Video from the practice day before the Cape 31’s first One design event. Tina Plattner won the regatta by one point from Mike Hayton after nine races over two days. Feedback after the event included:
“Great first regatta. The boats were surprisingly fast in the very light airs of Sunday. All the sailors were exhausted but had a great time. ”
“Everyone sailing and spectating on boats or the shore were raving about the boats, everyone thinks they are indeed fantastic.”
The historic Canada’s Cup is being rebooted using the Mills IC 37 One Design for the NYYC. The Canada’s Cup, the Great Lakes premier match racing trophy, has been contested 24 times between USA and Canada since the first event in 1896. USA holds the edge, 13 to 11, with teams competing in a wide range of classes over that span. To celebrate the history, tradition and competitiveness of the Canada’s Cup, the Canada’s Cup Committee – chaired by Allan Megarry and Past Commodore Jamie Keating, and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) – has developed a new vision for the event beginning in 2020: a bi-annual event with three cycles to 2024 with all events being hosted at the RCYC.
The Canada’s Cup Committee has selected the NYYC Melges IC37 as the platform for this vision. Building on the success of the NYYC Invitational Cups from 2009 to 2017, New York Yacht Club (NYYC) initiated the selection of a replacement for the Swan 42 in 2016. Their selection committee settled on the Mills designed IC37, whose Class Association was developed with partner Melges. “The time had come for a strict one-design class of this size, designed and built to accommodate a wide spectrum of crew skills, targeting Corinthian sailors of the world,” said Harry Melges. “We are dedicated to enriching all areas of one-design racing, including youth, Corinthian, women, and Grand Prix style racing.” more
Dr. Tina Plattner’s new Cape 31 TNT reaching at speed off Cape Town. She mailed the projects founder Lord Laidlaw:
“We’ve now sailed 3 Wednesday nights in our boat and are loving it. She goes well in light breeze as well as a decent south easter, we yesterday hit 23 knots going downwind! At the same time the designers got it right that she is not slow upwind either. Cut a long story short, the Cape 31 is a really fun boat and thanks again for making this possible for Cape Town we will have a lot of fun with this fleet, and I really hope that some more people will decide to buy one now that they are seeing 4 or 5 of us sailing out there…”
The Cape 31 will have a Class regatta as part of the Volvo Race stopover in Cape Town in December.