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 »

Cape to Rio Race – Start

4 January 2014 A light westerly was forecast, with this materialising as the fog lifted over Table Bay. The start was set off green point, with a short leg to a laid mark, before boats bore away and set their spinnakers to a mark off Milnerton and then Blouberg. Maserati led the fleet to the first mark closely followed by Scarlett Runner and Explora. Downwind saw Scarlett Runner able to sail lower, and with a slightly better VMG. When the ... Read More »

Sailor of the Year – 2013

Sailor of the Year – 2013 Asenathi Jim by Roy Dunster With skipper Roger Hudson, helmsman Asenathi Jim was the sole South African entrant at the 2012 Olympic Games. This was in spite of starting their campaign just 18 months earlier and the 470 having no history in South Africa. From that early success, the team now has Brazil 2016 firmly in their sights. The team took Silver in the 470s at Sail Melbourne at the end of 2012, and ... Read More »


Two pilots, four engineers, six chief executive officers, a plethora of gruelling ultra-marathons, mountain bike race challenges, transatlantic yacht crossings, mountain climbing summits, and many lasting memories, is the driving force behind this year’s entry of a group of Cape Town friends and sportsmen into one of the world’s most challenging and scenic yacht racing championships, the annual Cape to Rio. The DStv Explora, under the leadership of Craig Sutherland, managing director of a top structural engineering firm, is a ... Read More »

Conny van Rietschoten has passed away

‘The Flying Dutchman’, Conny van Rietschoten, the only skipper to have won the Whitbread Round the World Race race twice (now the Volvo Ocean Race), will always form an important part of this race’s history. The VOR has published a story on their website with quotes from friends and sailors who knew and sailed with him. Read More »

Crocs Regatta 2013 – pics by Trevor Wilkins

check out these stunning images from Trevor Wilkins – master sailing photographer. Trevor Wilkins Read More »