The CAPE 31
- an innovative new concept in one design racing
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2018 Race-Sailing Holiday in Cape Town
Invitation to a spectacular race-sailing holiday in Cape Town.
(19 - 27 Jan or 16 Feb – 24 Feb)
Report back by Alex Schon
"I would first of all like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for making the charter of the Cape 31 possible..."
"This is an exciting project for Mills Design.
The brief was to develop a very high performance One Design for one of the worlds most experienced racers, in one of the world’s finest sailing locations.
The Cape 31 was clearly defined from the outset as a simple clean high performance design without constraint.
Building on our experience with fast light hullforms we produced a low freeboard aggressively chined hullshape with a clean ramp deck for easy operation, deep foils, and a powerful sail plan."
Orders for the Cape 31 exceeded expectations even before the project went public confirming the vision of the project's sponsor for a fleet of yachts to support youth sailing in Cape Town and boat building in South Africa, and which could form the basis of a successful One Design class.
needs no introduction to the sailing community. There cannot be many yachtsmen who have achieved so much in the dual fields of sailboat racing and motor yachting over the past 40 yrs.
specialises in racing yacht design. Based in Ireland but active around the world, Mills Design is one of most successful design offices of recent years, and has won numerous titles and awards.
has project managed leading boat building projects. His constant drive for performance, quiet nature and team leader skills has made him a sought after member for many projects.
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With 20 years experience in numerical simulation and data analysis, and 8 years intensive development of tools and methods for America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and TP52 projects, KND-Sailing Performance strives to provide the best optimisation services for racing yachts. A unique mix of competences ranging from the design field with CFD and VPP expertise, to "on the water" data analysis is essential to fully understand race yacht optimisation.
The longstanding partnership of Steve Koopman and Dirk Kramers, SDK has engineered many top Grand Prix yachts from America’s Cup winners Oracle to Maxi 72 and TP52 champions like Alegre and Ran. Based in Rhode Island in the US, Steve Koopman combined high level composite engineering with a very simple internal structure to ensure easy construction and assembly of a very light and stiff high performance design.