The Team

Lord Irvine Laidlaw

Cape 31 Founder

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 years.

Hylton Hale

Managing Director

Hylton Hale has served on various local and off-shore racing committees,
including SA Sailing. Currently he is the MD of Cape Sailboats and CEO of
Worldsport Sailing.

Uwe Jaspersen


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.

Mark Mills

Cape 31 Designer

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.

Ingrid Hale

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.

Bjorn Geiger

Class Chairman

Bjorn Geiger has served on Royal Cape Yacht Club's Sailing committee and
IRC National committee.