News has emerged about plans to stage a brand new around-the-world yacht race for grand prix ocean racing yachts, to be called the Great Cape Race.
A provisional Notice of Race has been issued for the proposed four-stage event which would start in October 2021 in Europe and take the competing yachts around all three of the world’s great southern capes – Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Australia and the notorious Cape Horn at the tip of South America.
The organisers have appointed the appropriately-named serial round-the-world campaigner Andrew Cape as race director and say the race is aimed at ocean-going race boats in the range of 60 to 100 feet with a minimum crew of four.
Likely candidates would be the likes of the Sydney to Hobart big boat class such as the 100-footer Scallywag, as well as other private owner ocean passage yachts, as well as IMOCA 60 and VO65s.
Starting in a yet to be decided location in Europe, stops are planned in Cape Town in South Africa, Hobart in Tasmania, and South America, before returning to finish in Europe. Rather than making stopover deals with cities and building race villages, the organisers plan instead to use local yacht clubs to host the fleet.
A minimum of ten entries are required to make the race viable – a target which seems eminently achievable given the number of suitable boats in existence around the world – but the tipping point will be how many owners are inspired to take on a round-the-world challenge such as this.
More information including the Notice of Race can be found at the race website here.