By Ingrid Hale
The wind on the nose didn’t deter the Cape 31’s from heading up the West Coast for the annual Mykonos Offshore regatta.
Run by Royal Cape Yacht Club, “Mykonos” is the biggest offshore race in Africa in numbers. Close on 60 boats sailed from Cape Town to Club Mykonos on the West Coast, arriving well into the early hours of Saturday morning.
The regatta consists of an 80 mile race from Cape Town to Langebaan, which is broken up into 3 “races”, and a Bay race held on the Saturday. This 19 mile pursuit race is set within the Bays and islands off Langebaan and Saldanha.
The results of each leg and the Bay race are added together and a final result is calculated.
Traditionally the race from Cape Town to Langebaan has always been a downwind dash, but the past few years have seen unfavourable Northerly and SW winds. Sailing an 80 mile race into the wind is not much fun, especially for the smaller, slower boats.
Lance Burgers’ Turquoise took top spot in the Cape 31 fleet in preparation for the 2nd "Summer in the South" Cape 31 Invitational regatta which took place the next weekend in Cape Town.
The Bay race on Saturday allowed for a great dice between Flame, chartered by a team from Rome, and Turquoise (CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8.4H2O).
In addition, the team on Flame kindly donated a floating trophy for the top Cape 31 at the Mykonos Offshore regatta.