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


Hylton Hale has served on various local and off-shore racing committees,
including SA Sailing and Royal Cape Yacht Club. Currently he is the MD of Cape Sailboats (Cape 31 Licence Holder) and MD of Worldsport Sailing.

Bjorn Geiger

Class Chairman

Bjorn Geiger has served on Royal Cape Yacht Club's Sailing committee and
IRC National committee. His Exco includes ORC Class Chairman Luke Scott and Lipton Cup Trustee David Hudson 


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.

Cape Performance Sailing

Nominated Boat Builder


Davey James - COO

Ellian Perch






Founder Ellian Perch has over 25 years in boat building experience, ex Director and shareholder of Robertson & Caine the second largest catamaran builder in the world. Ellian also comes with yacht racing experience with his well known Team Orion campaigns. Ellian is supported by well known boat builder Stephen du Toit and Davey James is the project and marketing team leader for the Cape 31 build


Why – We have something special to offer, which is the latest generation
affordable sports boat that is targeted at the aspiring amateur sailor and is
equally respected by the hard core professional