Cape 31

Lord Irvine Laidlaw
needs no introduction to the sailing community. There can't be many yachtsmen who have achieved so much in the dual fields of sailboat racing and motor yachting over the past 40 yrs.

Cape 31

Mark Mills
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.

Project Manager
Sales Info

Michael Giles
has project-managed leading boat building ventures. His constant drive for performance, quiet nature and team leader skills has made him a sought after member for many projects.


Dave Hudson
is well-known for his racing feats over many years, and his administrative skills in the field of yacht racing management are extensive. He is actively involved youth training and coaching.

Boat Builder

Uwe Jaspersen
specialises in the construction of high performance composite boats. His company, Carbotech,  has been nominated to build the Cape 31 at his premises in Paarden Island, Cape Town.


Nigel Clack
spent 50 odd years in the mast manufacturing industry before retiring. He brings a wealth of experience and understanding of sales and administration to the Cape 31 project.

Chairman Cape31
Class Regattas

Hylton Hale
has served on various local and off-shore racing committees. Currently he is a SA Sailing National Counsellor representing keelboat racing, and is the current Chairman of IRC South Africa.

Marketing, Comms
& Events

Ingrid Hale
has 25 years in magazine publishing, as well as marketing and communications experience in the world of sailing. She is well-positioned to handle the promotion of the Cape 31.


In association with:

KND/Sailing Performance

With 20 years experience in numerical simulation, 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. Competences from the design field with CFD and VPP expertise, to "on the water" data analysis is essential to fully understand race yacht optimisation.

SDK Structures

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.

Seascape Marine

After being approached by Mike Giles in early 2016 to discuss propulsion for the new Cape 31, Seascape Marine Services jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this exciting project. After various proposals and discussions, the descision was made to fit the Yanmar 2YM15 x SD25 sail. The 2YM15 power-to-weight ratio, relative ease of installation, compactness of the configuration as well as great fuel consumption were all contributing factors. In addition, a reverse sail drive installation (sail drive leg forward of the engine) was a non-negotiable in order to ensure the engine configuration & ancillaries did not hinder the Cape 31's performance capabilities.

Fitted with a Gori 2 blade folding propeller (approved by Yanmar) the 2YM15 reaches its rated output of 3600RPM, ensuring the vessel can handle any situation comfortably. The Gori folding props also offer the least drag when under sail and racing conditions. The 2YM15 also meets the strict EU & US emission regulations making it suitable for any foreign buyers. Serviceability of the engine is easily overcome with the fact that the 2YM15 x SD25 has "one side" serviceability, even with the compactness of space around the engine installation. All engine installations are commissioned in the factory prior to launch, to ensure the installation meets Yanmar specifications & the Cape 31 factoriy's strict requirements for the standard of quality. The Cape 31 is proving to be a very popular boat and Seascape Marine are proud to be a partner in this project.