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

Follow our voyage

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!

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
The #AlexforbesArchAngel crew have received heroes welcome upon arriving back on South African soil - and rightly so, after their tremendous feat. Skipper Sibusiso Sizatu and crew member Azile Arosi were invited onto Cape Talk, where they recalled their experience on the ocean with host, Pippa Hudson. Be sure to visit Cape Talk's website to listen to the insightful interview.
The #AlexforbesArchAngel crew recently made history in the #Cape2Rio yacht race - and achieved third place! Skipper Sibusiso Sizatu spoke with Michael Avery from Fine Music Radio to discuss the race as a whole and how the crew experienced it. Visit Fine Music Radio to listen to this inspiring interview.
It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.
-Vito Dumas, 1900–1965, Argentine sailor

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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.
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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As the finish line draws ever closer, we look forward to celebrating the #AlexforbesArchAngel completing their tremendous #Cape2Rio race. Your messages of encouragement have made a world of difference - as skipper Sibusiso Sizatu was quoted saying here.
The day is finally here - the start of the 2023 Cape2Rio race. Hamba kahle and safe travels, Sibusiso Sizatu, Daniel Agulhas and the rest of the #AlexforbesArchAngel crew. Track the crew to follow their progress during the race!
The New Year festivities were light in the #AlexforbesArchAngel camp - the crew is fully focused on the start of the Cape2Rio yacht race, which is just one day away now!
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