The Alexforbes ArchAngel crew finished the race in 3rd place on 27 January 2023










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change lives

Alexforbes was proud to sponsor the Alexforbes ArchAngel crew which took part in the 2023 Cape2Rio Yacht Race. The team comprised of members from the Royal Cape Yacht Club (RCYC) Sailing Academy and took to the seas in early 2023 to participate in one of the most iconic global yacht races across the Atlantic Ocean.

About the Royal Cape Yacht Club Sailing Academy

The RCYC Sailing Academy’s purpose is to expose youth from marginalised communities to the sport of sailing and to help them develop careers in the maritime industry. The Academy has touched the lives of hundreds of young people, with the 6-person crew of the Alexforbes ArchAngel acting as a symbol of hope for more to follow. The RCYC uses sailing as a means to challenge inequality, poverty and marginalisation – which aligns strongly with Alexforbes’s values.


What is the Cape2Rio Yacht Race?

The cross-Atlantic yacht race has a rich heritage, first taking place in 1971. It is the premier continent-to-continent race in the Southern Hemisphere and is keenly watched by seacraft fans around the world.

In its history, various ports have been used including some outside of Brazil in neighbouring South American countries. The 2023 race will be 3300 nautical miles, starting in Table Bay, Cape Town and ending in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro.

Similar to other high-endurance races, teams are required to have completed qualifying events. The race is open to a wide variety of yachts and crew sizes, ranging from two-person teams all the way up to large 15-person teams.

The Cape2Rio is considered a true test of Seamanship – as it tests both crew competence and their ability to navigate a wide range of weather conditions.

News & updates

Follow our voyage

Well done to alexforbesofficial ArchAngel crew, Skipper Sibusiso Sizatu & only female Crew Member,  Azile Arosi for finishing the 50th #Cape2Rio yacht race⛵️They're here to share about their 3300 nautical mile ocean crossing from Cape Town to Guanabara Bay #ExpressoShow #AlexforbesArchAngel
While the young and hopeful alexforbesofficial ArchAngel team prepare for the 2023 Cape2Rio race across the South Atlantic Ocean; we thought it would be inspiring to spend a day in the life with the crew! ⛵️ 

Would you ever try something like this? Track the team race live at #alexforbesarchangel #ExpressoShow
Six young and passionate sailors will be making history by participating in the iconic Cape2Rio yacht race on the alexforbesofficial  ArchAngel. 

Visit and send the team a “Message in a Bottle” of hope & support ahead of the big race day. #alexforbesarchangel #cape2rio #ExpressoShow
Reef knots, like the one Daniel Agulhas is demonstrating here, are good for joining two ends together. Follow the #AlexforbesArchAngel crew, their preparation and ultimately their journey across the Atlantic Ocean when the Cape2Rio race starts on 2 January 2023.
“If there is no wind, there is no fun!”. Azile Arosi, a member of the Alexforbes ArchAngel crew preparing to take part in the 2023 Cape2Rio yacht race, has an inspiring story which was recently covered by News24. Her determination to overcome her fear of the ocean is one of many reasons why we think this crew are South African heroes in the making and why we are proud to be a part of their story.

Huge congratulations to the #AlexforbesArchAngel team for accomplishing an incredible feat. From Cape2Rio in 24 days, this team is an inspiration. Well done to Skipper Sibusiso Sizatu - you and your team have made South Africa proud. 

Thanks to the alexforbesofficial team and the rcycsailingacademy for inviting us on this incredible journey.
It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.
-Vito Dumas, 1900–1965, Argentine sailor

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The #AlexforbesArchAngel crew were recently interviewed on SABC 3's Expresso Morning Show. We are so proud of these heroes in the making, and we can't wait to see them embark on the 50th Cape2Rio race in 7 weeks' time.
We're proud to back the #AlexforbesArchAngel crew because they embody the South Africa spirit - no amount of hardship can hold them back. As they step out to take on the challenge of Cape2Rio, we see this as a reminder of what we can achieve as a nation when we work together. Viva Alexforbes ArchAngel, viva Mzansi!
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