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OG Tawanda Chikasha (class of 2014) – Ahoy Sailor!

Tawanda Chikasha – Cape to Rio yacht race completion

In the last issue of Dragons’ Tale, we featured OG Tawanda Chikasha (class of 2014), who was about to embark on his first-ever sailing event, the famous Cape to Rio yachting race.

His team, Ciao Bella – JM BUSHA 54, was a six-man student-only team, and the crew was one of the youngest entrants in this year’s race.  They left Cape Town on 4th January at midday, sailing in the name of peace and unity in Africa.

The crew arrived, victorious, in Rio de Janeiro on 28th January finishing an incredible third out of a field of 25.  They were the first monohull to complete the approximately 3600 nautical mile journey (6670km) in 23 days and 16 hours, on Tuesday 28th January.

Fascinating but tactically-demanding, the Cape to Rio requires seamanship and weather-savvy-sailors, with it being the longest continent-to-continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere.

Acknowledgements:  www.getaway.co.za; www.iol.co.za; Monika Geggus Clark