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Grabouw meisie maak debuut as alleenvaarder

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n’ Reuse-skare word Saterdag in Saint Malo, Frankryk, verwag om te kyk hoe die Kaapse vrou Philippa Hutton-Squire saam met nog 90 jagte wegspring in die Route du Rhum-wedvaart.

Philippa , ‘n inwoner van Grabouw-distrik sê haar droom was nog altyd om so ‘n groot wedvaart as alleenvaarder aan te pak, maar dit is nie maklik om borge te vind nie.

Haar groot kans het egter nou gekom toe die eienaar van Swish, Rod Knowles, besluit het om sy seiljag aan haar beskikbaar te stel.  Dit is ‘n jag wat al onder die eeste tien in die Route du Rhum geëindig het.

Philippa se voordeel is dat sy nou al baie gewoond is aan  veertigvoet-jagte.  Swish sal nie te groot vir haar wees nie en sy behoort hom in moeilike toestande te kan hanteer.  Haar doelwit is om net die wedvaart te probeer voltooi.  Die seiljag Brunei het gister nog ‘n skrale voorsprong in die eerste skof van die Volvo-wêreldvaart gehad.

Die sewe deelnemende jagte het op 11 Oktober in Alicante, Spanje, weggespring en die wenner word nou ‘n bietjie later en eers Woensdag in die Kaap verwag.  Hulle het reeds 60% van hul roete oor 6487 see-myl voltooi.

Team Concise joins Swish for the Route du Rhum

It is no secret that despite several redesigns we have been continually plagued with steering system trouble over the last 15 months. Meanwhile Concise 8 remains out of action. Given the unresolved problems the team is sorry to announce that we will not be competing in this years Route du Rhum. We will instead, be concentrating on getting the boat back to 110% with the view to ensuring an action packed campaign next year.

Team Concise has had a boat at the start of every major transatlantic race for the last 6 years. Not wanting to disappear from sight and to ensure a presence in the Route du Rhum, we are pleased to announce that we are supporting Phillippa Hutton Squire, helping her realize a lifetime ambition. Phillippa is already a highly accomplished offshore sailor in her own right; she is the only woman in the Class 40 fleet to have raced around the world, successfully completing the Global Ocean Race. Just by entering Phillippa has entered the history books; she is the first South African to enter this iconic ocean race. With 80,000 Class 40 miles under her belt, she has sailed further that most of the other competitors in the race. Her wealth of experience and well know determination, bodes well for a solid result. Her first aim is to finish this 3,500mile iconic race, and then as she modestly puts it “We will see!”

We are looking forward to continuing to work with Phillippa next year. Concise 2 will be back after her charter and will be run alongside Concise 8, offering a great platform for two boat testing etc. Phillippa will be joined by Nikki Curwen and existing team member Annabel Vose to create the core of Concise 2’s women’s race team. Something we have been keen to promote for several years now.

Keep track of Phillippas progress via the websites below:

http://www.routedurhum.com

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