SA crew finishes second in Cape Town leg of round-the-world yacht race

South African crew 'Dare to Lead' has just completed the second led of what's regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the longest around the planet at more than 40 000 miles (nearly 64 374 kilometers).

The 'Dare to Lead' came in second place and arrived at the port, completing the leg from Uruguay to Cape Town.

The race lasts 11 months in total and sees over 700 crew members taking part from over 40 different countries.

Nearly half of the the competitors have no previous sailing experience in the competition.

'Dare to Lead' skipper Dale Smyth says amateur crew members are taken through intensive training before the race.

Smyth grew up sailing in Fish Hoek and has spent over 20 years involved in the sport.

Crew member Nqoba Mswazi has nine years sailing experience and started a sailing school in Durban.

He competed in the 2014 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race and hopes to be lead skipper in the 2019/2020 edition.

Every leg of the race is a new dynamic.

Dale Smyth, skipper of 'Dare to Lead' team

According to Smyth, 60% of the team's crew member will participate in the entire race while 40% change with each leg.

The next leg leaves on 31 October and is headed to Australia.

Take a listen to their inspiring journey so far and the challenges of the race:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SA crew finishes second in Cape Town leg of round-the-world yacht race


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