Excitement abounds as Cape 31 Invitational Regatta sets sail

Excitement abounds as Cape 31 Invitational Regatta sets sail

The stage has been set for a thrilling regatta with a total of 11 teams, including 3 international teams sailing in Cape Town waters for the first time.

Teams from Sweden, Hong Kong and the UK will battle it out against some of South Africa’s top sailing talent including Olympic sailors, world champions and Volvo Ocean Race sailors.

The Cape 31 is a one-design class boat designed by internationally renowned yacht designer, Mark Mills. The Cape 31 was first launched during the 2017 Volvo Ocean Cape Town Stopover and she  is a proudly home-grown concept and build.

To date, 12 of the locally built boats have been launched in Cape Town with a further three on order and in production, adding a substantial boost to local sailing and the economy. This will assist with showcasing the industry’s experience in boat building and the maintenance of the South African Ocean Sector, particularly in the Western Cape.

The purpose of the Cape 31 Invitational is to market and sell the Cape 31 one-design boat to international teams which should further benefit the local boat building industry.

“Our international teams have arrived and have already been out practising in anticipation for the start of the regatta today. The Cape 31’s have moored at the V&A Waterfront adding colour and interest to North Wharf,” says Hylton Hale – MD WorldSport Sailing. “We hosted the welcome function last night, which was a great success. It was wonderful to celebrate the regatta with both our local and international sailors, our sponsors and supporters, and friends of sailing. The public and media interest in the regatta and the Cape 31’s has really exceeded our expectations to date.”

Since the launch, Cape 31 builds have already injected a total of R30 million into the local economy with more than 30 direct jobs created locally. Selling more of these boats will further increase the success of the sailing economy as well as assist in creating more jobs in the boat building industry.

“The V&A Waterfront is proud to be the host venue for the C31 Invitational Regatta, as supporting and developing South Africa’s ocean economy is a significant focus area for us.” Says Donald Kau, Head: PR & Communications at the V&A Waterfront. “As custodians of one of the most recognised waterfronts in the world, we are keenly aware of the need to encourage Capetonians to reconnect with, and to enjoy their rich marine heritage. Events such as the Cape Invitational Regatta give locals a chance to view boats up close.  By interacting with the race crew visitors develop an appreciation for the diverse industries that make up our ocean economy.”

The three-day Cape 31 Invitational Regatta takes place from Friday 8 February – Sunday 10 February. The boats will be moored at North Wharf in the V&A Waterfront with the racing taking place in Table Bay.

Date:                    8 – 10 February 2018

Times:                 Friday 8 February from 12pm

Saturday 9 February & Sunday 10 February from 11am

Race Village:   North Wharf, V&A Waterfront

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