Vuysile Jaca makes more round-the-world history

Published Fri 03 May 2024

Vuysile Jaca makes more round-the-world history

Massive congratulations to SA’s own Vuyisile Jaca who was part of the Maiden crew who, after 153 days 2 hours 16 minutes and 53 seconds of racing around the world won the McIntyre Ocean Globe Race taking first in IRC handicap rankings against a 14-strong fleet. In doing so they wrote themselves into the history books as the first ever all-women crew to win an around the world yacht race.

According to the official race website: “Virtually none of the crew had previously faced such an epic challenge and only one had sailed in the Southern Ocean before... The crew have won fans worldwide and have impressed with their dedication to spreading their message of education for all women, their consistent work ethic and their unquestionable skills on the water. They’ve faced squalls, broken watermakers forcing them to collect rainwater, blown spinnakers and unravelling Abba cassette tapes. They’ve crossed the equator twice, taking in the three Great Capes including Cape Horn and emerged victorious.

Relive the Maiden’s winning moment here

Read more about Vuyi’s story and accomplishments here