The Weekend Wrap-up 27 January 2020 – Cape to Rio Race updates, The Clipper Round the World races through the Doldrums, Seven Hempel World Cup Series champions crowned in Miami, Cape Fling breaks the Robben Island race record, Matt Trautman wins his fourth IRONMAN 70.3 in East London and Lewis Pugh swims for the Antarctic.
Cape 2 Rio 2020 – Update from Zulu Girl powered by Mazi Asset Management
The Cape to Rio Yacht Race is still underway as the boats were hit by a nasty storm off the coast of Brazil. A severe localised weather system – an embedded low – brought extreme weather, affecting the progress of the fleet. The fleet has made it through the storm with much calmer weather on their side now. But their transmissions reporting of extreme winds up to 70knt gusts and force 6 swells have had everyone’s arms hairs on end. One of the boats to be badly affected was Zulu Girl . Race Management monitored her progress closely overnight and made the necessary bridges to relevant maritime safety and rescue authorities on both sides of the South Atlantic to be on alert.
Skipper on board Zulu Girl, Siyanda Vato, sent an update through yesterday evening.
“Good evening everyone,
Just an update on what happened this morning: We were hit by a thunderstorm that lasted about 3 hours, we saw winds of up to 70 knots which caught us off-guard. We were 2- sail reaching when it hit us. We managed to snap the steering quadrant lines and we are currently sailing on an emergency tiller. One crew member has burnt his foot with boiling water, but we are managing his situation. Other than that the crew on the boat are well and healthy and the boat is safe and sound. We have performed a thorough check of the crew and the boat and we are happy that she can still compete. So, as it stands our intentions are to continue racing.”
*Update 28 January 2020 – Teams Ciao Bella JM Busha 54 Sailing Team and Haspa Hamburg have crossed the finish line this morning. Haspa Hamburg came in with an elapsed time of 16d 21h 3m 15s while JM BUsha 54 came in with a time of 23d 16h 14m 52s.
The next group estimated to arrive later today (28 Jan) – Mussulo 40 – Team Angolan Cables (BRA), Mojie 1 (RSA) and Almagores || (ITA).
Clipper Round the World Race 6 – The Sanya Tropical Paradise
The Sanya Tropical Paradise Race continues to thrill as the fleet navigate towards, and into the Doldrums Corridor. Most teams report being in close proximity to each other and this has helped momentum when it comes to monitoring the competition and galvanising teams to push harder to improve their position in the race standings.
Seattle Mate, Lyndsay Barnes said: “Last night there were six of us all making our way north together in a line on time-zero. To be able to see other boats on the horizon is definitely helping to keep the crew focused and their concentration levels high.”
The big question of the day on Sunday (24th January) was: ‘Do we decide to switch on our motor or not?’ The teams are carefully considering this dilemma as Chris Brooks, skipper of Qingdao explains: “We are allowed to choose to motor for one period of 240 miles. We have to do it in one leg and motor at 6 knots. It’s a great idea, which allows us to progress through the dead air near the Equator.” Teams now motoring are Zhuhai and Unicef, the timing to decide to motor is difficult to judge and is often seen as a gamble between the weather and mechanical advantages. Whether this gamble will pay off in the long run remains to be seen. Zhuhai has a race lead to protect and are beating off strong competition from Qingdao, current second place holders and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam in third.
The tactical decisions taken by the teams has a direct impact on the overall race standings and the battle for first position continues to present a close and achievable challenge for all.
For live updates on positions follow the Race Viewer
Hempel World Cup Series 2020– Miami Florida
MIAMI, Fla. (January 25, 2020) – Miami got a taste of Olympic class sailing at the highest level this week, and on Saturday champions were crowned at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami.
Hempel World Cup Series Miami was the final opportunity for North American nations to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games across the 470, RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn fleets. Six of seven places had virtually been decided heading into today’s Medal Races with Mexico sealing places in the Laser Radial, Finn and Men’s RS:X. Canada picked up the Women’s RS:X and Men’s 470 place and USA captured the Women’s 470.
The schedule at 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami had qualifying races for the 182 sailors from 45 nations from January 20 to 24 with Medal Races on January 25.
The World Cup Series is an annual circuit of Olympic sailing for elite and professional sailors, and a key touchpoint for fans and media to connect to the sport of sailing and develop support for athletes on their road to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond. Over 2,000 of the world’s leading sailors, representing 75 nations, have competed in the World Cup Series since its inception in 2008.
52 Super Series Packed and Ready for Cape Town – South Hampton, United Kingdom
The TP52 fleet is packed and bound for Cape Town for the upcoming 52 Super Series event and Rolex TP52 World Championships being hosted in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 52 Super Series event is taking place between 2nd and 6th March and will open the 2020 Super Series season with the first ever Super Series event to be held in Cape Town. This will be followed by the first ever Rolex TP52 World Championship to be held in African waters. Spectators and fans are encouraged to head down to the V&A waterfront to see the boats and their teams on the docks or follow the event online for race updates and live video broadcasting.
Cape 31 Season Race Day ’20 – Cape Town, South Africa
The colourful Cape 31 fleet was treated to a steady, building westerly breeze and warm weather for the first race of the 2020 season The regatta was held on Saturday 25 January and three races were completed. Seascape Yanmar came out on top with two firsts and a third only just beating Nitro by one point!
Round Robben Island Race – Cape Town, South Africa
The infamous Round Robben Island Race took place this weekend with local sailors enjoying the best of Cape Town summer conditions. A port rounding course was set, and the boats started off with a westerly breeze that switched more northerly as they reached the Island, building steadily to 25knts. Easy sailing all the way home with good winds and flat water brought Jacana into 1st place on handicap with Nitro and Cape Fling just behind. Cape Fling nabbed a new course record, finishing in 1hr 38min and 14 second.
Matt Trautman wins his fourth IRONMAN 70.3 – Buffalo City, South Africa
Matt Trautman claimed the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa title in a time of 4:02:59, just under three minutes ahead of countryman Brad Weiss, with Olympic triathlete Henri Schoeman (making his debut in the 70.3 format) finishing third. It was Trautman’s fourth victory at the event (having previously won in 2015, 2016 and 2018) and sees him qualify for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, New Zealand.
“I was very chuffed with my run and performance overall. I couldn’t be happier. Great to have the family here — first time little Riley was at the race and that added some ‘dad power’ which definitely made a difference.”
A Swim in the Ice #Antarctica2020 – Lewis Pugh
On 23rd January 2020, Lewis Pugh swam where no human has swum before: 1km across a supra-glacial lake in East Antarctica. Russian ice hockey champion Slava Fetisov seconded him and was responsible for protecting Lewis in this endeavour.
This was the hardest swim of Lewis’s life. Not only was there freezing water and a severe wind chill factor to contend with, but there was also the threat of the lake suddenly emptying out through a crack in the ice sheet. Supra-glacial lakes form when meltwater collects on the surface of an ice sheet. Shockingly, a recent study led by Professor Chris Stokes of Durham University found over 65,000 of these lakes on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, indicating that surface melting is more widespread than previously thought.
“Courage is contagious,” says Lewis before the attempt. “That’s why I want Slava by my side.”
WSL Pro Taghazout Bay – Morocco
The QS5,000 Pro Taghazout Bay commenced this weekend at the backup location of Anza with the remaining eight heats of Round 1 in slightly smaller surf.
The second heat of the morning got everyone on their toes with a lot of waves surfed. Erwan Blouin (FRA) punted for an excellent 8.17, Noa Dupouy (FRA) and Daiki Tanaka (JPN) fought on the wave face with turns while Arashi Kato (JPN) struggled to find the right sections.
When the dust settled it was 15 year-old Frenchman Dupouy in first, and Tanaka squeezing into second with a last-ditch effort on a good right. “It was a fun heat with lots of waves and everyone was surfing well,” Dupouy said. “I felt good out there I was having fun and I managed to find good waves when I had priority so I could improve my scores continuously.” The junior surfer has been training for a few days in the area, spending maximum time in the lineup and it showed as he selected the right waves to build a healthy 13.57 total to advance.
[The Weekend Wrap-up 27 January 2020]