The Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race is the longest continent-to-continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere. Sailed triennially since 1971, it has attracted entries worldwide. It was inspired by South African sailing legend Bruce Dalling, winner on handicap of the 1968 Transatlantic Single-Handed Yacht Race.
The Cape2Rio Race is a 3300 Nm Race across the South Atlantic Ocean. The start will be in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. The finish will be in the approaches of Guanabara Bay Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The race was conceived to allow South African & Brazilian sailors to take part in a Trans-Atlantic Ocean crossing. Since its inception, the race has evolved into a strong competitive event attracting famous sailors and yachts, including Icap Leopard, Morning Glory, Rambler, Broomstick and Parker Pen.
Imagine a midsummer ocean yacht race so cool, it starts in Cape Town + ends in Rio…just the vast Atlantic between!
Despite the introduction of multi-class and record-setting entries, the race, however, remains true to its roots and is open to cruising yachts and sailors.
The Cape-to-Rio Transatlantic Yacht Race celebrates 50 years since the start of the first race.