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Iconic Cape 2 Rio 2023 race receives 9th entry, the Brazilian Audaz

by The Royal Cape Yacht Club 20 Sep 2021 07:55 PDT 2 January 2023

The Royal Cape Yacht Club and Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro are proud to announce the arrival of the ninth entry for the iconic 2023 Cape to Rio Race. The entry, Audaz, is a 16-meter aluminum monohull designed by Finot and owned by Francisco Julio Galvão Lucchesi.

The Cape to Rio Race is a "bucket list" Ocean Race. It attracts top-level owners and crews, as well as sailors from across the spectrum of our sport, wishing to undertake an ocean passage and enjoy the cut and thrust of competitive sailing. Race preparation, navigation, risk assessment, strategy and sheer determination are integral to winning an ocean race. This applies to all competitors no matter what boat you sail.

The latest entry, Lucchesi (Julio) is a long-time sailing cruiser with vast experience of Atlantic crossings, as well as sailing to Antarctica, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and all the Brazilian coasts. He has been preparing Audaz for long distance cruising and sees the Cape2Rio 2023 as a great opportunity to sail across Atlantic one more time.

For that quest, Julio invited Decio Maia and Gustavo Lis, friends he met on the Refeno Regatta.

Maia, also an "amateur capitain" (Offshore Yachtmaster), is a Marine Biologist who has much experience on sailing, canoeing, kite surfing and paddling. He has already sailed from the Caribbean to Brazil and all the Brazil coastlines.

Lis, another "amateur capitain", works with IT, and has sailed since 1984, with Caribbean and Brazilian Coast as long cruises. Nowadays he still competes in the Hobie16 class in Brazil and with monohulls, where he achieved some national titles, representing Veleiros do Sul Yacht Club.

The Cape2Rio Race 2023 will commence 2 January 2023. Please contact and keep up to date with developments on our website and social media feeds.

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