With the launch of ‘Flame’ the first Cape 31 in South Africa last week, Mills Design’s latest high performance design was revealed. Conceived and brought to fruition by Cape Town resident and prominent sailor Lord Irvine Laidlaw of ‘Highland Fling’ fame, it is in production and growing as a successful new One Design class at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. Response has been very enthusiastic after she performed well in conditions ranging from light/medium to almost 30 knots a few days after her launch. More information is available at www.cape31.co.za.
Prospector the Mills 68 crossed the finish line in Montego Bay, Jamaica to correct out ahead of Mini-Maxi rival Wizard by 1 hour 20 minutes after a close fought race in idyllic conditions.
Ken Read, Prospector Strategist on the win, “It was a great race for Prospector. It’s a really good group, a bunch of old friends, a really good team. Really good boat. We worked hard I can tell you that, this boat is new to them and it was fun, but it’s bloody hard work.”
On sailing in the Pineapple Cup, “You know I’ve sailed around the world a couple of times and two of the prettiest nights I’ve ever been out on the water for were in the last two days. Bright moon, stars, just gorgeous sailing conditions. I just did an 800-mile race and I didn’t touch my foul weather gear, so it’s heaven. For people not to consider this race as part of their bucket list if you have a boat that even semi races is crazy, because this is about as good as it gets.”
The C&C30 Class at Quantum Key West Race Week 2017 enjpoyed a beautiful mix of conditions allowing four different boats to win races, althogh nobody could stop Dan Cheresh and his Extreme 2 team from a decisive victory, as featured in Steve Lapkin’s great images above, and this Quantum Sails facebook video of them in action https://www.facebook.com/84727408409/videos/10154972976913410/