“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 5 Days to Go to the 1971 Rio Race Start

by Richard Crockett

So here’s more news on the build-up to the 1971 Cape to Rio Race start which was 50 years ago this coming Saturday – 16 January 1971.

The newspaper photographers were having a field day, snapping away at just about anything that moved – as the many pics published today will show!

Ashore the race organisers were concerned about the safety and whereabouts of the Durban Ketch ‘Wayfarer’.

So enjoy today’s selection.

“Kaap Na Rio – Die Groot Wedvaart” said the Huisgenoot magazine headline.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – 1971 Rio – Huisgenoot – STITCHED FINAL

“SAAF Asked to Search for Missing Rio Yacht”.  Organisers of the Cape-to-Rio international yacht race have asked for a full-scale search to be launched for the 15.2 m Durban ketch ‘Wayfarer’ which has been battling for five days to reach Cape Town.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000348 – OCR-1_Redacted

“Rio Race Ketch is Still on the Way”. Cape-to-Rio race officials are wondering whether the ketch ‘Wayfarer’ will reach Cape Town in time for the race. Skippered by 70-year-old Peter Strong, she left Durban on December 31.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection -000349c – OCR

“US Broker, 66, Skippers Rio Yacht”. Veteran yachtsman 66-year-old New York stockbroker Mr E. Bates McKee, skipper-owner of Cape-to-Rio race yawl ‘Xanadu II’, hopes to carry on ocean racing for the next 20 years.
READ MORE HERE:  1971 01 15 – Rio 1971 – Dave Elcock Collection – 000357 – OCR_Redacted