Mauritius to Durban Race
Starts 17 June 2017
1st Entry Received – Craig Millar’s ARGO fy
The Commodore of the Point Yacht Club, Craig Millar, was so enthusiastic about the race that he insisted he was the first entry. There was no ‘reserving this space’ for him as he beat everyone to the draw and submitted his entry ahead of the pack.
He’s upbeat about the race, and taking it seriously enough to be sailing his own boat across to the start. “‘ARGO fy’ is a Jarkan Lyons 38, a new boat to Millar which is currently undergoing a complete refit. I want to get to know the boat and its sailing characteristics better on the passage to Mauritius, prior to racing it home” he said.
It’s a safe plan as the boat will get a thorough test prior to the start, although the Vasco da Gama Race, often referred to as the Ocean Comrades Race, will be it’s first real test as this race from Durban to Port Elizabeth starts on 27 April.
Millar is no stranger to ocean racing as he skippered ‘Durban Clipper’ to second place overall in the Clipper Round the World Race some years ago.
He has not revealed much about his crew yet, although he is sure to have a good mix of youth and experience aboard.