• Cape2Rio Jan 17: Rio On Horizon For Leaders, Gourmet Food For Others Further Aft


    Cape2Rio2020 | Day 12 Report
    By Richard Crockett

    Was it a surprise to see the big dogs dive south so dramatically? Probably not as one has to really keep one eye on the tracker and another on the weather. Those who toggle the wind on in YB Tracker will see that ‘Maserati’ and ‘Love Water’ are diving south into some big wind which they hope will slingshot them into Rio at record pace.

    The fact that the two big dogs are shadowing each other, with ‘Love Water’ just some 18nm directly astern of ‘Maserati’, shows that they have both seen the same wind pattern and both want to take advantage of it. Neither are doing massive boat speeds either, around 15 knots, and not the 25-plus that they are very capable of. That was on the 06h00 report this morning, although the 10h00 report shows ‘Love Water’ trying to position herself between Rio and ‘Maserati’. The next 24 hours will be very interesting in this two-boat tussle.

    The north-south fleet divide is closing daily, and within a few days we should see them begin to integrate more.
    What interests me is that ‘JM Busha 54′ have steadfastly remained the most northerly boat in the fleet, but this morning at about 07h00 she and ‘Mojie’ crossed gybes about 2nm apart, with ‘Mojie’ favouring a more northerly course of 308 degrees, and ‘JM Busha 54′ an almost south westerly course of 264 degrees. These two have been close foes all race, and are likely to be all the way to the finish line unless now is the time they unshackle from each other and one can outfox the other. As always, time will tell.

    ‘Mussulo’, in the southern fleet, continues to lead the fleet overall on handicap – especially impressive as they are sailing just two-up – that’s just two guys doing EVERYTHING!

    ‘Haspa Hamburg’ is the most northerly of this fleet, and sailing hard, fast and sensibly, as is ‘Almagores II’, with ‘Zulu Girl’ being the most southern boat in the entire fleet.

    Of the three cruising cats, ‘Myrtle of Bonnievale’ is in charge on handicap, followed by ‘Sulanga’ and ‘Ronin’.
    Yesterday I mentioned that no outside assistance was permitted in terms of the rules. Today, after questions from landlubbers about food, it’s safe to say that there are two categories of food intake on this race. The racing boats, and I mean those serious about wanting to win on handicap, will be eating freeze-dried food. It’s simply a case of opening a few packets of the chosen “taste of the day”, adding hot water and scoffing! It’s lightweight stuff this – as the lighter a boat is the faster it can go. Plus energy bars and lightweight snacks are plentiful – and chocolate bars too.


    News from the fleet:

    (Messages are relayed as received)

    to much pushing, material breaking, all well
    Corkscrew finally found
    Best regards

    Just broken the 4th spinnaker hailed but kite is ok

    All is well, awesome sailing conditions! New speed record for Mojie of 17.8kts!

    Ciao Bella – JM BUSHA 54 SAILING TEAM:
    As we continue our tight race with Mojie we are super thankful to have a decent amount of wind! The racing is tight and this keeps us pushing hard. We have pancakes today to celebrate week 2 at sea.

    As I write this email, the radio went off and guess who it was… Yacht Mojie! So the tussle continues.

    We see a big high pressure hole coming in front of us so deciding to head more south again. holding thumbs our strategy pays off!!

    Almagores II:
    (15 Jan) It’s hot, no clouds in the sky, the sun shines,the wind is round 11 kots, the sea is lowering to force 2.
    In the watch 12 am-2 pm, we see a group of killer whales, at the stern of the boat, too far to take a picture, but having seen them is huge. The night comes after a long sunset and with many clouds to cover the sky.
    The 8 pm-12pm watch starts in the dark, but towards the end the clouds disappeared and the stars are all over. At the end of the watch we gybe again, heading 345°,tws 9,boat speed 7

    Ballyhoo Too:
    we pretty extreme conditions at the moment, 30-35knts and a huge sea. So much water on deck my my PFD self inflated!Due to this I I may not have a chance to send a position report later today, as we have our hands full, but all good on board.Our position at 8:15 UTC 25 deg 57.304 S 003.58 w . Thanks Rijk.

    very challenging times out here today- reefed and battened down tight – seems like a grand time to play spin the bottle down below – Hazelnuts and tea the call of the day- team ANJO remain upbeat if not just a tad wet. The night watch. As darkness slips across the charging seas, the horizon is snubbed out as are all signs of the moon or stars. It’s just blackness all around accompanied by the howling of the wind with guts up to force 8 through the sails. They in turn snap and whip like frenzied wild horses as the yacht dives down a massive wave, up the next and down again, fighting to broach. The only navigation displays are AWA which rolls relentlessly up and down as massive waves with breaking white water thunder past in the total blackness. Arms and shoulders scream out to stop spinning the wheeling in the vain attempt to steady the rolling numbers and it goes on and on, never seeming to stop until a shout to your left “unclip your hour is up, I’ll take over. The sweetest sound in the breakneck highway that is the Night Watch. TBC

    Love Water:


    Myrtle of Bonnievale:

    Boat speed 7-8 knots, surfing at 10 knots. Wind 20 knots from 120 Deg, Wave height = 3,5 meters, Outside temperature = 26.8 deg C, Water temperature = 25,9 deg C.

    Simone Balman, Race Secretary, is doing an excellent job to administer this race from Cape Town. Thank you Simone. Simone informed me that I give her a hard time to translate my Afrikaans messages to English. She then posts it on Facebook. Because there is some international following of the race, she has to post it in English. Apologies and I shall continue in English.

    My new friend and sailing guru, Bernard Farmer, says offshore races are won during the night. Bernard, I can also tell you that offshore races are lost at night. Today everyone on board looks like they are walking in there sleep from sleep deprivation. Pietman slept in an unconscious state this morning and we could not wake him up for his morning shift. Most did not sleep last night: sail changes, then the small spinnaker got torn in two, sails down, wind too strong for bigger spinnaker, jib still have some work to be done on, only option left was to hoist the handkerchief size storm jib to get some balance in the sail plan. We were limping at 5 knots until daylight when the wind calmed to allow us to hoist the bigger spinnaker again. Very glad non of the other competitors saw us with a storm jib where the spinnaker should be flying. We are racing again.

    I think I can safely say that we have crossed half the Atlantic ocean by now. We have had good wind this far. On previous crossings we were often becalmed and then stopped for a swim. No time for that this year. Part of the reason could be that we did not have any grib files on board before – the technology was too expensive at the time. By receiving grib files we can form a better idea of the weather system and where not to sail to.

    Everyone is happy and working hard.

    Love to all.

    Pierre Albertyn

    Windy night and nice and fast. We need it now. Can’t wait to see Jesus

    After crossing the lighter winds of the high pressure, we were blessed with stronger winds… but they came really stronger… 40 knots all of a sudden! With our spinnaker up, we had help from God when he slacked our halyard as a warning, just in time for us to lower the chute at the last light of the day, avoiding the strong gusts that came right after. Incredible!

    The night was dark and shaken with the wind averaging 30 knots and reaching 40 many times. Our skipper helmed the boat for 5 hours through the worst of the night. Now that the day is back, we can see the waves that reach 4 to 5 meters. Washing machine mode on! But we kept pressing the boat in a delicate balance between sailing fast and avoiding damage. Everything and everyone in great shape, despite the incessant movement that toss us from side to side.


    On Board Maserati multi 70 we sail to 26.2 in the wake of Lovewater, which is about 40 miles later and goes to 26.5 knots.
    We're going with trinca and full mainsail with 20 knots of wide upwind. Lovewater, 10 feet longer than Maseratimulti70, is faster than us, but still 1000 miles left and we will fight until the end to resume the command!

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