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The World’s Toughest Inflatable Boat Race

PLETTENBERG BAY, South Africa, 28 December 2018 – Hosted along the Western Cape coastline, the world’s toughest inflatable boat race takes place over five days between Plettenberg Bay and Gordon’s Bay.

The race that separates the men from the boys, testing both machine and man, was recently renamed the Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas Challenge and kicked off this morning with massive fanfare.

pre-race briefing
Competitors gather for roll call and the pre-race briefing at the starting line of the 31st Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas Challenge. Image by Heinrich Sauer.

This 31st Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas Challenge takes place over five days and spectators are invited to cheer the competitors along the beaches between Nature’s Valley and Gordon’s bay.

As the flag dropped on day 1, the teams opened their throttles and push their engines for Stage 1 of the event that ended at Mossel Bay – with a distance of 188.5 km on water.

Teams run to their inflatable racing boats
Teams run to their inflatable racing boats as the flag drops on stage one of the five day six stage Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas Challenge. Image by Heinrich Sauer.

Known amongst the competitors as “the Cape Epic of boat races”, teams will avoid capsizing in the waves, connecting with submerged rocks and race over the shark-infested waters near Struisbaai.

Spectators are in for an action packed and supercharged show at each beach as the teams also compete in the surf for the titles of “King of the Waves”.

On 29 December 2018, stage 2 kicks off at 08h00 from Santos Beach in Mossel Bay and teams travel a distance of 86 km, ending approximately 09h30 at Stilbaai. The day thereafter, teams race from Stilbaai with a distance of 161 km, ending at Struisbaai around 10h45.

On 31 December 2018, day 4 of this challenge, the teams will participate in 2 stages, one from Struisbaai to Uilenkraalsmond, and from there to Gansbaai – travelling a total of 111 kms.

Finally, racing into the New Year, teams will face the final stage of this 5-day race on 01 January 2019, racing between Gansbaai and Gordon’s Bay with a final stage distance of 104 km. Racing over the finish line, teams would have put machine and body to the test over a total distance of 650.5 km.

The 2018/19 edition of the Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas Challenge is sure to be as entertaining for beach-goers and spectators as it will be a challenge for the competitors. There is no other challenge like the Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas.