• Cape 2 Rio, Jan 15th : Leaders Pass St Helena


    With the front-runners now passing due south of St Helena Island in good breeze, it’s been a spectacular first half for these boats, who are now starting the slow turn down around the south Atlantic high and aiming at last for Rio.

    What an inspiration and thrill it must be for the young crews aboard yachts like JM Busha, Rotary Scout, Haspa Hamburg and Zulu Girl to see just how quickly the two big trimarans have covered the first half of the race course! Remember, both these trimaran teams have been sailing and racing in many different forms for decades and have multiple Cape to Rio races to their collective credit already – and they themselves are fulfilling their dreams. I have no doubt that the future success stories of the youngsters in this race will reference the influence that these star racing tris have had on them here…

    For the race, aren’t we lucky that these two tri’s are so closely matched for pace? The intrigue is all-absorbing, and the mind wanders rampantly with multiple options, lead swaps and scenarios, in between the four-hourly tracker updates, as to what the next moves and progress will be…

    And as the trimarans currently fly past the three Start One front-runners – Sulanga, Mojie and JM Busha – the next 24 hours holds the next big move in their race; and that is how to transition through or around the long sausage-shaped high pressure band that lies between the front of the fleet and the final 1000 mile run into Rio.

    Weather systems are dynamic, and unlocking this next challenge successfully is going to be a fascinating thing to watch, with possibly race-defining outcomes.

    Throughout the fleet, dreams are being realised and the race media channels are sharing as many of these stories as we can. They are varied, fantastic and awe-inspiring. The feel-good club based Corinthian aspect of this race must be carefully cherished and protected, as we grow the race into the future, while also attracting opportunities to bring future record-breakers and pro challengers to the race…

    By Luke Scott

    Today's leaderboard and report- back from the fleet:
    𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵: 𝘑𝘔𝘓 𝘙𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘵

    today we had lamb and champagne
    best regards

    racing main put out to pasture cruising main up and running: Neptune told team Anjo to go west and they responded Ahrr

    𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿:

    We have repaired our Big Bertha spinnaker – first the head and then four separate holes. We are enjoying the bigger swells with our smaller symmetrical spinnaker up, and Mojie’s Big Wave Surfing Crew are on standby to take on the Dungeons of the South Atlantic, if Neptune delivers on the forecast.

    𝗠𝘂𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗹𝗼 𝟰𝟬 – 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗔𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗹𝗮 𝗖𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀:
    Everything Ok!

    𝗠𝘆𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲:
    Now hear this, Now hear this: Stunning performance on SV Myrtle of Bonnievale in celebrating the Greenwich Meridian.

    Late yesterday afternoon, Lize Maartens and Inge Swart (the only 2 crew members who have not crossed the Greenwich Meridian before), gave an electrifying performance of dancing which had the crowd on their feet. Never before has “Echame La Culpa” by Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato been performed on a dance floor at this level. The dance performed by them can be described as a cross between a “Boesmanland-Riel” and “The Floss”. In short we just call it the Myrtle-skoffel (𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘔𝘺𝘳𝘵𝘭𝘦-𝘴𝘩𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘭&#120358. Afterwards a few members of the crowd were pulsed for their opinion. Pietman: “I did not know Inge can do that.” PK: “That is not the Lize I know”. Sonja: “Ja-Nee” (𝘺𝘦𝘴-𝘯&#120368. Skipper: “I tried to join them a few times, but could not keep up. Ek het mos n knieg. (𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘬𝘯𝘦&#120358

    We are having 15 to 20 knots of wind, just enough to keep the spinnaker from not being overpowered. We move on in the right direction at between 7 and 9 knots, sometimes surfing at 11 to 12 knots.

    Swell height: 3,5 meter, Outside temperature: 26.3 deg C, Water temperature: 24,2 deg C.

    Crew is happy and fed.

    Love to all

    Pierre Albertyn

    Having a hectic day. First we loose our second kite and then our main sheet shears off on the aft end of the boom. Drop all sail and repair. We doing pretty well now on wing and wing arrangement with full main and Genoa. Bonus that the wind has picked up. Ronin

    Today we reached an expected area of lighter winds, but have been able to keep the boat moving, at the cost of constantly changing spinnakers. Some maintenance chores onboard also have kept the crew busy. Lots of expectation for what will happen in the next 24 hs…

    See today's leaderboard here: https://cape2rio2020.com/leaderboard-15012020/

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