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"Flame" is now for sale!


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get your hands on a pre-owned Cape 31!

Flame - the original Cape 31 - is being offered at the attractive price of R1.45mil excl. VAT.

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"Summer in the South” Regattas


by Ingrid Hale

2nd International Invitational Regatta

Another thrilling event!

The Cape 31’s were on display this weekend in the 2nd Cape 31 International Invitational. Three visiting teams from the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Royal Thames Yacht Club and Royal Perth Yacht Club joined the local teams on the race course.

The Cape31 fleet is growing!

The Cape31 fleet is growing!


by Michael Giles

Hull number 8, called MB, and owned by Bjorn Geiger was launched two weeks ago. Certainly great to see this boat sailing!

With the second international invitational regatta complete, interest is growing. Boats 9 through 12 will be launched from May onward.

Flame continues to be available for charter for local regattas.

2018 Mykonos Offshore Regatta

2018 Mykonos Offshore Regatta


by Ingrid Hale

The wind on the nose didn’t deter the Cape 31’s from heading up the West Coast for the annual Mykonos Offshore regatta.

Run by Royal Cape Yacht Club, “Mykonos” is the biggest offshore race in Africa in numbers. Close on 60 boats sailed from Cape Town to Club Mykonos on the West Coast, arriving well into the early hours of Saturday morning.

"Summer in the South” Regattas


Report back by Luke Scott

1st International Invitational Regatta

What an exciting event!

The seven teams participating in the regatta had near perfect conditions. The Race Officers, led by Stuart Childerley, set a variety of courses including upwind, down wind and reaching starts on day 1. Slightly longer windward/leeward courses and a short final coast race were set on day 2.

Volvo Invitational Regatta

Volvo Invitational Regatta


Report back by Dave Hudson

What better time to hold the inaugural Cape 31 Class Regatta than during the height of the Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town stopover?

The Volvo fleet has now left town but in their wake is left the excitement of our new One-Design class.

The regatta really showcased what this fast-growing fleet of Mark Mills-designed sportboats is all about.

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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