The first Cape 31 built entirely by Uwe Jasperson in Cape Town was launched yesterday after an extensive process building tooling and getting production underway. This is the first of 10 orders to be delivered for the South African market.
The New York Yacht Club has selected Mills Design to draw a 37’ high performance racer to form the fleet for the Club’s flagship Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in 2019. The first 20 will be owned and maintained by the Club, which looks forward to high quality fleet racing in a strict One Design class.
“To ensure the future of this great event, the Club decided to build its own fleet of raceboats. From 19 submissions from top yacht designers around the globe, we have selected a 37-footer drawn by Mark Mills. We think it’s the perfect choice to carry this regatta forward and build upon the substantial legacy established by the Swan 42.” explained Commodore Philip A. Lotz.
The Club had a vision for a high performance One Design that embraces high quality fleet racing, encourages the widest range of participation, and will keep costs managed in a way that ensures the largest uptake. “We were overwhelmed with the response to our initial request for proposals,” says NYYC Sailing Committee Chair Paul M. Zabetakis, “We feel that’s a strong indication that there’s an opportunity in sailing for the next great one-design class. While our primary goal is to create a boat that will sustain the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup well into the future, we also hope that the momentum provided by the Club’s investment will establish a class that will reinvigorate a general interest in Corinthian yachting in larger boats.”
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.