Yacht race fans also get parties

2016-12-13 06:01

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The second annual Maserati Cape Town Race Week will be taking place from Thursday at the V&A Waterfront. This premier yachting regatta acts as a prelude to the Cape2Rio Yacht Race and in its second year has already become a prestigious event for sailors from South Africa and around the world.

Cape Town plays host to a number of big sailing events, including the Volvo Ocean Race, Clipper Round the World Race, Global Ocean Race and World Cruising ARC Rally.

Cape Town Race Week adds to these iconic events by showcasing what the Mother City has to offer at a time of year when the city is packed with local and foreign visitors.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the city’s global sailing heritage and combine it with the many accolades Cape Town enjoys as a favourite city the world over, creating an event of global stature with its roots firmly in the Mother City,” says Cape Town Race Week event director Simon Borchert.

“It’s a chance to show the other side of sailing – the fun side – and open up a sport and pastime that remains mysterious to many. We aim to show the city and its visitors how easy it is to enjoy the sport, and to highlight the many upsides of the sailing lifestyle – healthy competition, beautiful venues and parties that live on in the memory.”

The racing will include five divisions, with one race being held daily.

On Tuesday, a middle distance in-port race will take place that also acts as an in-port race for the Cape2Rio.

International race officer Stuart Childerley has been working hard with the Royal Cape Yacht Club to put together the format of the racing.

“Racing will take place in Table Bay and nearby areas using a variety of buoys and features in the area,” says Childerley.

“For the competitive racing divisions we will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the overall performance of a boat and its crew, whilst sailing all angles of the wind.

“For the cruiser divisions we intend to provide a slightly more relaxed type of racing, ensuring everyone has fun whilst afloat. Downwind and reaching starts may be used.”

 For more information visit www.capetownraceweek.com.

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