“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 4 Days to Go to 1971 Rio Race Start

By Richard Crockett

There are just 4 days left until we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the very first Cape to Rio yacht race which started in Table Bay on 16 January 1971.

This race put South Africa firmly on the international map, opened they eyes of many, and was the catalyst needed for an exponential growth in home-built boats around the country – even in the landlocked provinces too.

At the time it was the longest trans-ocean race in the world – and such was the romance of starting in Cape Town and sailing across the South Atlantic to Rio, that the first race attracted far more entries than ever envisaged, and a large international fleet that embraced the race too.

Enjoy the reports and pics selected for today – and please LIKE, SHARE & COMMENT.

“Last Chance to Check the Yachts”.  The Cape-to-Rio fleet sets off tomorrow on the long trek across the Atlantic and many people are taking a last look at their favourites at the Unitie Wall of the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection – 000474 – OCR

“The Trophy Parade”.  A list of events and trophies.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection – 000560 – OCR

“Race Has Stirred Minds of People”. Ricus van de Stadt may well glow with pride as the Cape-to-Rio fleet sails out of Table Bay; and he could have even greater cause for self-congratulation when the leaders glide into Rio harbour.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection – 000567 – OCR

“How to Identify Rigging”. Most of t he yachts in the race are sloops. Some are ketches, others yawls. There is a schooner and a cutter, too . What do these names mean?
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection – 000571 – OCR