By Richard Crockett
At Plymouth, all three South Africans could barely conceal their delight and pride over the yacht’s, performance. The figures are impressive: Voortrekker averaged 158 miles a day; her best day’s run was 220 miles, the worst, 83 miles. Admittedly the weather was kind, with very little calm to slow them and not too much sailing into the wind.
Their passage piqued the interest of the British public, and was roundly applauded by local South Africans as it proved that Dalling was in with a shout for the race singlehanded across the North Atlantic.