“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 12 Days to Go & Rio Yacht Hits Massive Gale

Shattered topmast meant last-minute repairs for Cariad 1. Here her crew struggle with the broken topmast off Cape Point.

by Richard Crockett

Catching up from the weekend, and with 12 days to go to the start of the race, one Cape to Rio Race entrant left things a little late when he only set sail from Durban on 2 January – just 14 days before the start.

Another, Cariad, lost her topmast and had a crew member fall overboard off Cape Point. From all accounts the same storm that also sunk a Dutch oil-rig supply vessel, clubbed Cariad hard.

Read all this news below.

“Rio Race Yacht Sails for Cape”. ‘Wayfarer’, veteran Peter Strong’s entry in the Cape to Rio yacht race, left Durban for Cape Town bang on schedule yesterday.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 02 – Rio 1971 – Don Pfotenhauer Collection – 857 – OCR

“Dramatic Cariad Rescue”. The Durban ketch ‘Cariad I’ lost her top-mast and Genoa jib in a freak accident, and a man fell overboard, in a morning of misfortune off Cape Point today while the vessel was on her way from Durban to Cape Town.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 02 – Rio 1971 – Don Pfotenhauer Collection – 858 – OCR_Redacted

“Tribune’s Cariad Survives Killer Storm”. The ‘Cariad I’ limped into Table Bay yesterday minus her topmast after sailing through heaving seas which sank the Dutch oil-rig supply vessel, Smit Lloyd 102, with the loss of five lives off the east coast near Port Elizabeth.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 03 – Henri Hiddes Collection – 000741_Redacted

Trevor Richards (right) the youngest member of the Cariad’s crew, who was washed overboard near Cape Point yesterday, holds on to Alan Dunbar’s shoulder as the pair wait for the Cariad to come about and pick them up. Dunbar dived into the heaving seas with a lifeline to Trevor.