Cape Town is the preferred start/finish port for the second Antarctica Cup

The organisers of the proposed Antarctica Cup Ocean Race Series have confirmed that Cape Town is their preferred southern hemisphere start/finish port for the second of their series of ‘nation vs nation’ yacht races circumnavigating the Great White Continent. The second race is scheduled to take place in 2007. The inaugural race is currently planned to start/finish from Auckland next year.

This news follows the granting of an exclusive Country Franchise Owner License to represent South Africa in the Antarctica Cup Ocean Race Series to Boating Partners of South Africa Pty Ltd, a company involved in the South African boatbuilding industry and the sport of international ocean racing.

David Gant, Chairman of Boating Partners, said: “The Antarctica Cup Race can be described as the first real ‘World Cup of Ocean Racing’ as it comprises national teams competing against each other at the highest level and in the globe’s most hostile sailing environment with each crew member being of the same nationality as the country being represented.

Unlike most international yacht races, the Antarctica Cup gives us an opportunity to put together an all South African crew to compete in identical boats against teams from other countries. Australia, New Zealand, and Britain have already indicated their intentions to participate.”

Gant said that participation in international ocean racing and hosting starts, finishes and stopovers in South Africa, such as the Volvo and Global Challenge races, had huge positive economic impacts on the local economy and that the SA Boatbuilding Industry would be invited to compete to build the future Antarctica Cup Class Mk 02 fleet of identical high performance Maxi-Boats with an estimated value of some USD 3.5m per boat. The inaugural fleet will be built by the New Zealand and Australian boatbuilding industries.