Maxi-trimaran Ultim'Emotion 2
Ultim'Emotion 2 took the start of the Cape2Rio on Saturday 11th January !
After a lightning delivery of 17 days from Portimao, the team is ready to beat the record during this edition ! We're witnessing an intense & frantic race, after only 2.5 days of sailing Ultim'Emotion 2 (ex-Prince de Bretagne) is ahead of the Maserati trimaran, around 90 nautical miles away and with an average speed of 30 knots over 5 hours ! After 4 days of racing, Ultim'Emotion 2 and the Giovanni Soldini Maserati team are still shoulder to shoulder.
The crew is motivated to achieve its objectives: winning the race by breaking the record and raising awareness of the environment (ocean pollution) by joining forces with the WWF.

They did it !

The crew of the Ultim'Emotion 2 Aka LoveWater broke the world speed record for the Cape Town - Rio de Janeiro crossing by sailboat, the Cape2Rio record and finished first in the race ! ⠀
It took them 07 days, 20 hours, 24 minutes and 02 seconds to get from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro !
They lived an extraordinary human & sporting adventure and achieved a feat by beating the professional Maserati team !
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What is the Cape2Rio ?

The iconic Cape to Rio Yacht Race which was also known as the South Atlantic Yacht Race, from Cape Town to South America began nearly 49 years ago in part to encourage South African sailors to attempt ocean passages, has attracted huge international interest from the start, and has a fascinating history.

Even though it is best known as the Cape to Rio Race, the race has indeed headed mainly for Rio, but at times to other South American venues, including Punta del Este in Uruguay, and more recently Salvador. Cape Town has always been the starting point of the race since its inception.

The first race set off from Table Bay in 1971 and from the start attracted huge international interest. It is a fascinating and tactical race, demanding both seamanship and weather-savvy, being the longest continent-to-continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere.

After leaving Cape Town, participants head north-west towards the island of Ilha Trindade, and south-west from there towards South America. As they near the coast, skippers need to decide whether to take the longer route with stronger winds, or a more direct route with the chance for lighter winds.

How it started …

In 1968, The South African purpose-built yacht Voortrekker, skippered by Bruce Dalling, (died 2008) placed second over the line and first on handicap in the Observer Single-handed TransAtlantic Race sailed between Plymouth, England and Newport. His success turned him into a national hero and provided sailing in South Africa with a massive boost.

On her return to Cape Town after a season of racing in Europe, her owners, the South Africa Ocean Racing Trust, handed her over for the use of the South African Navy. It was at the handover that Vice Admiral HH Biermann suggested that South Africa should have its own ocean race, either to Australia or South America. The Springbok Ocean Racing Trust changed its name to the South African Ocean Racing Trust and immediately sprang into action. In co-operation with Clube de Rio de Janeiro, the race was organised in conjunction with the Cruising Association of South Africa (CASA) for 1971, at a date which would allow the finish to coincide with Carnival time.

Why Rio ?

South America, in particular Rio de Janeiro, was the winner as it allowed for a pleasing down-wind race, which would encourage the then quite small South African sailing community to cross an ocean, and as a letter from the mayor of Cape Town phrased it, it linked two of the world’s most beautiful sea ports.

It also, fortuitously, hearkened back to the shared history of exploration that linked the two countries, through the intrepid voyages of Diaz and Da Gama. It was ironically by accident that over 500 years ago the great navigators of Portugal made their most crucial discovery. Sailing in frail caravels in search of a sea route to the rich spices of India, a fleet led by Pedro Cabral discovered the coast of Brazil.

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