Mile-building opportunity from Rio to Cape Town in February 2020 with visit to Tristan da Cunha

We have an opportunity for skippers or crew wanting to do some mile building on our 39’ Tosca Rotary Scout in February 2020 when she returns from Rio de Janeiro after completing the Cape to Rio race in January.

The trip will be ideal for those wanting to fulfil the miles requirements for the SAS or RYA Yachtmaster qualifications – i.e. three overnight passages of at least 100 nautical miles each as skipper: the first from Rio to Ilha Grande on the South Coast of Brazil, the second from Ilha Grande to Tristan da Cunha and the third from Tristan da Cunha to Cape Town – the actual routing being weather-permitting of course. It is also an opportunity to visit the most remote inhabited island in the word, Tristan da Cunha. The voyages to Ilha Grande and Tristan will also include some coastal sailing and anchoring which will further enhance the sailing experience for skippers towards their qualifications.

There will be a maximum of 8 crew on the vessel and the skippers and crew will all be given the opportunity to take full responsibility for the yacht as part of their trip, overseen by an experienced SAS Yacthmaster skipper. Rotary Scout has all of the necessary blue-water sailing equipment, including a yacht AIS, MOB AISs, a satellite data connection and phones, EPIRBs, life raft, emergency water maker and HF radio. The yacht has a Cat A LGSC safety rating and has just had a brand-new Deutz diesel engine installed last month. She has successfully completed the Cape to Rio crossing on three previous occasions and has also been to St Helena on four other occasions. A donation of R20 000 per crew member towards the cost of the trip will be required to participate in this voyage which will include all the required diesel, mooring fees, satellite communication costs and provisions. The provisioning will be decided on by the crew with menus agreed upon by all, as will cooking duties. The vessel also comes with game fishing equipment as historically the trip has yielded some extraordinary fishing opportunities. Flights to Rio will need to paid for individually by each crew member and TAAG has recently announced a mariner’s one-way ticket at a reasonable price. Crew wishing to use the vessel for accommodation at no additional cost in Rio may do so on a first-confirmed, first-come basis. South African and British passport holders do not require VISAs to remain in Brazil for up to 90 days and previously crew have used the return voyage as an opportunity to visit Brazil and spend some time seeing the highlights there before embarking on the voyage back to Cape Town.

For more information or to express an interest in participating in what could be an opportunity of a lifetime please contact grant@camsoft.co.za or give him a call on 082 4488012 to discuss it with him.

When responding via e-mail please identify your age, relevant qualification (e.g. SAS Day Skipper, Competent Crew etc.), sailing experience and any other relevant information, e.g. first aid skills etc.

Many thanks
Kind regards
Grant Chapman
JML Rotary Scout Skipper (SAS Yachtmaster Ocean)