Scout returns from adventure

Max Elsworth of 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop.

It is almost time to see intrepid scout Max Elsworth, of the 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop, return home from his participation in the 2020 Cape to Rio Yacht Race.

Max was aboard the JML Rotary Scout that left South African shores on Saturday January 4.

This group of six scouts and two adult leaders is the youngest crew ever to attempt the Cape to Rio Yacht Race.

The youngest scout is 15 and the leaders are 21.

The troop will have spent a week in Rio ahead of their homecoming flight.

The scouts received various sponsorships towards their vessel, equipment and food, and this is the fourth time the Rotary Scout is doing the trans Atlantic race with the first time being about 20 years ago.

Matthew Bell, also of 2nd Fish Hoek, participated in the 2017 race.

A daily blog was created and forwarded to two WhatsApp groups to share this exhilarating and life-changing sea journey of the eight adventurous scouts.

Tales of unbelievable sunrises and sunsets, dolphins swimming on the bow wave, breaching whales and fine catches of dorado and long-fin tuna, a torn spinnaker in the dead of the night (swiftly resolved) together with winds blowing at 15 to 20 knots and the baking of fresh bread on board, were shared with eager readers back home.

In July last year Max and Michael Uphill, also of 2nd Fish Hoek, attended the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, America.

In December, 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop had a summer adventure camp on a game reserve in Kimberley.

Any boys keen to take on the scouting challenge are welcome to contact Falcon at 082 851 2673 or

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