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..."

Michael Giles

Michael Giles has combined a BSC Construction Management degree from NMMU (then UPE) and a passion for sailing.

He grew up sailing an Optimist Dinghy on the banks of the Swartkops River, in Port Elizabeth. He cut his teeth on the 7 foot 9 inch craft tacking back and forth and learning how brutal the tides could be to progress against them.

Michael went on to represent South Africa at two Optimist National events and secure South African Sailing Colours twice in a Laser Dinghy. The highlight of his sailing career was representing South Africa as part of Team Shosholoza campaigning for the oldest sporting trophy in the the world – The Americas Cup.

In addition to competing in the Americas Cup in Valencia and a host of other high profile events around the world, he has project managed leading boat building projects in South Africa and abroad.

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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