The second Cape 31 ‘Summer in the South’ regatta was a huge success, attracting teams from the UK and Australia to race against the rest of the Cape Town fleet. Won by One Ton Cup holder Peter Morton from the RORC, the event boasted a full range of conditions. The Cape 31 has proven to be an extraordinary success locally with 12 boats sold and more to come, producing a high quality One Design fleet at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. These and more superb images from Kim van Zyl can be found here: http://www.photographix.co.za/Galle…/Sports/Cape-31-Regatta/
Good video by Titch Mitchell of the Cape 31’s MB and Nemesis on the last day.
Scud ROCKED it last night. What a jol!
These boats cook at the right angles, and you feel them respond from tip to toe.
What impresses me is not the top speed – which is great nonetheless – but rather how the boat maintains pace and responds so beautifully to inputs.
We were wobbly with our kite drops and drop line, which is a recurring theme for us, and left a lot of time on the course through our own mistakes, but it was great to keep up with the Corby 49 “Nitro” and the Farr 40 “Regardless”… and to hold on for an overall class win on the night.
Course was Start, PE, BB, LM (west of WB), PE, WB, H, finish. About 12.5 miles. Wind was flukey and in the high teen range, with some gusts into the early twenties. Out to sea, it was SW, but in the corner, it was an unstable back to front SE.
We flew the A2 on the first two deep downwind legs, then switched to the A3 for the tighter reach on the last leg. The boat felt like it was exploding with joy on the last leg, after weeks of being caged in with blowout after blowout.
Crew on the night: Michael, Warwick, Imogen, Ian, Gui, Luke & Christian. 594kg.”
A superb video from talented photographer Fabio Taccola and Vismara Marine of the double-Worlds winning Vismara 62 Mills SuperNikka.
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.”