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St Helena : WARM RECEPTION FOR GOVERNOR’S CUP YACHT RACE PARTICIPANTS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 12.01.2013 (Article Archived on 02.02.2013)

Participants in the biggest ever Governor’s Cup Yacht Race were met with a warm reception on St Helena when they arrived in the early days of January 2013.

WARM RECEPTION FOR GOVERNOR’S CUP YACHT RACE PARTICIPANTS

 

Participants in the biggest ever Governor’s Cup Yacht Race were met with a warm reception on St Helena when they arrived in the early days of January 2013.

 

With Banjo claiming Line Honours on 1 January, followed closely by other participating yachts in the days thereafter, the Governor’s Cup Yacht Race 2012 has now officially come to a close.

 

In the lead up to the Prize Giving Ceremony to be held at Donny’s bar later this afternoon - where the winning yacht will be presented with the crystal cut trophy - His Excellency Governor Capes yesterday hosted a reception at Plantation House for all those involved in this year’s race. An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the front of Plantation House to bask in the glory of a race well done and to share stories of the unique 1,750 nautical mile journey from Simon’s Town, South Africa to St Helena.

In His Excellency’s speech at the event he welcomed all visitors to the Island, congratulating all who took part and helped to arrange the race with special congratulations to the overall winners from the yacht ‘Reaction’.

 

Governor Capes said:

 

“To sail across 1700 miles of open and often unpredictable South Atlantic Ocean in a small yacht takes not just skill and determination, but a whole lot of courage too.

 

“I congratulate each one of you on your great personal achievement.”

 

Governor Capes also commented that what he values greatly with this sporting event is the way it builds and maintains close links between Jamestown and our friends in Simon’s Town and the Western Cape: - “When I visited Cape Town, Simon’s Town and the False Bay Yacht Club in late November I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome and the great interest in St Helena. The links between this island and the Cape extend back for centuries and it is excellent to see that those links are stronger than ever today.”

 

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