The CAPE 31

- an innovative new concept in one design racing

Cape 31 - Progress

Cape 31 - Progress

from Carbotech, was appointed to build the Cape31 locally.

Input was gathered from those that had sailed Flame, and it was decided to make some minor changes.

Prior to construction of boat #2, the deck mould was retooled to accommodate:
1) A sliding hatch,
2) A new, simplified mainsheet pod
3) A new companion-way hatch incorporating the jib up/down control system.

This pushed back the launch schedule by 3-4 weeks. To date hulls # 2, 3 & 4 are sailing with hulls # 5 and 6 due to launch in the next weeks, and production for 7 & 8 following asap. The construction time is between 3-4 weeks per boat.

Hurricanes in the USA have caused some minor material and equipment supply issues, but plans are being made to fast-track delivery.
Second Cape 31 Launch

Second Cape 31 Launch

We recently received news that Southern Spars Cape Town will be closing down and the price of the rigs is increasing. This is unfortunate.

However, we have managed to negotiate that the next three rigs will be built at the current price.

The next three South African boat orders (ie hull 9, 10 &11), if ordered before December 2017, will be kept at the same discounted price of R1.75 mil. plus vat (excluding sails, electronics and safety items).

These boats will be due for launch in March, April & May 2018.

As before, clients can take advantage of any discounts that Noordhoek Sailboats receive in sourcing sails, electronics or safety items.
Volvo Ocean Race Invitational

Volvo Ocean Race Invitational

During the "Leg Two" stopover of the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race, the inaugural Cape 31 invitational regatta will be hosted in the VOR Race Village at the popular V&A Waterfront.

This will take place during the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd December 2017.

The regatta will be an ideal opportunity for the Cape 31 teams to check each other out and get to know their new race machines before tackling the Cape 31 circuit planned for 2018.

Racing will take place in Table Bay under the majestic Table Mountain.
2018 Race - Sailing Holiday

2018 Race - Sailing Holiday

Book now, only six boats left to charter!

Invitation to a spectacular race-sailing holiday in Cape Town.

Available Dates:
19 - 27 Jan or 16 Feb – 24 Feb
Second Cape 31 Launch

Second Cape 31 Launch

We launched the first Cape 31 off our local production line yesterday. All went very smoothly and most importantly, Steve and Rodney are over the moon with their boat.
2017 Mykonos Off-shore Regatta

2017 Mykonos Off-shore Regatta

"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..."

Lord Irvine Laidlaw

Lord Irvine  Laidlaw is actively involved in sailing locally in South Africa. He campaigns Cape Fling (R/P 52) in the Cape waters, and races a R/P 82 and a new Swan 115 in key major international regattas.

He very nearly didn't progress beyond his first experience of sailing – aboard a sailing school yacht in the English Channel during a gale. Lord Laidlaw remembers it as “rough, cold and a bit scary!” but it taught him that sailing was sufficiently demanding to be of interest, while it had the added benefit of forcing his mind off his demanding job.

A year later, he and a partner bought an unfinished Varne 27 that was languishing on wasteland near Tower Bridge in London. It took another year to get the yacht ready for launch, but in 1976 Tower Maid splashed into the Thames and was soon cruising the south coast of England. It wasn’t too long before he caught the racing bug, and the Varne 27 was followed by two fully owned Westerlys: a GK29 and GK34, the latter becoming the first of his now internationally famous series of Highland Fling yachts.

Moving to Hong Kong and then Singapore didn’t mean his racing career suffered – far from it. He competed in the 1981 Admiral’s Cup, and placed second in the 1985 One Ton Cup with his third Highland Fling. He later captained Singapore’s Admiral’s Cup team and was a member of the winning British team at Sydney’s Southern Cross event. A second visit to the Southern Cross in 1987 was less successful, but still notable: while there he married his wife, Christine. 

A move into Swans meant he could still compete and drive his own boats, and a long association with the brand began. His Swans crept upwards in size from the 14 metre Highland Fling No. 4 to the 35 metre Highland Fling No. 15 as he raced at every Swan event and most of the world’s “serious but fun” regattas. A foray into the Wally Class saw him racing a 24.4 metre Farr design, after which he built the Reichel/Pugh 82, Highland Fling No. 11 – the incredibly fast sailboat that he currently owns, along with a Reichel/Pugh IRC 52 that he keeps and races in Cape Town. He is currently building a racing version of the Spirit 52, a modern classic.

This sailing history would mark anyone as a dedicated yachtsman, however he also has a tandem history with motor yachts. By the 1990s he had started working his way through a series of motor yachts, from a modest 23 footer to a magnificent 68 metre super-yacht.

Apart from supporting many other sailing events, Lord Laidlaw is also a Board Director and one of the major contributors to Land Rover BAR, the British team currently trying to win the America’s Cup.

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