Line Honours Results:
After much persuasion and correspondence, the 2011 race was once returned to its roots to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and reverted to its name of the Cape to Rio Race with the support of the title sponsor Heineken.
Although only 17 boats gathered on the start line this time, the race kept up its exciting stature with the yacht Prodigy with Durban-based skipper Chris Frost guiding her to line honours’ victory and breaking the record, reaching the Brazilian city in 15 days 23 hours 57 minutes.
The overall winning trophy went to skipper 25-year-old Gerry Hegie on the yacht After You with a time of 17 days 12 minutes followed by The Robinson Family on Ciao Bella in 2nd Place and Xtra-Link YOLO in 3rd Skippered by Dale Kushner.
Spirit of Izivunguvugu, sailed by a young crew from the Simon’s Town school with the same name, which was in contention for a finish in the top six on handicap was unfortunately disqualified after their water maker broke had become unserviceable and they were down to 30 litres of fresh water for the remaining approximately nine days of the Atlantic crossing. After the distress was sent out by skipper Kader Williams, Race Director John Martin asked Xtra-Link Yolo to divert and assist. Cans of isotonic drink and 140 litres of water were transferred to the near-dehydrated sailors and Xtra-Link was to be granted a six-hour time consideration for their sportsmanship.
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