David Brown's radio documentary on a crossing of the South Atlantic in the first Cape to Rio Yacht Race, in 1971, was titled Slow Boat to Rio because the then 57-year-old ketch Sandefjord, in which he was a crew member-cum-reporter, came last! But the crew, which included skipper Patrick Cullen's two sons Sean and Peter, then aged 8 and 6 respectively, had a whale of a time!
SANDEFJORD AT THE YACHT BASIN IN TABLE BAY BEFORE THE RACE. THE CLUBHOUSE
THE ROYAL CAPE YACHT CLUB IS IN THE BACKGROUND. © DA-B
SIX-YEAR-OLD PETER CULLEN ON DECK © DA-B
WEIGHING ANCHOR OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC ISLAND OF ST HELENA
DAVID INTERVIEWING THE CHILDREN FOR SABC RADIO
(PHOTO BY JIMMY WATT)
NEIL MACLEOD EMERGING FROM BELOW THROUGH THE FORWARD HATCH © DA-B