Two South Africans hope to make their participation in the Cape 2 Rio yacht race count for more than just boasting rights – they hope to save the planet….

On New Year’s Day, adventurer Braam Malherbe and Clyde Barendse started the race, which spans from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, and takes close to three months to complete.

“The purpose and significance behind the row is very important: we are developing an App called the DOT Challenge app,” said Malherbe in a statement. DOT stands for Do One Thing.

“We all need to ‘pull together’ and, if each one of us can just Do One Thing for the planet, we can ensure a sustainable future,” Malherbe explains.

The rowers’ goal is that five million people will have downloaded the app by the time they arrive in Rio.

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“This can start a tipping point to save the planet”

The Cape 2 Rio yacht race is the longest continent to continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere. Known as one of the toughest yacht races in the world, the Cape 2 Rio covers a distance of 6 700 kilometres.

This seemingly immense task is not just about physical endurance and stamina. It is also going to take sheer will, tenacity and fortitude.

Malherbe’s motivation is simple. He wants to give back to mother Earth. He wants to stop the damage we are doing to our planet. And he wants as many people as possible to also help save the planet by just Doing One Thing.

Upon their return from Rio, the boat will embark on a trailer road show around South Africa for a meet and greet with Malherbe and the team to thank fans for their valuable contribution and to promote the documentary being made.

The app can be downloaded at

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