XII SWS Trophy | Porto Cervo 2014

Sometimes I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?”, but as soon as I question myself, I already know the answer. The beauty of these long crossings is hard to explain; you have to live it to understand it.

Captain Fabrizio SW100 Cape Arrow

Windfall left Cape Town with 25-30 kts from South, South East, heading towards 300°. She sailed under gennaker for the first three days, also during the night, jibing frequently in order to keep the route and the wind. “Those first three days we literally flew, maintaining an amazing average of 13 kts and surfing the waves. The top speed has been 21 kts!” wrote Captain Fabrizio. She arrived in St Helena very fast, after only 5 days and 23 hours of sailing. covering almost 200 miles for a couple of days. Windfall approached the Pot au Noir, the part of the Atlantic Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ZCIT), famous for a great instability of the wind…