Cape Town crew set for yacht race to Rio

Gulf News - - Africa -

Young, de­ter­mined and from parts of Cape Town known for gangs rather than yacht clubs, seven sailors will leave their home­town to­mor­row on an epic ocean race to Brazil.

The crew of the 13-me­tre Gryphon boat are com­pet­ing in the Cape2Rio race — a 5,600km ad­ven­ture across the South At­lantic to Rio de Janeiro. A to­tal of 28 yachts will take part in the race, which mixes pro­fes­sional sailors with en­thu­si­as­tic am­a­teurs on a test­ing con­ti­nent-to-con­ti­nent pas­sage.

The Gryphon team was put to­gether by the Hout Bay Youth Sail­ing De­vel­op­ment Trust — lo­cated just out­side Cape Town — as part of its work with dis­ad­van­taged young­sters.

“The sail­ing train­ing is to keep some of the kids off the street,” Theo Yon, Gryphon’s skip­per, said.

“We have kids from the dis­ad­van­tage[d] com­mu­ni­ties and then some kids who have money, so it’s a mix.

“We plan to train the guys up and get them on the high level of sail­ing [so they can] com­pare them­selves with ev­ery­one else.”

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