Doyle-powered NORHI wins 2023 Cape 2 Rio Race

Congratulations to Doyle-powered Balance 526 NORHI, who has won the 2023 Cape 2 Rio race both on line and in the multihull division.

Doyle Sails Palma expert and crew member Scott Zebny who was onboard Norhi commented, “It was a pleasure to be part of this adventure with Norhi and Larry and the rest of the crew, a slightly longer trip than initially expected, but no less enjoyable! I was incredibly impressed with the Balance 526; the comfort and performance  were impressive for a boat this size and coupled with a superior Doyle inventory, it made a formidable duo.”

All the Cape to Rio 2023 competitors leave Cape Town and start on thier way to Rio de Janeiro

Facing stiff competition during the 3,300 nautical mile race, Norhi held the lead for most of the race against veteran Brazilian racer Johan “Hans” Hutzler, skippering his race-ready Outremer 51 catamaran, Aventureiro 4. This is the first Balance Catamaran to enter this gruelling ocean race – the longest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Recently launched in October, Balance 526 NORHI arrived in Cape Town ahead of the annual Cape to Rio Race 2023. With the Hall mast arriving via ship from Holland in mid December the crew were busy getting the yacht race ready. After just a four-hour sea trial with the new Doyle Sails inventory they left for their required 500 nautical mile qualifier which they completed successfully in 30 – 45 knots.

Owners Larry and Norhi Folsom commented, “Our Balance 526 was built in Saint Francis, SA, and the timing of her completion (October) fits with when we intended to sail to the US. A slight detour to Brazil, in the name of adventure, made for a more exciting crossing.”

Norhi has nine crew; four are family – Larry, as skipper, his wife Norhi and their two kids, Dylan (15) and Alexa (12). Campbell Field as Navigator, and Warwick “Waza” Kerr as bowman. Doyle Sails Palma, director and good friend of Larry and Norhi, Scott Zebny, fills the position of Tactician, and rounding off the crew is Catherine Fryer, an extremely experienced sailor, and Warren Russell from Balance Yachts. 

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