• Cape2Rio Update: The Big Tri's Catch The Leaders


    Today's leaderboard and report- back from the fleet:
    𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵: 𝘡𝘜𝘓𝘜 𝘎𝘐𝘙𝘓 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘔𝘈𝘡𝘐

    Our spinnaker blew, under repair now
    Best regards

    𝗖𝗶𝗮𝗼 𝗕𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 - 𝗝𝗠 𝗕𝗨𝗦𝗛𝗔 𝟱𝟰 𝗦𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴:
    WE HAVE JUST CROSSED THE MERIDIAN! We celebrated with some good old top deck chocolate. But we have better news, our desalinator is up and running and making water as well as usual. Please send our thanks to Ronin for the offer of water! But we are going to have to decline now that we have a desalinator desalinating. Please also let them know that we will sort them out with a beer when we arrive in Rio as a thank you gesture!

    𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿:
    All good onboard. going fast… (received by sms).
    Day 2 report (as submitted by email – shows just how difficult it is to type when sailing at these speeds!):
    Lovewater has had two geeat days runs with a 24hr run of 597nm to 5pm sunday afternoon.
    That is over 1000km in 24 hrs.
    At the moment we are engaged in a tactical duel with Mas and at the same time balancing that with the vagaries of the wind and weather systems around the South Atlantic High. So far we have seen that we have the ability to match MAS in certain conditions and that with some smart routing and positioning we are competitive in this ocean scale match race.we entered the tropics in the early hours of this morning and the sea has adopted the azure blue of the deep ocean with lots of flying fish about. the sa temperature is now up to 27 deg and conditions onboard are very pleasant – if you can call driving a roller coaster through a constant car wash pleasant. Everyone is good onboard. We have seen many ships and also this morning a school of dolphins showed up. Onward to rio at pace…..


    All is well. More of the same in the trade wind downhill sailing. Great joy for the newbies at crossing the meridian this morning.

    𝗠𝘆𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲:
    Last night was not a good night. All my fault. The wind was strong and I heard the two steam trains below again. I sat in the saloon to get away from the noise. My nerves as tight as a high pitched guitar string. At the end of Pietman’s shift, Myrtle threw her bum sideways again. We decided to lower the bigger spinnaker and hoist the smaller one. When all of that was done after half an hour’s hard foredeck work, the wind shifted and we had to do most of the work again to change tack. After that was done, the wind dropped to very low knots. Then the wind shifted again and we changed the sail again. Then the wind dropped completely and we lowered the smaller spinnaker and hoisted the bigger one again, only to see that it has a tear in the higher part of the sail. So the sail came down again to be patched and taped up later today. That was the story of the whole of last night with little miles gained to show for all our effort. We have 8 knots of wind at the moment with 4 knots boat speed.

    Everyone is happy. Inge and Lize did some fancy exercises in the cockpit this morning.

    Love to all.

    Pierre Albertyn

    I was busy with watermaker again. We have run into a hole unfortunately and lost speed. Watermaker popped again but managed to repair again. Hope it lasts. Otherwise all good here.

    Yesterday Haspa Hamburg appeared on the horizon, and during the last 24 hs we have been playing match racing with each other and having lots of fun. Winds on a beam reach at a nice strength provided amazing sailing conditions, and we have been switching spinnakers at least twice per day.

    The night brought challenging conditions but the crew kept the pedal to the metal and we screamed through the dark, reaching speeds higher than 16 knots!

    The first reported positions showed Saravah to be the most westerly boat. That puts us well behind the leaderboard, but we are sure our strategy will pay in the medium to long term. Time will tell.

    No breakages, but the crew have been busy using tools in order to improve our sleeping quarters. We are trying to fit 9 people into 3 bunks. So far so good, as no one had to sleep together.

    Right now, 100% blue skies!


    Like greyhounds, the moment they were set free they were off at breakneck speeds for Rio, with the record books looking like they might well be re-written. Almost shadowing each other up the West Coast in the early stages, this looked like a match race made in heaven, but during the night they have shown they have different strategies as their paths have crossed – twice now.

    ‘Maserati’ is heading northwards, with ‘Love Water’ taking a more westerly course, and both doing over 20 knots of boat speed. This move is interesting as it looks as if ‘Love Water’ is sailing towards lighter wind pressure, and ‘Maserati’ into stronger pressure – but that was all in the 06h00 tracker info this morning. The 10h00 tracker detail shows that they are now back sailing parallel courses and closing Luderitz at 25-plus knots. ‘Maserati’ has covered 198nm in less than 20 hours since the start, and ‘Love Water’ 229nm. As always it’s a waiting game – and an intriguing one too.

    For the monohulls that started yesterday in the second start, they have had good winds and are making good progress, unlike their counterparts who started a week earlier and were plagued with light winds for several days.

    However it’s all a bit incongruous right now as the tracker shows ‘Zulu Girl’ leading the fleet overall on handicap – and she has not even been racing for 24 hours and has only covered 147nm!

    So for convenience sake and clarity, I will cover the two ‘starts’ separately for the next few days until, things settle down. But don’t get me wrong here, the fleet that started yesterday is hot, and all have the will and determination to win the coveted South Atlantic Trophy.

    The second-starters are all sailing a similar course and making a good amount of westing right now and should all start picking up stronger winds later today, so some impressive 24-hour runs could be on the cards.

    At the head of the fleet for now in terms of the first-starters, ‘Umoya’ continues to impress despite her now ducking down and sailing a good 60 degrees lower than her rivals. Has she seen something no-one else has, or does she have an issue on board that has forced this move? ‘JM Busha 54′ is still the most northerly boat by quite some distance, and is closing in on the 20degree south latitude quite rapidly. Now in the old South Atlantic Races (Rio & Uruguay) when Ilha da Trindade was a mark of the course, there was an unwritten rule that one had to get to 20degrees south and follow that parallel to the island before heading to the finish. Maybe this is their strategy?

    ‘Mojie 1′ is also looking good and sailing fast, with both her and ‘Umoya’ having clocked up over 170nm in the last 24 hours. Doesn’t this pale into insignificance when compared to the distance covered by the two big dogs!

    So to wrap what has been a disjointed report, the Line Honours leader is still ‘Sulanga’ (48′ catamaran – first start) followed by ‘Umoya’ and ‘Mojie 1′.

    The monohull handicap honours are with ‘Zulu Girl’ followed by ‘Mussulo 40′ and ‘Umoya’.

    ‘Myrtle of Bonnievale’ retains the multihull handicap honours with ‘Mussolo 40′ leading from ‘Ballyhoo Too’ in the double-handed division.

    There’s lots happening out there, so don’t stray or go away – as the YB Tracker will bring it all to you in the comfort of your home, office or wherever you are.

    Richard Crockett

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