The Cape 31 was conceived from the outset to be a very high performance yacht, not constrained in any way by handicap rules, to be simple but engaging to sail for the whole crew.
The concept and initial execution was created by prominent and very experienced yachtsman and owner Lord Laidlaw, who has many successes under his name over the years with the ‘HIGHLAND FLING’ series of yachts and more.
The fleet has grown well and overtaken critical mass in Cape Town and is now expanding into many other parts of the world, including the UK and the USA. These yachts are not yet racing in one-design fleets but are enjoying success in handicap racing both in ORR and IRC due to the talent and experience of designer Mark Mills to produce the fast and light hull form.
“The challenge with this hullshape for an all-around design is to balance the beam, fullness in the bow, and the chine height aft to produce the most powerful possible design offwind, without removing its upwind capabilities”.
The Cape 31 is designed with careful placement of a very aggressive chined hullform, to maximize form stability, and promote a ‘bow-up’ stable platform when sailing downwind in high winds, yet minimizing surface area for lighter winds and upwind capability. Teaming up with specialist R&D and structural engineering partners has pushed the limits of the design capability to be the most advanced, fast and simple to sail 30ft yacht designed.
FLAME is hull #1 of the class. She was very carefully constructed and has been updated over time to stay in class and identical in every way to the rest of the fleet. She has a new, unused Yanmar engine, a full sail wardrobe – that are perfect for training purposes and regatta sailing. The yacht is available at a significant price reduction to allow the new owner to invest in a full suite of sails from their preferred sailmaker, and perhaps to optimise sail areas for their local area, conditions and handicap rules.
FLAME has a one-piece mast, that is a simple operation to sleeve and split for shipping (the sleeve is already made) but will stay in one piece for the new owner to decide, and to potentially keep the slightly lighter section.
She has a new updated rudder, propeller, engine and a complete respray of the deck, and will come with a replaced seafoam covering in the heavy traffic areas. She also has an additional carbon boom (class rules are aluminum) so offers an optimised solution with the one piece rig, carbon and potential new sail plan for HP30 / ORC / IRC/ ORR racing on all corners of the globe.