Breeze fills in

Finally - some progress in SAP Cape-Rio race

Tuesday January 21st 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
A sigh of relief swept through the fleet of the SAP Cape to Rio race when the long-awaited trade winds traditional to the race finally came through. Frustrations were running high for the past three days as most of the fleet was experiencing virtually windless conditions and could only achieve small distances.

The superfast Swedes on board the trimaran Nicator clocked the best distance of the day with a speedy 333.8 miles averaging 13.91 knots. Their closest rival in the chase to get to Rio first, the Brazilian catamaran Adrenalina Pura averaged 9.69 knots to cover 232.5 miles.

The Gauteng crew on board Baleka is still revelling in their top spot in the handicap ratings and crew member Dave van der Spuy wrote: “We are overjoyed to learn that we lie first on handicap for the second day running. The hard work and sweat are paying off. Although the race is by no means over and anything can still happen, we are well set for the lead presently and intend to keep it! We have had a flying past two days to surpass all other boats in our class. The wind has swung in our favour and is pushing us along
the shortest course for Trinidade and ultimately Rio de Janeiro.”

Gawie Fagan on board Suidoos 2 did his best distance of the race since leaving Cape Town more than a fortnight ago. The 9-metre Royal Cape One Design covered 188 miles during the past 24 hours and is clinging onto her second handicap position. According to avid supporter Dave Smith, they are delighted to see the good distance as they were getting very concerned for the crew’s spirit. “One such a small boat, it becomes extremely frustrating when you are not going anywhere and morale becomes low. It’s great that they moving well again.”

Investec and Diel hung onto their third and fourth positions respectively with monohull line honours contender Morning Glory in fifth position. Dr Hasso Plattner and his crew also came into better winds and covered 239 miles during the last reporting period.

Auto Atlantic Thunderchild and the communications vessel Dalys Insurance, are still playing cat-and-mouse and have been joined by the Australian maxi Helsal II. The three yachts are bunched together and have all been covering distances over 180 miles.

Solo yachtsman John Martin on board the yacht MTU Fascination of Power reported good winds on Tuesday morning. After being stuck in a hole for close to three days, Martin was delighted with their progress. “At last we are flying. Since 1800 last night we got the wind and we have been cooking since then. We’re currently surfing at 12 knots and averaging 9 knots and are now heading directly for the Island,” said Martin, who yesterday compared the mid-Atlantic to a parking lot.

On board the yacht inspia!2041 skipper Derek Shuttleworth reported some excitement when the spinnaker was wrapped around the forestay. According to Coca-Cola inspianeer Linda Shannon, it turned into an exhausting exercise and they had to hoist a crew member to untangle it. "Thinking back on the incident what strikes me is that everybody just pitched in and got on with the job at hand. We all knew that we were in a terrible predicament if we did not get the spinnaker down (and in one piece as it is the only one we have) so we focused solely on that job. I think that the reason for this was
because the Skipper was so calm about it. You did not get the idea from him that he was angry (although I am sure he was), or frustrated with us when we did not get things right the first time. He was patient and focused, and in the end we only lost about an hour."

Handicap ranking

Pos Class A Type Skipper Lat Long DTF SOG
1 BALEKA Fast 42 Alex Schon/Wolf Seitz 23 16.0 S 8 6.0 W 1980 7.23
2 SUIDOOS 2 RCOD (Mod) Gawie Fagan 22 23.0 S 19 35.0 W 1344 7.87
3 INVESTEC Fast 42 J McGraw/S Cumming 21 9.0 S 6 17.0 W 2079 7.46
4 DIEL Bernhard Diebold 22 52.0 S 8 2.0 W 1983 8.05
5 MORNING GLORY RP 80 Hasso Plattner 19 43.0 S 17 8.0 W 1475 9.98
6 AUTO ATLANTIC T/Child Lavranos 52 R & G Goldswain 20 8.0 S 8 54.0 W 1936 7.87
7 JULIE III Miura Robin Green 21 11.0 S 14 37.0 W 1613 5.42
8 KONICA/MALLINICKS INDABA Stadt 34 John Levin 20 22.0 S 16 5.0 W 1532 6.08
9 BARRACUDA Sun Magic Nicola Amundsen 21 30.0 S 2 48.0 W 2273 6.82
10 DALYS INSURANCE Lavranos 80 Mike Daly 19 38.0 S 8 18.0 W 1973 8.00
11 HELSAL II Adams 65 Bill Rawson 19 2.0 S 8 32.0 W 1964 8.97
12 MADIBA RACING TEAM Leisure 42 19 48.0 S 5 35.0 W 2124 19.40
13 VCR 90.6 FM Gitana 43 G Boshoff / H Karolus 26 35.0 S 2 42.0 W 2295 5.37
14 34 SOUTH @ KNYSNA Dix 46 Theo Beens 24 54.0 S 1 24.0 W 2354 4.60
15 MADAME PAZZAZZ Far 38 Mod M Skeen / G Hewitt 22 5.0 S 1 16.0 W 2357 6.32
16 INSPIA Challenge 67 Derek Shuttleworth 25 42.0 S 3 26.0 W 2248 5.73
17 BIG REEF Brian Sutherland 24 22.0 S 42.0 W 2390 5.47
18 FASCINATION OF POWER Fast 42 John Martin 24 6.0 S 2 29.0 W 2291 5.63
19 SAFARI - CTW Vicker 41 David Tideswell 24 50.0 S 12 39.0 W 1747 2.60
20 SCORPIO Islander 51 H Oliphant / J Dickson 25 27.0 S 1 31.0 W 2350 6.12
21 MAIDEN Terry Nielsen 19 52.0 S 2 23.0 W 2303 8.82
22 FTI FLYER Charger Keith Mattison 22 31.0 S 9 35.0 W 1896 4.84
23 LOVE LIFE Lello 78 Marion Cole 22 17.0 S 7.0 E 2434 6.43
Class B
1 NICATOR Open 60 Cat Klas Nylof 22 17.0 S 23 44.0 W 1119 13.91
2 ADRENALINA PURA Multi Cat G Ehrensperger 18 34.0 S 20 51.0 W 1279 9.69
Class C
1 CUMIN THRU Barens S/Trad Alexander Smith 23 7.0 S 7 35.0 W 2008 2.95
2 AQUILA H Rassy 42 Jon Thurlow 21 1.0 S 12 21.0 W 1740 4.24
3 INYONI Miura HI Ferreira 23 32.0 S 9 W 1932 3.86
4 ACALANTIS Roberts 45 M Tattavitto 24 29.0 S 12 31.0 W 1750 4.41
5 NAUTY 40S Roberts 45 Falk Graser 22 51.0 S 8 7.0 W 1978 4.03
6 ALBACORE Corrida Grant Saunders 28 58.0 S 8 48.0 W 2015 13.75
Class D
1 FORSDICKS BMW Island Spirit M Avelino/H Dopke 24 6.0 S 1 43.0 W 2333 5.06

By DTF

1 NICATOR Open 60 Cat Klas Nylof 22 17.0 S 23 44.0 W 1119 13.91
2 ADRENALINA PURA Multi Cat G Ehrensperger 18 34.0 S 20 51.0 W 1279 9.69
2 SUIDOOS 2 RCOD (Mod) Gawie Fagan 22 23.0 S 19 35.0 W 1344 7.87
5 MORNING GLORY RP 80 Hasso Plattner 19 43.0 S 17 8.0 W 1475 9.98
8 KONICA/MALLINICKS INDABA Stadt 34 John Levin 20 22.0 S 16 5.0 W 1532 6.08
7 JULIE III Miura Robin Green 21 11.0 S 14 37.0 W 1613 5.42
2 AQUILA H Rassy 42 Jon Thurlow 21 1.0 S 12 21.0 W 1740 4.24
19 SAFARI - CTW Vicker 41 David Tideswell 24 50.0 S 12 39.0 W 1747 2.60
4 ACALANTIS Roberts 45 M Tattavitto 24 29.0 S 12 31.0 W 1750 4.41
22 FTI FLYER Charger Keith Mattison 22 31.0 S 9 35.0 W 1896 4.84
3 INYONI Miura HI Ferreira 23 32.0 S 9 W 1932 3.86
6 AUTO ATLANTIC T/Child Lavranos 52 R & G Goldswain 20 8.0 S 8 54.0 W 1936 7.87
11 HELSAL II Adams 65 Bill Rawson 19 2.0 S 8 32.0 W 1964 8.97
10 DALYS INSURANCE Lavranos 80 Mike Daly 19 38.0 S 8 18.0 W 1973 8.00
5 NAUTY 40S Roberts 45 Falk Graser 22 51.0 S 8 7.0 W 1978 4.03
1 BALEKA Fast 42 Alex Schon/Wolf Seitz 23 16.0 S 8 6.0 W 1980 7.23
4 DIEL Bernhard Diebold 22 52.0 S 8 2.0 W 1983 8.05
1 CUMIN THRU Barens S/Trad Alexander Smith 23 7.0 S 7 35.0 W 2008 2.95
6 ALBACORE Corrida Grant Saunders 28 58.0 S 8 48.0 W 2015 13.75
3 INVESTEC Fast 42 J McGraw/S Cumming 21 9.0 S 6 17.0 W 2079 7.46
12 MADIBA RACING TEAM Leisure 42 19 48.0 S 5 35.0 W 2124 19.40
16 INSPIA Challenge 67 Derek Shuttleworth 25 42.0 S 3 26.0 W 2248 5.73
9 BARRACUDA Sun Magic Nicola Amundsen 21 30.0 S 2 48.0 W 2273 6.82
18 FASCINATION OF POWER Fast 42 John Martin 24 6.0 S 2 29.0 W 2291 5.63
13 VCR 90.6 FM Gitana 43 G Boshoff / H Karolus 26 35.0 S 2 42.0 W 2295 5.37
21 MAIDEN Terry Nielsen 19 52.0 S 2 23.0 W 2303 8.82
1 FORSDICKS BMW Island Spirit M Avelino/H Dopke 24 6.0 S 1 43.0 W 2333 5.06
20 SCORPIO Islander 51 H Oliphant / J Dickson 25 27.0 S 1 31.0 W 2350 6.12
14 34 SOUTH @ KNYSNA Dix 46 Theo Beens 24 54.0 S 1 24.0 W 2354 4.60
15 MADAME PAZZAZZ Far 38 Mod M Skeen / G Hewitt 22 5.0 S 1 16.0 W 2357 6.32
17 BIG REEF Brian Sutherland 24 22.0 S 42.0 W 2390 5.47
23 LOVE LIFE Lello 78 Marion Cole 22 17.0 S 7.0 E 2434 6.43

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