1 year to the start of the start of the Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race
The Royal Cape Yacht Club is proud to announce the 14th edition of the Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race which will take place in January 2014.
This popular race is one of yachting???s greatest challenges, attracting participation from professional and amateur yachtsmen and women, from flat out racers at one end of the spectrum to family cruisers at the other.
It is envisaged that some 50 yachts will participate in the South Atlantic Race which starts from Cape Town on 4 January 2014 and finishes in Rio de Janeiro at the Late Clube do Rio de Janeiro.
Vitor Medina, Chairman of the Cape 2 Rio Organizing Committee, who has competed in 2 editions of the race and attests to the challenging nature of the race and marks it as a highlight of his sailing career. ???We are extremely excited about the next edition of the race and our partnership with Worldsport, especially because we have revisited the vision of the race and we are bringing it back to the core of where this race began.??? said Medina.
The Race, which is the longest continent to continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere, was inspired by South African sailing legend, Bruce Dalling, winner on handicap of the 1968 Transatlantic Single-Handed Yacht Race. The race was conceived to give South African sailors an opportunity to take part in a Trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Since its inception, the race has evolved into a strong competitive event attracting famous sailors and yachts including Icap Leopard, Morning Glory, Rambler, Broomstick and Parker Pen. Despite the introduction of multi class and record setting entries, the race however remains true to its roots as and is open to cruising yachts and sailors.
The city of Cape Town has been a keen supporter of the race in the past and in the 2011 edition of the event, the City of Cape Town sponsored a development crew which went on to win the South Atlantic Trophy in 2011.
???While the event has an intense competitive element, the Royal Cape Yacht club also aims to further increase interest in the sport of sailing and further develop youth sailing,??? said Medina.
The race connects 2 iconic cities Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, which both boast breath taking landscapes and pristine beaches and rich cultural heritages.
The destination is popular with Brazilian visitors, with several direct flights between the two countries each week. And more tourists are coming here for business reasons. According to a study conducted by South African Tourism, while many Brazilians visited the country for leisure, the Brazilian business travel market was the fastest growing segment.
There???s also the foundation of a partnership between the two cities, having the Cape Town-Rio de Janeiro Co-Operation Protocol.
Prior to the start of the race, Cape Town will host a festival featuring ocean activities and official functions that leverage the race.
???International sailing races such as the Cape 2 Rio bring to life Cape Town???s tradition as the ???Tavern on the Seas.??? The event also helps us achieve our objective of positioning Cape Town as a world-class events destination, attracting national and international visitors to our city, allowing us to promote Cape Town to a wide international tourism market??? said Grant Pascoe, MAYCO member of Tourism, and Events & Marketing at the City of Cape Town.
The Cape to Rio Race Committee recently reappointed South Africa???s leading event communications company, Worldsport as its commercial and marketing agents. This will be the 5th time since 2003 that Worldsport will act in this capacity. ???We are extremely delighted to be involved in the race once again as the race adopts a new vision,??? said Bruce Parker Forsyth, Chief Executive at Worldsport.
The Cape to Rio Yacht Race will depart on 4 January 2014 and the cut of date will be 31 January 2014.
For further enquiries:
Contact: Vitor Medina ??? Cape 2 Rio Chairman
Tel: +27 (82) 8244562
Back from left to right : Nils Flatten: CEO,WESGRO; Gerrie Heggie : 2011 Cape to Rio winner and Bobby Stewart : V&A Waterfront
Front from left to right : D??bora Vainer Barenboim : Consulate General of the Brazilian Embassy in Cape Town; Dr. Laurine Platzky : Deputy Director ??? General ; Vitor Medina : Race Chairman and Bruce Parker-Forsyth : CEO, WORLDSPORT