Black Cat is not only a dudley dix design - a didi 38, she was build by himself as a prototype to his round chin plywood epoxy designs in his backyard back in the 90s...
and skippered by him in 2 editions of this race - he is skippering her right now again...
Didi 38 radius chine plywood sailboat
. You are right, only saw that was a Dudley Dix boat, I did not noticed that it was him skipping the boat. A very nice design considering that it is an almost 20 years old design!
Dudley Dix has just went up on my consideration: He is 69 year's old and was racing his 20 year old boat like a kid across the South Atlantic in the middle of a big storm. His boat broke the rudder, he did not called for help and is returning home. My kind of boat designer
He is making way towards Cape Town. I hope he can make it alone without help, a feat in itself, with a broken ruder on those conditions.
The coverage of the race is miserable, as I have already noticed, and not even on these circumstances they gave more information but we can see on the tracker that:
Peekay, a Benetrau 51 with mainsail problems was able to make it to Saldanha bay and is on sheltered waters.
That Fti Flyer, a not mentioned boat in trouble, another old designed 30 year old boat, a small one with 33ft ( a Charger designed by Angelo Lavranos), after an erratic course is also returning to Cape town.
That Avocet, also not mentioned, a Beneteau 45 is also returning to Cape Town.
Avanti, a Vickers 41 passagemaker designed by Dudley Dix is also coming back and seems to be heading to Saldanha bay.
Isla, the Schionning cruising cat that sent a mayday is trying to come back. He has no engine (both out of service) and a flooded engine compartment.
Jacaranda, a Vand de Stadt Madeira 44 is advancing very slowly and in an erratic way.
Do Do, the old Fortuna 37 that reported engine and steering problems seems to be sailing slowly but on a fixed course so maybe they have sorted out and repaired the steering problems. It is not clear if they are returning or not.
Ava, a Miura a 30 year old design by Herman Zimmerman is also going very slowly, not far from the Do Do. Also not clear if they are coming back or no.
The Bavaria 54 Bille, with on dead and several injured aboard, is being assisted by a South African Navy frigate.