maserati which cast off from Cape Town at 14.00 hours local time (13.00 Italian time) yesterday from Cape Town bound for Rio de Janeiro. Overnight the cold front proved less violent than expected with gusts of 40 knots rather than forecast 60. However, it still ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race – Follow Maserati

50-knot winds with gusts of over 60 forecast for tonight. The 14th Cape2Rio Yacht Race, at 3,300 nautical miles, is the longest race between two southerly hemispheres, taking contestants all the way from Table Bay in Cape Town (South Africa) to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The 36 boats taking part in the race lined out under a clear sky in Table Bay which is dominated by the eponymous mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world. The fleet includes ... Read More »

Cape to Rio start – official press release

A 12 or 30 day, 3 600 nautical mile transatlantic voyage to Rio. Today was the start of the 14th highly tactical Cape to Rio event, from Table Bay Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Records for the crossing of the Atlantic seem set to tumble in both the Monohull and Multihull divisions, with Maserati or Scartlet Runner as favourites to win. Sailing from Cape Town to a finish line of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, there are no ... Read More »