The Cape2Rio it is the longest race between the two continents in the southern hemisphere: a 3,300-nautical mile dash from Table Bay, Cape Town (South Africa), to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Launched in 1971 to encourage South Africa sailors to attempt ocean passages and organised by the Royal Cape Yacht Club, the Cape2Rio immediately attracted huge international interest because it retraces the historic routes of legendary Portuguese navigators such as Pedro Cabral who discovered Brazil 500 years ago when attempting to sail to the Indies.
Over the decades, sailors of the calibre of Eric Tabarly and Robin Knox-Johnston have competed in the Cape2Rio.