Mark Mills was named Yacht Designer of the Year, and the Cape 31 was named Asian Sailing Yacht of the Year 30’-45’, at the 2024 Asian Marine & Boating Awards held during the Shanghai International Boat Show. Collected on Mills’ behalf by Luke Greene of Enterprise Ireland, this second Designer of the Year Award for Mills is an honour reflecting our involvement over 20 years in Asian Racing. Even more exciting is the award for the Cape 31, with the fifth boat inbound to Hong Kong it ensures solid fleet racing in Asia in the worlds most exciting One Design Class is now a reality! Photo: Guy Nowell



Today was the first ever sail of our latest design, the Rapide 41. First drawn for an American client, she turned so many heads in production that she has become the first of the Rapide line of high performance retro-styled designs from Vortec Marine.



Our latest design, the retro-styled Rapide 41 is nearing a Mediterranean launch date for its US owner.  Designed to combine the high performance expected from our raceboat designs with a ‘down-east’ daysailer look and feel, the R41 is about keeping things simple and light for a relaxed sailing experience.  With enough interior for a comfortable summer weekend on the hook, but enough stability and sail area to power to Bermuda she is a modern solution for an experienced sailor looking for more than just a raceboat, but unwilling to compromise on speed.


Yachting World announced the news with an article by Toby Hodges.




Our latest design, the Cayman 28 for a Cayman Islands client to enjoy high performance racing with his mates, was launched on Hungary’s Lake Balaton by Code Yachts just in time for their largest event of the year, the Blue Ribbon.  Described by the team after successfully completing the 96 mile race on only its second ever outing as a ‘Gentleman’s Skiff’, designer Mark Mills said after the race “it was debatable whether our shake-down sail should be one of the worlds largest races, but it was beautiful.  Racing down scenic Lake Balaton in company with almost 600 starters on a single start, and finishing after a night time battle reaching with 42 footers with Code Zeros… memorable!”



The all-carbon sportsboat features extendable racks that allow the crew to produce far more righting moment than a conventional hiking position, as well as a more comfortable seating position. In daysailing mode with the racks in it becomes a simple sporty daysailer, with the flat cockpit floor running forward to the stem to produce a more secure foredeck.  With load-sharing sails by Doyle, the simple no-backstay rig is adjusted with underdeck forestay and jib tack purchases, relying on the pin-adjustable shrouds to make rig setup easy and repeatable.


More information on the Cayman 28 website .