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 – 28 December 2018 – with massive fanfare.
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.
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 km.
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 will sure be as entertaining for beachgoers and spectators as it will be a challenge for the competitors. There is no other challenge like the Aquila Safari Trans Agulhas.
Photos: Heinrich Sauer