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African Yacht Secures Podium Place Into Cape Town On World's Longest Ocean Race

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Invest Africa    secured a podium finish in the latest stage of  the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race by finishing in third place into Cape Town today, crossing the line at 14.49 local time (12.49UTC).

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After racing 4,000 miles from Rio de Janeiro the amateur South African crew on board Invest Africa were determined to win a podium position into Cape Town. The African team looked certain to win second place last night but lost out to Henri Lloyd just hours before crossing the finish line this afternoon.

The professional Skipper of Invest Africa , Rich Gould, said, "For me it's always been about go hard or go home.I looked at the position of the South Atlantic highs in Rio, and we decided that we were going to go as far south as we could. This put us in twelfth position for over a week, but once we were at the bottom of the high and the top of the lows, we had the wind behind us and just watched ourselves climb up the leader board. We're thrilled to have won a podium position into Cape Town, but frustrated to have lost out on second place to Henri Lloyd so close to the finish line."

Novice sailor and Invest Africa crew member, Suzie Fontannaz, 48, who studied at Cape Town University and runs her own business in Stellenbosch was thrilled to sail into her home port having never set foot on a boat prior to undertaking extensive training for her Clipper Race challenge. She said:

 "It feels incredible to be sailing into Cape Town. I had my family and friends here on the quayside waiting to greet me. It feels very special to be here and I can't wait to show the crew Cape Town." Invest Africa is also hosting the Sapinda Rainbow tag team, a group of young people in a project that's working with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. Nokalunga Nkwanya, 20, who was chosen to compete in Leg 2 to Cape Town shared her excitement on winning a podium position:

"It was tough, the watch system was hard and it was very cold. The highlight was being with my crew, I really enjoyed whipping and trimming the sails; The spinnaker is enormous and beautiful and makes the boat go fast. The experience has changed me. I am a different, much more confident, person now. I now know I can do much more with my life."

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