Line Honours Results:
Although the sailors had enjoyed the hospitality of Punta del Este, the race was extremely taxing, and so the finish returned to Rio de Janeiro for the first time since 1976. The political clouds that had hampered the race for nearly two decades cleared the year before South Africa’s first democratic election and entries surged from 35 to 90, including 13 foreign entries.
A surprisingly large fleet of 83 yachts were on the start line on January 9th, 1993, where two locally-built maxis, Parker Pen designed by Angelo Lavranos, and Broomstick, designed by Alex Simonis, led the fleet out into the bay followed by Morning Glory – a high-tech 15.3m race machine purpose-built for the event for skipper Doctor Hasso Plattner, the future owner of the Fancourt; and Broomstick, the South African Navy’s 70-foot entry.
Broomstick and Parker Pen started strongly, but Morning Glory ran into early problems with her spinnaker. Namsea Challenger, skippered by Padda Kuttell, who had taken line honours in the previous edition of the race, was also in the running.
The three front-runners chose different courses on day two, and Parker Pen benefited most by racking up 308 miles in a day.
Morning Glory, sailing with a professional crew including an experienced weather router, signaled for the first time the growing professionalism in ocean racing that has now become commonplace. The gusting South-Easter shredded the yacht’s spinnaker within minutes of it being hoisted, but Morning Glory nevertheless went on to do the crossing in 18 days and 7 hours and 41 minutes, to take the handicap trophy.
As lighter conditions emerged two days later, 60-foot Broomstick, skippered by Hanno Teuteberg, began to move clear and managed to beat rival Parker Pen across the line by just five hours, to take line honours in a time of 15 days, 3 hours and 10 minutes, again a new record time. Her time of 15 days, three hours, and 10 minutes bettered Ondine’s race record by over two days.
Namsea Challenger was second into port and took over the race lead on handicap. Two days later, however, Morning Glory made port and took the handicap lead by a mere four hours.