The third annual Cape 31 Invitational 2020 showcased the fabulous sailing venue of Cape Town, the Royal Cape Yacht Club, and the Cape 31 Class, providing the opportunity for the Cape Town fleet to compete against foreign teams as a way to spread the word worldwide. With 10 boats on the start line Niall Dowlings’ Irish visitors Arabella started Day 1 well, with four races sailed in westerly breeze between 10 and 14 knots with a flat sea. By the end of the day however at the top Gerry Hegie and his Seascape Yanmar team led from Nitro, both on 13 points.
Saturday saw four more races sailed initially in lighter conditions, with Tony Norris on TNT Racing starting with two bullets, chased by Nitro, Seascape, and Arabella all posting strong results as the breeze filled. However the Cape Doctor arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning, leading to the final day of racing being cancelled and crowning TNT Racing champions for the second year running.
From helmsman and owner Bjorn Geiger “The max speed we recorded on that reach was 23.5 knots with wind gusts up to 46 knots. Not as fast as we have been in the past but still a healthy speed.”
Rotate around to see Table Mountain and watch the breeze build!
The Cape31 Training Regatta took place in Cape Town November 23-25, with professional coaching and drone footage provided with the assistance of TNT owner Dr. Tina Plattner. This was very beneficial for those taking part,a nd produced some fabulous footage!