The first MAT1220 is nearing completion at the MAT Yachts facility in Izmir. The first customer and his team recently visited the yard to see progress and finalise the deck layout details to suit their teams needs. With 3 boats sold already the MAT 1220 has created a lot of interest under both IRC and ORC, partly because of its versatility with fin and bulb keel options, and fat head and pin head main options opening up a range of rating solutions to help optimise for any rule or venue.
The first Cape 31 in France, Peter Dubens’ North Star 2 set an unbeatable pace by dominating their 27-boat IRC D class with a scoresheet of 3,1,1,1,1 in perfect St Tropez conditions at Frances most significant IRC event, Les Voiles de St. Tropez. As a result they were awarded the IRC Sword for outstanding IRC performance amongst all 140 competitors in the modern fleet.
North sailmaker Sam Richmond who was sailing on board said, “Fast, fun racing – big smiles all round. We had a bit of luck with courses and conditions but sailed very cleanly against some super competitive IRC boats.” North Star 2’s owner Peter Dubens who controls the North Technology Group of companies including North Sails and Southern Spars brought his Cape 31 to France just to race at Les Voiles, before joining Cape 31 One Design events around the world.
|The Alexela ORC World Championship 2021 held in Tallinn, Estonia in August was decided in the final inshore race in 15-20 knots of wind, a win awarding the overall Class A world title to Michael Berghorn’s Mills 45 HALBTROCKEN 4.5 from Germany. “This team was really solid this week,” said Berghorn. “We worked hard, tried to minimize mistakes, and today especially learned to sail this boat fast downwind. We have a mostly amateur team, so it is especially gratifying to have the hard work everyone has put in rewarded with Gold medals.”
The offshore-oriented Halbtrocken was originally launched as “Concubine“ in Australia. She was shipped to Germany ready to race in 2020 with the Halbtrocken Sailing Team, but with the season cut short by a global pandemic, plans were put in place for the 2021 season with the ORC Worlds at the forefront.