The Weekend Wrap-up 3 February 2020 – the Fling regatta sees the TP52’s in Cape Town, the annual Round the Island Race takes place in The Free State, the Clipper fleet crosses the equator, Joyon takes on the Tea Route record as he passes the Cape of Good Hope. The Red Bull King of the air window opens in Cape Town and Brazilian surfer, Wiggolly Dantas takes his first Pipe Masters win in Oahu, Hawaii.
Fling Regatta – Cape Town South Africa
The annual Fling Regatta was held in Table Bay this weekend and showcased some great sailing from local and international teams. The regatta showcased the impressive TP52’s Phoenix 11 and Phoenix 12 as they raced alongside the Cape 31 fleet and other local racers.
Race 1 was blown out, but day 2 offered up a mix of both light and strong South Easterly winds keeping the fleet on their toes. A broken mast on Windpower 2 was just one of the casualties of the strong winds, luckily all crew were unharmed during the incident. We heard that the breakage was due to the backstay being in the wrong side through a tack.
Day 3 provided some consistent winds on a perfect Cape Town summer’s day.
The brainchild of Irvine Laidlaw, the annual Fling Regatta is a favorite amongst sailors for its well run races headed by international Race Officer, Stuart Childerley.
1st – Phoenix 11
2nd – Phoenix 12
3rd – Cape Fling
Cape 31 Class
1st – Nitro
2nd – Magic
3rd – Orion DYP
ORC 2 Division:
1st – J113 Hollard Jacana
ORC 3 Division:
1st – L26 Hors D’Oeuvre
Clipper round the world race – Sanya Tropical Paradise Race
King Neptune has been dishing out his sense of humour to test the equator-crossing newbies and bestowing on them a badge of honour to savour forever. Three teams successfully crossed the scoring gate first, awarding them bonus points to stash away.
Life at sea had ground to a halt for the majority of the fleet at the end of last week. And with the light wind looking to continue, the teams have resigned themselves to “bobbing around” in what Skipper Rich Gould of WTC Logistics has called a ‘painful rinse and repeat cycle of Staysail up, Staysail down.”
As the rest of the fleet enter the Northern Hemisphere, the teams are continuing to implement the best strategy to continuously improve their performance. However, the significance of this achievement hasn’t gone unnoticed by the crew.
Qingdao’s AQP, Rhiannon Massey says: “Crossing back into the Northern Hemisphere, it feels like a real milestone in the race for me, and feels as though we have really completed a large section of the race now.”
Tea Route Record – Cape of Good Hope
Crossing the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope on 2 February at 1:30 hrs UTC, Francis Joyon and his crew of four completed the first half of their attempt at the Tea Route record (Hong Kong to London), which has been held since 2018 by Giovanni Soldini’s Italian crew.
14 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes after leaving Hong Kong, and having sailed 7666,3 miles averaging 21,7 knots out on the water, they have clocked up a lead of one day, 8 hours, 56 minutes over the record time. This is a particularly remarkable performance given the conditions they encountered particularly in the Indian Ocean, which was far from being cooperative with the absence of the trade winds forcing the maxi trimaran to zig-zag her way around the bubbles of low pressure against the prevailing weather systems of the Southern Ocean.
Francis, Christophe, Antoine, Corentin and Bertrand feel somewhat relieved to be back in the Atlantic. They can now look forward to smoother sailing in the southern part of the ocean with the air warming up off the continent of Africa. They are sailing close to the coast and pods of cetaceans and seals, which live in these warm waters. 6000 miles lie ahead in the Atlantic and their progress will be determined largely by how the Azores and St. Helena high-pressure systems behave. Looking at how they have performed so far, finishing in London may be possible on around 15th or 16th February. To beat Giovanni Soldini’s record, IDEC SPORT must reach the Thames before 1036hrs UTC on 23rd February.
Red Bull King of the Air – Cape Town South Africa
The window period is now open for the Red Bull King of the Air 2020 event. This weekend saw crowds flocking to Big Bay, Cape Town keen to see some high-in-the-sky action, but unfortunately the wind did not playing ball.
An attempt was made to start the first heat, but was later called off to rather wait for better wind.
Round 1 will see South African rider Oswald Smith take on Aaron Hadlow (UK) and Ewan Jaspan (AUS).
Stay tuned for the 48HR countdown! We are tracking a system later next week and updates will be available on the event website.
Round the Island Race VLYC – Lake Deneys, South Africa
The 62nd annual Round the Island Race took place this weekend at Lake Deneys Yacht Club in the Free State. With great sailing conditions and a festive atmosphere on the water race was a great success.
In Other Sports:
WSL Volcom PipePRO 2020 – Oahu, Hawaii
After three flawless days of surf at Pipeline, the Volcom Pipe Pro, a QS 5,000, saw Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) win in powerful and challenging conditions on the fourth and final day to join the list of illustrious winners and take home his very first Pipeline victory. The Brazilian representation was strong as Dantas went against Joao Chianca (BRA) and Yago Dora (BRA) in the Final, who earned runner up and third place respectively, and Hawaiian, Seth Moniz (HAW).
Dantas’ road to glory began back in 2014 when he earned runner up to 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and became fixated on a win at the world-famous wave. The Brazilian has competed in the event nine times and has been traveling to the North Shore for over twenty years, so it was only a matter of time before his name would emerge.
Caleb Swanepoel Bridge House Mile – Franschhoek, South Africa
The Bridge House Mile, an event which aligns perfectly with the school’s philosophy of nurturing health and vitality, has made its mark on the national open water swimming calendar. This year inspirational swimmer Caleb Swanepoel took part placing 4th overall in the mens open mile swim. Caleb is a shark attack survivor who spread encouragement and inspiration through his actions, having met him during the Great Optimist Race at the 2019 Cape Town Boat Show we are always excited to see what he gets up to.
Australian Open – Melbourne, Australia
The penultimate day of the Australian Open 2020 witnessed great drama and emotion as a new women’s singles champion Sofia Kenin emerged and Djokovic held the fort for ‘The Big 3’ (Djokovic, Federer & Nadal) taking his eighth Australian Open title.
Sofia Kenin, a young American player swooped in seemingly from nowhere to grab the Grand Slam title as her first ever. She has had an impressive start in 2019 and has certainly gained everyone’s attention going into the 2020 season.
“This tournament sets a high standard for all the other tournaments around the world and it’s definitely my favorite court, my favourite stadium in the world. I’m blessed to hold this trophy once again.” Says Novak Djokovic no eight time Australian open winner.
[ The Weekend Wrap-up 3 February 2020 ]