Vasco da Gama Race – 12th entry received

Star Spirit. Vasco 2015 entrant

Star Spirit.
Vasco 2015 entrant

Now here’s an interesting entry just received.

It comes from Willie Pretorius of Bloemfontein who will be sailing his Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40 ‘Star Spirit’ in the race.

But what makes this entry so unique is that the boat is currently sailed on Gariep Dam by its owner who lives in Bloemfontein and is a member of the Free State Yacht Club.

Willie Pretorius is planning to take the boat from Gariep Dam to the coast for the race, and will launch it in either Port Elizabeth or East London, before sailing it to Durban with his crew. His crew of 8 consists of his sailing mates, many of whom have boats on Gariep Dam.

It is amazing at just how much interest there is in the race now that it is going to be sailed from Durban to Port Elizabeth.

Entries close on Friday 27 March, so if you are planning to enter, please get your entries in early.
Entries currently stand at 12, as follows:

1 Al Mount Gay Rum    Rob van Rooyen                       RCYC    Farr 38                 IRC
2 Majimoto                     Jon Marshall                             PYC    Farr 38                    IRC
3 Nemesis                       Anthony Bailes                          ABYC    Fast 42                 PHRF
4 Bellissama                   Vernon & James Goss             PYC    Hanse 430               PHRF
5 Yolo                               Dale Kushner                           RCYC    Sunfast 3200        IRC
6 Bellatrix                       Gregg Hurter                            PYC    First 40                     IRC
7 Gumption                   Nicholas Mace                          RCYC    Simonis 40             IRC
8 Ray of Light                Michael & Heidi Kavanagh    RNYC    First 44.7                IRC
9 Rocket                          Herbert Karolius                      RNYC    Simonis 54            IRC
10 Alkistis                       Christo Moller                           RNYC    Sun Odyssey 40   Rally mono
11 JML Rotary Scout    Grant Chapman                        RCYC    Tosca 39                 PHRF
12 Star Spirit                  Willie Pretorius                        FSYC    Sun Fizz 40            PHRF