• 1,400 2 Go In Cape2Rio For Leaders


    Cape2Rio2020 | Day 11 Report
    By Richard Crockett

    Something the landlubbers following this race may not know about ocean racing is that outside assistance is simply not permitted and at its worst can be punishable by disqualification, or with a time penalty at the finish. So the crews out there are self-sufficient – or better yet, have to be self-sufficient in absolutely every respect from victuals to water and even navigation.

    If one receives water from a passing vessel, penalties can apply, and should one receive weather and navigation information from a source that is not available publicly, the consequences can be dire.

    So life on board is not all about beer and bikinis, but about managing the boat and its systems, the resources aboard, sailing hard and fast ALL the time by trimming and changing sails, and looking at the clues nature provides to “route” the yacht along the fastest possible course. So life is always busy on board.

    In the northern fleet the big dogs, ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’, continue at great speed, pointing almost at the finish line and plotting their way through a potentially tricky period where the wind pressure may well drop, before they can break through to new wind, put on the afterburners and rocket towards the finish line, which is now less than 1800nm away.

    ‘Sulanga’, who had led the way since the first start until the trimarans passed her today, has done well and sailed fast since the start, and has been a moving target for the monohulls chasing her.

    The trio of ‘JM Busha 54′, ‘Mojie 1′ and ‘Umoya’ continue to look good in terms of line honours position and boatspeed, but only for now, and will have to box clever so as not to fall into a windless hole that may trip them up in a few days time.

    Down south in the southern fleet ‘Mussulo 40′ still wears the monohull leaders crown, although ‘Saravah’ has had a good last 24 hours. ‘Mussulo’ is the most northern boat of this fleet, and looks to be in a handy position with good wind prospects for the next 24 hours. As stated yesterday, ‘Zulu Girl’ may well be ploughing blindly along on a westward course towards light wind. Her fall from a top position on line honours has been dramatic of late, although she still hangs on to a podium place on handicap.

    ‘Mussulo 40′ and ‘Ballyhoo Too’ are being sailed just two-up, and are doing exceptionally well. The purists may point out that they have less weight on board in terms of victuals, water, crew gear and crew weight making them lighter than their competitors, but just two people are doing all the work that six and more are doing on other boats.
    While the whole northern fleet has crossed the meridian and is now in the west, the southern fleet have that as their next milestone – approximately 150nm away.

    There’s still lots to play for, many obstacles for the unprepared and opportunities available for those who can recognise and take them!


    Good wind today
    Best regards

    the hunt for the trades and how to sail them is in full force: Kite up = kite down; code Zero up = code zero down: pole the kite – fly it free manamana do duuu doo duudo all well with team Anjo on this happy yacht heading westish

    Ballyhoo Too:

    The trip so far has been amazing, pretty tough at times, but thrilling and some periods of the most pleasurable sail I have ever had. In the right conditions, ballyhoo is a real joy to sail. No time for reading, just sailing, eating, boat work and sleeping. The first 3 days were pretty stressful, mostly at night, it’s pitch black until the moon rises at around 12 and the wind generally doubles in strength. We are now very conservative at night and take down the spinnaker before dark and put in a reef.

    Conditions have been much lighter in the last two days and the daytimes have been amazing. Code 0 up now in light breeze and chomping towards the West. The wind is predicted to come up tonight, I reckon around 30knts, maybe 35, based on previous forecasts and what actually happens. we will put in 2 reefs and the no 4 jib and run down wind with it, it will be uncomfortable and unpleasant, but fine. No4 is already on deck and we hoisted it this morning to make sure it will be all good. We both wear our harnesses all the time at night or if the wind is up, don’t worry!

    the autopilot repair seems good and we have been using it, but we mostly hand steer not to over stress it and it is much faster to hand steer in the conditions we have had. Feeling pretty well used, but good.

    The food has been so good, the Ammy meals are incredible. And the other food is great, huge hunks of salami, fruit, cheeses, great coffee….what more could you ask for?

    Love Water:



    We have repaired our Big Bertha spinnaker again – this time the clew. We were passed astern by Ciao Bella at 05h30 this morning. They even radioed in and we had some good banter as we conceded short term defeat. Well done, Ciao Bella. Mojie Manne are always gracious in defeat, but this race ain’t over yet!

    Mussulo 40 – Team Angola Cables:
    Everything Ok!

    Myrtle of Bonnievale:

    Cloud cover = 30%, Temperature: 26,3 deg C, Water temperature: 25,9 deg C, Barometer: 1023, Wind from: 130 deg, Wind strength: 17 knots.

    Last night was very dark. One could not see the difference between the shy and the ocean. You felt as if you are drifting in the sky. I dreamt a few nights ago that we are sailing around the moon.

    For the past week we haven’t seen any other yachts or ships. We can determine by the position reports that the other boats are in our vicinity but they’re approximately 30nm away while we can only see to about 8nm.

    A good friend from Pretoria – I think, Hugo Burger, asked what sort of coal PK and Pietman are using to drive the steam train because it seems to be the right sort whereas Eskom is apparently using the wrong variety.

    Drs Willem en Hilde Liebenberg from Bonnievale made us nice cards with motivational quotes for every day. Because we all sleep and work at different times of the day, Sonja decided to stick these on the wall on a daily basis. Now everyone can read them in their own time. While I sit here typing and look up to plan my next sentence, I read: “He restrains the waves of the sea.” This is from Job. Would he have also sailed? Must be because he realised that man needed that reassurance when the waves sounded like trains! Hansie told us that he and Dr Jakkie di Preez took a little something and prayed for us. Thank you gentlemen – one realises here how infinitely small you are against the huge ocean and nature.

    Love to all. Also to our fellow competitors on this voyage. Also to Love Water and Maserati – not because they deserve it but only out of grace.

    Pierre Albertyn

    Northern Light:
    New fishing buoys with presumably long lines attached

    Been giving bread making lessons here. Great, now i am getting loads of sleep, and bread.


    Yesterday an important tactical decision was made, and you may already be able to see it on the tracker but it’s result should appear only in 3 or 4 days. We had lighter winds for the past 24hs (as expected) but already found some good wind and are expecting a lot more for tonight. It’s a chess game out here, and we are only allowed to see the position of our competition once a day.

    Lots of work onboard, not only sailing the boat as fast as possible, but also doing the maintenance that such a long sailing demands. We have been sailing for 5 days on port tack with the spinnaker up all the time, and have switched kites at least twice daily, sometimes 4 or 5 times!

    Everything is working very well onboard, with the boat and the crew. Sailing conditions are really amazing. Blues skies almost all day long, and starry nights for most of the time. Everyone should try this race!



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