Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops 2022 May LEADERBOARD

Phoenicia braves the Cape of Good Hope

by Alice Chutter on 26 Feb 2010
Phoenicia - about to challenge one of the great capes SW
A primitive sailing vessel, based on designs of Phoenician cargo ships from circa 600 BC, will soon face its biggest challenge yet as the international crew members onboard attempt to navigate a stretch of the worlds most dangerous coast line; Cape Agulhas on the southern tip of Africa, and its more famous brother, the Cape of Good Hope.

Phoenicia, the Phoenician Ship Expedition, is a project conceived by local expeditioner and entrepreneur Philip Beale from his base near Lulworth Cove in Dorset. Beale is Expedition Leader onboard Phoenicia bringing together sailors and adventurers from across the globe as part of his crew.

Phoenicia (www.phoenicia.org.uk) is attempting to illustrate that 2000 years before the European, Bartholomew Dias, rounded the Cape of Good Hope the Phoenicians had already achieved a circumnavigation of Africa. As such the expedition is attempting to put African history in its true context.

Many people have considered the idea “madness” according to Beale but as Phoenicia approaches the half way mark of the voyage in Cape Town they are beginning to prove sceptics wrong. The South African public and media have really got behind the project as the ship makes her way along the East and Western Cape with features on national television and headlines in all the South African newspapers.

The expedition launched from Syria in summer 2008. Over the course of the last 18 months an international crew, of up to 16 people on any one leg, have battled against the elements to re-trace the Phoenicians ancient route around Africa. No mean feat on a ship of this type which is based on a traditional sixth century BC Phoenician cargo ship and has few modern luxuries onboard.

“There is no doubt in my mind that navigating the Cape of Good Hope will be one of the most difficult stretches of our 17,000 mile voyage. We are preparing ourselves for this next passage and praying for fair winds and currents to help us on our way.”

Phoenicia’s progress around the Cape can be followed online the website over the course of the next week www.phoenicia.org.uk.
North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTERMcConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTER

Related Articles

DeWALT Scorpion Nationals at Looe wrap up
A summary of the amazing aspects of the friendly and social week's racing So I know you've all been glued to the results and daily missives from a variety of sources but here's the real story(s) of what happened in Looe for the 2022 DeWalt Scorpion National Championships.
Posted today at 4:41 pm
Marine Resources latest jobs
Keep your options wide open with this weeks hot roles in the marine industry Keep your options wide open with this weeks hot roles in the marine industry. Did you know that you can look at new jobs, even if you arent currently searching? We believe it's always best to keep your options open.
Posted today at 4:00 pm
Caribbean Winter Circuit back with a bang
Starting in January, offering great racing throughout the region every month up until early May The Caribbean Winter Circuit starts in January and offers great racing throughout the region every month up until early May. Now is the perfect time to plan which islands and regattas you are looking to participate in!
Posted today at 2:40 pm
Sailing clubs in Northern Ireland get support
RYA Active Clubs programme responds to surge in membership With a surge of people taking to the water this Summer, there has been an increase in demand for courses at sailing clubs right across Northern Ireland.
Posted today at 2:28 pm
Irish trio flying the Tricolour
Three Irish solo racers in 53rd La Solitaire du Figaro After the host nation, France, which fields 25 of the 34 skippers, Ireland -along with England - has 2nd biggest representation in 53rd La Solitaire du Figaro, the French solo offshore race which takes place each summer off the Atlantic and Channel coasts
Posted today at 1:14 pm
NZSailGP Team is back in action
In Copenhagen for Event 4 of SailGP Season 3 The New Zealand SailGP Team is back in action in Copenhagen for Event 4 of Season 3 of SailGP, and the team has a new target on its back after a dominant performance in Plymouth on and off the water.
Posted today at 1:00 pm
RS Elite Regatta at Chichester day 2
More T Vicar has taken a narrow lead Sailing in fresher conditions than day 1 with mainly westerly winds, the second day of the RS Elite event in Chichester Harbour Race Week has brought changes to the leader board.
Posted today at 11:42 am
Swiss SailGP Team ready to race in Copenhagen
New crew line up with Nathan Outteridge making his debut as co-driver Swiss SailGP Team will race in Copenhagen over the next two days at the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix. It's the fourth event in SailGP's global championship calendar, and the second event in the European leg of the league.
Posted today at 11:26 am
Great Britain team are out of Denmark SailGP
Damage from hitting an uncharted rock is not repairable in time The Great Britain SailGP Team are unable to compete in the ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix, after sustaining damage to their F50 race boat during practice racing in Copenhagen.
Posted today at 10:45 am
2022 Snipe Worlds set to start in Cascais
87 teams representing 17 nations and 4 continents will be on the starting line The 2022 Snipe World Championship is set to begin in Cascais, Portugal with racing to begin on Sunday, August 21. 87 teams representing 17 nations and 4 continents will be on the starting line with racing Sunday through Thursday.
Posted today at 9:57 am