The Alexforbes ArchAngel crew finished the race in 3rd place on 27 January 2023










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Alexforbes was proud to sponsor the Alexforbes ArchAngel crew which took part in the 2023 Cape2Rio Yacht Race. The team comprised of members from the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing Academy and took to the seas in early 2023 to participate in one of the most iconic global yacht races across the Atlantic Ocean.

About the Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing Academy

The RCYC Sailing Academy’s purpose is to expose youth from marginalised communities to the sport of sailing and to help them develop careers in the maritime industry. The Academy has touched the lives of hundreds of young people, with the 6-person crew of the Alexforbes ArchAngel acting as a symbol of hope for more to follow. The RCYC uses sailing as a means to challenge inequality, poverty and marginalisation – which aligns strongly with Alexforbes’s values.


What is the Cape2Rio Yacht Race?

The cross-Atlantic yacht race has a rich heritage, first taking place in 1971. It is the premier continent-to-continent race in the Southern Hemisphere and is keenly watched by seacraft fans around the world.

In its history, various ports have been used including some outside of Brazil in neighbouring South American countries. The 2023 race will be 3300 nautical miles, starting in Table Bay, Cape Town and ending in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro.

Similar to other high-endurance races, teams are required to have completed qualifying events. The race is open to a wide variety of yachts and crew sizes, ranging from two-person teams all the way up to large 15-person teams.

The Cape2Rio is considered a true test of Seamanship – as it tests both crew competence and their ability to navigate a wide range of weather conditions.

News & updates

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It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.
-Vito Dumas, 1900–1965, Argentine sailor

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Well done to alexforbesofficial ArchAngel crew, Skipper Sibusiso Sizatu & only female Crew Member,  Azile Arosi for finishing the 50th #Cape2Rio yacht race⛵️They're here to share about their 3300 nautical mile ocean crossing from Cape Town to Guanabara Bay #ExpressoShow #AlexforbesArchAngel
Huge congratulations to the #AlexforbesArchAngel team for accomplishing an incredible feat. From Cape2Rio in 24 days, this team is an inspiration. Well done to Skipper Sibusiso Sizatu - you and your team have made South Africa proud. 

Thanks to the alexforbesofficial team and the rcycsailingacademy for inviting us on this incredible journey.
The #AlexforbesArchAngel crew were recently interviewed on SABC 3's Expresso Morning Show. We are so proud of these heroes in the making, and we can't wait to see them embark on the 50th Cape2Rio race in 7 weeks' time.
Reef knots, like the one Daniel Agulhas is demonstrating here, are good for joining two ends together. Follow the #AlexforbesArchAngel crew, their preparation and ultimately their journey across the Atlantic Ocean when the Cape2Rio race starts on 2 January 2023.
The inspirational story of the Alexforbes ArchAngel will be shared on Carte Blanche this Sunday, 07 May at 19:00 CAT. The crew will recount their experiences in the iconic Cape2Rio and what claiming a podium finish meant to them. 

Be sure to tune in!

We're proud to back the #AlexforbesArchAngel crew because they embody the South Africa spirit - no amount of hardship can hold them back. As they step out to take on the challenge of Cape2Rio, we see this as a reminder of what we can achieve as a nation when we work together. Viva Alexforbes ArchAngel, viva Mzansi!
Sailing technology has advanced considerably, but having trusted fallbacks is important too. Daniel Agulhas, First Mate on the #AlexforbesArchAngel rchAngel, explains what they use to navigate and for communications during Cape2Rio. Find out more about the Alexforbes ArchAngel: Link on bio
A figure of 8 knot is also an important knot in a sailor's arsenal to create a stop at the end of their rope. Daniel Agulhas and the rest of the #AlexforbesArchAngel crew are deep into their preparations for the Cape2Rio race in early January - but 
not too busy to teach us a bit about life at sea.
A tremendous journey, a gruelling test - and yet the Alexforbes ArchAngel crew have accomplished the goal! 
We are immensely proud to share that the #AlexforbesArchAngel finished the #Cape2Rio in a time of 24 days, 7 hours, 36 minutes and 48 seconds - arriving safely in Rio last night. 
Their final positions: 
Line Honours: 8th 
IRC: 3rd 
ORC: 2nd 
We extend our warmest congratulations to skipper Sibusiso Sizatu and each member of the crew for this immense achievement. They had the backing of a nation and our complete confidence, but it was still a challenging 3675 nautical miles which they needed to traverse. We look forward to their return to our shores so we can celebrate in person soon!
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