“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1988 Double Cape Race

By Richard Crockett

Continuing yesterday’s thread on the Double-Cape race, I will share the story of the 1988 race today.

It was a light wind race with lots of “holes” in places and many tales of woe from those who were caught in the windless patches. Some persevered while others succumbed to the iron topsail and retired.

With ‘Assegai’ having a lead of some three hours on handicap at one point, her endless battle of being becalmed saw ‘Gwaap’ become the ultimate overall winner on handicap, despite ‘Assegai’ winning two “point-to-point’ legs.

This was a tough race, not because of strong winds and big seas, but due to the light conditions!


Pages from 1988 11 – SA Yachting – OCR

Pages from 1988 11 – SAILING Magazine – OCR

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