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Unfavourably light winds turned the 1985 edition into a real test of fortitude for the competitors as the extremely slow-going meant many crews had to deal with depleted water and food supplies.
April 25, 2019
The 1982 race was once again held to Punta del Este, however entries increased from 36 to 48. The international sporting boycott of South Africa, protesting its apartheid policies of the time, saw to it that there were only two foreign entries in the fleet.
May 7, 2019
Rio de Janeiro pulled out as the finishing port in this edition because of opposition to apartheid and as a result, the finish of the race moved to Punta del Este in Uruguay. The new destination increased the distance of the race from 3 600 miles to 4 500 miles.
April 30, 2019
In 1976, Rio fever once again took hold as the race formed one leg of the Gauloises Triangle Race and as a result, the Cape to Rio race attracted a massive fleet of 128 boats from 19 different countries.
The 1973 edition, saw 40 yachts on the start line, including the 13.23m ketch Stormy. Her owner, Kees Bruynzeel, then 72, set off, and Stormy took both line and handicap honours in a time of 21 days and 12 hours, a fitting success to crown Bruynzeel’s long career in ocean sailing.
April 12, 2019
Sailing fever took hold of South Africa and beyond its borders. The first race attracted an amazing international entry of 69 boats, whose skippers included Robin Knox-Johnston, Eric Tabarly, Kees Bruynzeel, and Lt.Cdr. Maximo Reveiro Kelly.
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