Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update and positions 1st February 2011

Heineken Cape to Rio Race 2011
Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race update.

City of Cape Town skipper Gerry Hegie will have to keep the champagne on ice and the party hats under wraps for a couple of days before he can be declared winner on handicap of the Heineken Cape to Rio yacht race.


Hegie’s 42ft Lavranos reached Rio on Tuesday morning, completing the Atlantic crossing in 17 days, 12 minutes and 25 seconds, just over 24 hours behind line honours winner Prodigy.

'It’s exciting to arrive in Rio with a mixed crew of Brazilians and South Africans on board,' said the 25-year-old Hegie at the Rio Yacht Club on Tuesday morning. 'Three and a half months of intense preparation has finally paid off.'

The remaining 15 yachts in the race are averaging about four knots and it’s unlikely any of the handicap contenders will get enough breeze in the next 48 hours to spoil Hegie’s party.

The 63ft maxi Grand Filou II is expected to arrive in Rio only on Thursday, followed by Xtra-Link, Yachtport SA and Ciao Bella, which is lying second on handicap and still 594 nautical miles away from Rio after reporting a 24-hour run of only 94nm on Monday.

Perie Banou II is in third place on handicap, still 920nm off Rio, followed by Xtra-Link and Yachtport SA.

Position Report : Tuesday 1st February 2011
CITY OF CAPE TOWN (AFTER YOU)
A
23
 
S
43
10.1
W
3267
 
204.9
 
1
ROBTEK'S CIAO BELLA
A
23
15.2
S
032
27.0
W
2728
591
94.3
3.93
2
PERIE BANOU II
A
22
21.3
S
026
33.4
W
2458
920
128.6
5.36
3
XTRA-LINK
A
24
28.0
S
033
32.0
W
2751
536
85.0
3.54
4
PRODIGY
A
23
 
S
043
10.1
W
3267
 
 
 
5
YACHTPORT SA
A
22
30.0
S
033
12.0
W
2785
552
115.9
4.83
6
ENVIRODIESEL ME 2 ME
A
23
5.9
S
027
10.3
W
2469
883
103.5
4.31
7
SPIRIT OF IZIVUNGUVUNGU
A
24
 
S
030
39.0
W
2619
691
66.6
2.78
8
GRAND FILOU II
A
23
38.0
S
037
20.0
W
2961
324
107.0
4.46
9
SUGAR STICK SISTERS (CAPE STORM)
A
25
27.3
S
029
42.0
W
2536
751
48.4
2.02
10
HOT ICE
B
24
46.9
S
029
50.5
W
2560
739
133.2
5.55
1
LEYNA
B
27
30.1
S
029
40.3
W
2489
780
121.7
5.07
2
NORA SIMRAD
B
24
12.0
S
031
15.0
W
2644
659
119.9
5.00
3
NEMESIS
B
22
37.0
S
030
8.6
W
2629
720
130.1
5.42
4
INS MHADEI
B
23
43.0
S
025
45.0
W
2382
960
53.1
2.21
5
MYRTLE OF BONNIEVALE
C
23
21.5
S
027
45.0
W
2491
850
116.5
4.85
1
RATCATCHER
C
24
3.9
S
027
21.5
W
2454
872
52.5
2.19
2

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