Leg 2: Brazil to South Africa
||Brazil > South Africa
||Rio > Cape Town
||26th Sep - 29th Sep 2011
||5th Oct 2011
||Around 18 days
New crews join the team for training sails near Copacabana Beach whilst supplies are gathered for the next three weeks at sea. The yachts will be steered along the long and rolling swells of the South Atlantic. Sailing with the trade winds means that the spinnaker will be put to good use.
Turning east the crews navigate towards the faraway shores of Africa. Surfing conditions bring an excitement but as the buzz resonates through the crew, it is critical to make the full use of the onboard expertise because a false turn in the strong winds can spell disaster even for the strongest of sails. Inquisitive wildlife is in abundance with albatrosses and whales commonly being spotted.
The solitude of the South Atlantic comes to an end after around 3,390 miles when the yachts come to rest in Cape Town. After 18 days at sea crews will enjoy a traditional African welcome and if they are lucky they can go on safari to sample the country and its wildlife at close quarters.
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