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Heineken Cape to Rio - Race update and results for 30th January 2011

by Jeanne Van Rooyen on 31 Jan 2011
Prodigy - Heineken Cape to Rio Race 2011 Heineken Cape to Rio http://capetorio.heineken.com/
Heineken Cape to Rio - Potential line honours winner of the 2011 Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race, the Durban Yacht Prodigy, was roughly sixty miles off Rio late this afternoon, making a steady 10 knots in a 15 knot north - east wind, and expected to cross the finish line in the early evening.

At time of going to press, while the wind was forecast to change to the west, nonetheless in an unusually breezy Rio, Prodigy should have no trouble in crossing the line before sunset.

For the last two weeks, the weather on the South Atlantic has been such that Prodigy and other race leaders have enjoyed a good fast crossing, with few of the calms that have plagued fleets in the past. Her fifteen day crossing is in dramatic contrast to the twenty three days and forty minutes set by the line honours winner for the same course forty years ago.

In the first race in 1971, co-skippers Lesley Williams and Robin Knox-Johnston took line honours in the 71 footer Ocean Spirit, at that time a state-of-the-art design.

But in the following race in 1973, Ilha Trinidade, just off the coast about 480 miles off Rio was introduced as a mark on the course as a way of ensuring that the fleet would take the northern route on the crossing. Since records can by definition only apply to a particular course, that Ocean Spirit record remained the fastest time for the direct Cape to Rio route.

Boat

Degrees

Minutes

 

Degrees

Minutes

 

Dist To Fin

Distance

Speed (Kts)

Interim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio De Janeiro

23

 

S

43

10.1

W

 

 

 

 

City Of Cape Town (After You)

23

29.0

S

036

9.0

W

388

173.9

7.25

1

Robtek's Ciao Bella

22

30.9

S

029

9.1

W

776

108.4

4.52

2

Perie Banou II

23

46.0

S

023

18.0

W

1094

121.1

5.05

3

Xtra-Link

24

42.0

S

030

1.0

W

729

121.5

5.06

4

Prodigy

23

25.0

S

040

54.9

W

127

240.6

10.03

5

Yachtport SA

22

24.3

S

029

38.0

W

750

103.3

4.30

6

Spirit Of Izivunguvungu

25

8.5

S

028

40.1

W

804

88.5

3.69

7

Sugar Stick Sisters (Cape Storm)

25

56.8

S

027

53.0

W

853

88.7

3.70

8

Envirodiesel Me 2 Me

22

28.3

S

023

15.3

W

1102

151.3

6.30

9

Grand Filou II

23

33.6

S

032

34.3

W

585

184.0

7.67

10

Hot Ice

25

18.4

S

024

53.9

W

1009

102.4

4.27

1

Leyna

27

47.0

S

025

13.0

W

1013

154.6

6.44

2

Nora Simrad

24

50.0

S

026

23.0

W

927

115.1

4.80

3

Nemesis

22

40.9

S

025

22.0

W

984

149.5

6.23

4

Ins Mhadei

24

13.0

S

022

54.0

W

1116

113.0

4.71

5

Ratcatcher

24

23.0

S

24

54.3

W

1006

152.5

6.35

1

Myrtle Of Bonnievale

24

22.3

S

023

15.9

W

1096

130.5

5.44

2


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