• Maserati & Love Water Reeling In The Miles


    Where to start today? With two distinct groups on the water it’s difficult to give a single overview, so once again I will cover the two groups separately.

    But before that one just has to stand back in awe at the sheer speed and distance covered by the two big dogs, ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’ as they are stripping miles off the chart quicker than a marauding gamefish strips line off a reel!

    ‘Love Water’ has covered 1110nm since the start and ‘Maserati’ 1072nm – all this in less than 48 hours at sea. That’s shunting as the last tracker ‘ping’ showed them doing 19.7 knots and 20.5 knots respectively and still heading towards the 20S line of latitude. To really put this in perspective the YB Tracker also shows them just astern of the fleet which started 9 days ago now – and who by nightfall will be a memory to these two big dogs.

    Guido Broggi, boat captain of Maserati Multi 70, explains the damage suffered to the piston of the foil at the start of the Cape2Rio 2020 and the solution found by the Italian Team.
    At 12 UTC Maserati Multi 70 sails 37 miles ahead of its competitor LoveWater. The wind is falling, except for a few lumps, and the Italian trimaran sails between 20 and 30 knots of speed.

    So in amongst the ‘northern fleet’ we are now, and how demoralising it must be to hear, or even see, a massive trimaran blast through as if you are standing still. Life is about choices – some take it at breakneck speeds while others at a more leisurely pace! I know which I would rather be on right now!

    Of the three boats we have spoken about most in this ‘northern fleet’, and especially the monohulls, ‘JM Busha 54′, ‘Mojie 1′ and ‘Umoya’ are still out front in this fleet, but now suffering overall on handicap when one considers the newcomers to the fray in the ‘southern fleet’. But what stands out for me is how badly off the pace ‘Umoya’ has been for the past 36 hours, and how ‘JM Busha 54′ is making a comeback, still as the most northerly boat, and also the boat with the biggest distance covered in the last 24 hours of 195nm. That’s good going for a small boat, with this resurgence catapulting them up the leader board and being ahead of their rivals for the first time in some days.
    First across the Meridian and into the west was ‘Sulanga’ and then ‘Mojie 1′, with several boats closing that imaginary line down fast and crossing it during the day.

    So further south, and soon to put their first 48 hours at sea behind them is the ‘southern fleet’ being led by the two-handed crew of ‘Mussulo 40′ which also wears the leaders crown in the two-handed fleet.

    Wearing the leaders crown in the monohull division is still ‘Zulu Girl’ with an impressive 205nm under her keel in the past 24 hours. Judging by the reports and pics coming off this boat, her crew are having the adventure of a lifetime – and loads of fun too.

    A little snippet I noticed from the tracker when drilling down is that it shows ‘Love Water’ with an estimated finish date of 21 January – and immediately below that ‘Rotary Scout’ with an estimated finish date of 21 February – a full month later. It’s a slow passage for the Scouts I am afraid.

    The race is unravelling fast with the strategies of the various boats only likely to be revealed by the end of the week. There is everything to play for and no time to slack off.

    Richard Crockett


    Today's leaderboard and report- back from the fleet:
    𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵: 𝘓𝘢𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘶𝘮 𝘊𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘔𝘰𝘫𝘪𝘦

    Spinaker ready now
    Best regards

    𝗔𝗹𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗜:
    Amazing sailing conditions yesterday but now temperature is going up and wind is going down. Today we already tried 4 different spinnakers and damaged 2, one of them beyond repair. The next 3 days will be critical for the result of the race. Morale is very high onboard. Starry nights and blue skies during the day.

    some racing sails issues but we soldier on to 23S@

    𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆𝗵𝗼𝗼 𝗧𝗼𝗼:
    Hello All
    All is well on Ballyhoo, currently flying along with our small symmetrical spinnaker and reefed main. We made around 190NM the first and second day, and will probably make around 200NM today, so we are happy with our progress so far.

    We had a few set backs on the way, on the second night we got caught with a big spinnaker up with 27knts of wind. We ran with it for while, surfing at up to 16knts, waiting for a lull in the wind to take it down. The lull never came and the result was a spectacular broach and a spinnaker that needs to be repaired by our friends at North Sails.

    Yesterday evening our autopilot tiller mount broke, which also resulted in a mighty broach and us having to hand steer since then. This was also a bit of a challenge as last night the wind came up to 25-30knts and we had to reef and change headsails with one person on the helm the whole time. Stoff has repaired the mounting, but we will only be able to use it in gentle conditions or for short period of time when we need two sets of hands.

    It feels like we are getting into the trades now, and the conditions are beautiful and we are catching up on sleep and in good spirts.

    Good day, All well on Indulgence,

    𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿:

    𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗼𝗷𝗶𝗲:
    It has been raining this morning and there was a rainbow with our sunrise, with the extremely rare highlight of the day thus far was watching the sails of Maserati cross the horizon about 1.5 miles to our south. Wow. Sheer raw pace.

    𝗠𝘂𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗹𝗼 𝟰𝟬 - 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗮 𝗔𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮 𝗖𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀:
    Everything Ok!

    𝗠𝘆𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲:
    Yesterday afternoon PK went up the mast again to epoxy the separating foil sleeve of the jib. Last night at 02:00 UTC we crossed the zero degree line of longitude, the Greenwich meridian. Only Pietman and Inge were awake and we will celebrate the occasion later today with our own in-house ritual.

    Vroeg vanoggend het n vliende vis op my voete geland terwyl ek agter die stuur was. Die vissie hang tans om uit te droog as n bokkom nadat hy goed gesout is.

    𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘧𝘭𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘮. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 '𝘣𝘰𝘬𝘬𝘰𝘮' (𝘓𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘤&#120378 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘥.

    Ons het goeie myle gedoen die laaste 18 uur. Alles gaan voor die wind. Pietman laat vir Inge ingewikkelde knope maak voordat sy kwalifiseer om n sjokolade te verdien. Bietjie wreed.

    𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘞𝘦'𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 18 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴. 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭. 𝘗𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘐𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵. 𝘈 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘯𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘺.

    Groete aan almal. (𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭&#120365

    Pierre Albertyn

    At last we are in the West. Watermaker behaving and all well here's. Just waiting for the wind to pick up tomorrow. Been teaching my bread making skills to young Kevan here so I don't have to do all the baking. Made his first loaf this morning and was great. Lots of sleeping and eating going on here. Normal day😎

    trades finally settling so starting to make some progress West!

    See the full leaderboard here: https://cape2rio2020.com/leaderboard-14012020/

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