“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. ‘Trekker Sets New Record in Stormy Agulhas Race

The crew of Brightwater Fox, overall winner of the Castle Agulhas Race. From left: Rob Otten, Pete Lourie, Ian Thompson, Doug Harrowsmith (owner), Jan Reuvers (skipper) and John Goodwin.

by Richard Crockett

It certainly appear from reading these Agulhas Race reports that every alternate race is a good one – or bad way depending on how you view good and bad!

The 1980 race was a pretty light affair, the 1982 one a far more boisterous affair in which John Martin and his crew pushed ‘Voortrekker II’ to the absolute limit, breaking the race record and taking line honours as well as second spot overall.

Talks of 50 knot winds would have those at home snuggling deeper under the covers, while those at sea battled to keep warm and dry. But that’s ocean racing – one simply has to take the rough with the smooth, or not compete.

Both magazines at the time covered the race pretty well, so read both reports to get the full excitement of this tough ocean race.

READ THE SA YACHTING REPORTS HERE:  Pages from 1983 02 – SA Yachting – OCR

READ THE YACHTSMAN RSA REPORT HERE:  Pages from 1983 03 – Yachtsman RSA – OCR

SEE THE ENTRY LIST HERE:  1982 Castle Agulhas Race entry list – 001434 – OCR