• Cape2Rio Jan 10th Update


    The Cape2Rio2020 Race intrigue continues, as the boats do their utmost to balance the options. On one hand, capitalizing on their most careful interpretation of the best macro-weather information available to them, while on the other hand making the most of the wind strength and direction in their particular part of the ocean.

    In these desperately light conditions, with deep-ocean swimming looking more attractive than trying to keep the boat moving, concentration is all-important. Its fairly easy to keep a boat close to her VMG targets in moderate conditions, but its in the very strong and very light winds that the more skilled crews really make their gains. The lighter it gets, and the longer the light weather lasts, the more discipline it takes to keep coaxing a boat up to her marks. And the greater the relief when the wind eventually fills in. This was well expressed in JM Busha 54s latest message The wind is finally back and the team could not be happier.

    Sulanga, after being the western-most boat for much of the first few days of the race, seem to have made a big call early on Tuesday morning, heading determinedly north for the next couple of days before turning back to the west again yesterday afternoon. Could this have been a response to the evident success at that time of JM Busha 54s big northerly punt?

    In the meantime, the fascinating tussle between Mojie and JM Busha 54 continues. This has all the signs of being a duel to the line.

    San Salvador, having sailed one of the most westerly courses in the Start 1 fleet, is still backing the more direct route to Rio. She will be watched with interest.

    Today's leaderboard and report- back from the fleet - They're a bit quieter today so must be getting some wind:

    𝗠𝘆𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲:

    We had 20 knots of wind from South the whole of yesterday and made good miles under main sail and spinnaker. Today is sunny with 14 knots of wind from the South and we are moving satisfactory.

    We have not had much luck with fishing, but this morning Lize found a small ink fish (Chokka-type) who jumped on deck last night. Too small to eat. Lize and PK presented Pilatus classes on the foredeck. We saw TamTam crossing our stern last night. Skipper of TamTam is Jasper van der Westhuizen who only has one arm inspiring and amazing.

    Love to all.


    Finally feels like we going to Rio and not Angola. Weather now perfect and moving fast. Just baked bread rolls and made boeri rolls for lunch.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2020 Cape 2 Rio Update started by Photoboy View original post