Poor winds hampered the 2008/9 race, which set off from False Bay Yacht Club, Cape Town on 29th December 2008. After 6 days at sea, the fleet was spread out some 600 odd miles from Cape Town, averaging roughly 100 nautical miles a day (in the 2006 race at the same stage the fleet had covered more than 1,800Km). ‘Phoenix ’ won Line Honours, arriving on 11th January after 12 days, 19 hours and 48 minutes at sea. The Cruising Class was won by ‘Blazin ’, arriving on 13th January, and ‘Patches ’ won the Racing Class and the Governor’s Cup, arriving on 12th January.