As 2018 draws to an end what about setting some goals and putting some plans in place for the next few years? Maybe crossing the Atlantic and sailing from one iconic city to the other is on your list of things to do?
The 2020 Cape 2 Rio race celebrates the centenary of the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro. And it seems fitting to celebrate this milestone along with Royal Cape Yacht Club who will celebrate their 115th birthday at the start of the Cape to Rio Race 2020.
Qualifying races now a pre-requisite to enter the Cape to Rio race
For the next edition of the race, the organisers have specified quite a few qualifying races to ensure that competitors are prepared for an ocean crossing like this. Following the recent tragic loss at sea of Melvin Rautenbach in our local Mosselbay Race (MBR), and John Fisher in the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race, we are all reminded that Antonio Bartolomew lost his life in the 2014 Rio Race when Angolan entry, Bille was dismasted following the start of the race.
With boats getting faster, and the weather becoming more unpredictable, it has become essential to make offshore races a pre-requisite to qualify to enter these ocean crossings. Even the most skilled and experienced sailors are vulnerable to varying conditions, so it seems that no amount of training or qualifying races will ever be enough. But it does allow the competitors to test their systems and skills.
“I like the idea of working hand in hand with the full suite of coastal offshore and ocean events offered in SA. I like the fact that participation in races like the MBR, the West Coast Race, and the Vasco da Gama race for example, gives qualification credibility to entrants of the Cape to Rio Race. ” says Luke Scott, Race Chair, Cape2Rio Race 2020.
“The homogenous rating platforms of ORC and Texel (for multihulls) is a step in the right direction. With the Cape to St. Helena Race back on track, I’d like to see this race move to a 3 year cycle, so that it always takes place a year before the Cape to Rio yacht race providing a credible qualifier to the Rio Race. I’d like to see a national entry from KZN, EC and the Northern Region, as well as WC too.” Luke adds.
The latest Notice of Race can be found at cape2rio2020.com