Class Rules and Constitution:
The Class Rules and Class Association Constitution are currently being finalised by David Hudson. Valuable input and suggestions have been received from Cape 31 owners, as well as from the designer Mark Mills during his recent visit to Cape Town, and from Stuart Childerley, Principal Race Officer for the Cape 31 International Invitational Regattas in January and February.
The intention of the Cape 31 One-Design Class rules is to ensure that class boats are as identical as possible in construction, hull shape, weight, weight distribution, equipment, rigging and sail plan. Therefore, coring, drilling out, rebuilding, replacement of material, grinding or relocating standard equipment, fairing interior or exterior parts of hull, hull appendages or rig that improves moments of inertia, or changes the standard shapes or contours shall be prohibited.
The core of the Cape 31 Class Rules is to keep costs under control and to give the owners full inclusion into the racing circuit, therefore the “Owner Driver” rule with a limitation on Group 3 WS sailors is promulgated, in addition there will be a limitation on sails and the number of new sails per season.
"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.