Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Displaying items by tag: Cape 31

The National Yacht Club's Will Byrne has swapped the bow of the Reichel-Pugh 69 Moneypenny, which he raced last month in the 2023 Sydney Hobart Race, for a Cape 31 this week at Florida's Southernmost Regatta.

The transition to the one design class appears seamless, with Byrne picking up where they left off in winning mode with the Brian Thompson skippered Black Seal crew. 

As regular Afloat readers will recall, Byrne, together with Nigel Young of Cork Harbour, raced to success last May with Thompson on his Swan 36 at the 2023 Sardinia Cup

The Southernmost Regatta allows sailors from all over the World to experience a little fun in the Florida sun and the new format of the event has kept the traditional regatta scene in January at Key West alive.

After two races sailed at Key West on Monday, the British entry lies second in a fleet of five but on the same three points as leader Pacific Yankee (Drew Freides).

Byrne is not the only National Yacht Club sailor at the 2023 Southernmost Regatta, with Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Eddie Totterdell and wife Dara, also involved in the five-day fixture.

The National Yacht Club's Dara Totterdell (right) is part of the welcome team at the 2024 Southernmost Regatta in Florida. The National Yacht Club's Dara Totterdell (right) is part of the welcome team at the 2024 Southernmost Regatta in Florida

Ed is working as a Race Officer with Chip Till, a US National Race Officer.

The regatta is using marker bots robotic buoys.

Dara is working on regatta results, using ORC and a regatta management programme known as 'Yachtscoring'.

Full results here

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

Ten teams from four different nations came together for the first official Cape 31 event of the Summer in the South Series. Nine exciting races spanned three days in Table Bay.

The Royal Cape Yacht Club took the fleet for an exhilarating first day of racing in Granger Bay, where the Austrian team Stella Maris clinched victories in races 1 and 3, while the British/South African team Tokoloshe claimed race 2. Nitro, Nemesis, and TnT also had their turn on the podium—making it a fantastic day of racing in a gentle westerly breeze

Heading into the final day of the Tip of Africa Regatta, several teams had the potential to make it to the podium due to there being alot of big discards around.

Races 7,8 and 9 took place in the Milnerton race area. With race wins from Tokoloshe and Stella Maris, Tokoloshe and TnT secured the top of the podium going into the final race.

At the start of the final race, it seemed like TnT could be coming away with the win, but Tokoloshe climbed back from deeper in the fleet to secure a second-place finish and the overall victory in the first event of the Summer in the South Series. TnT took second place, and Scorpio claimed third.

The rest of the Summer in the South Series will take place in February, with charter and new boat opportunities available

Results here

Meanwhile, the Irish fleet of five Cape 31s has been reduced by one with the sale of the Dublin Bay-based 'Blast' last month

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

The Dublin Bay Cape 31 'Blast' that went on sale at the start of the sailing season has been sold.

The ultra fast one design keelboat left Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Thursday lunchtime, November 23 by road, and according to a recent social media post, the boat has been sold. 

The 2022-built Mills Cape 31 'Blast' has been on the market since May.

Priced at €300,000, Hull #35 of the new high-speed was launched last August 2022 on Dublin Bay.

Class promoters 31 North Yachting now say they have sold almost all the secondhand Capes on the market as well as 50 brand new Cape 31s.

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

Flying Jenny emerged as the overall champion of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's September Regatta on the Solent and secured their second overall win of the Cape 31 Race Circuit. The regatta featured various weather conditions throughout the weekend, with 20 Cape 31 teams being tested in a spectacular weekend of competitive sailing during Round Five of the Circuit.

The weekend started with sunny weather and 8-12 knots of wind from the South East on Friday. During the first race, the Dutch team, Motions, won, and Simon Perry's Jiraffe secured their maiden race win of the Circuit in the second race. Flying Jenny clinched the final race of the day. The forecast was similar on Saturday, but the expected breeze did not materialise, and the race officer decided to bring the teams ashore.

20 Cape 31 teams contested Royal Southern Yacht Club's September Regatta on the Solent Photo: Rick Tomlinson20 Cape 31 teams contested Royal Southern Yacht Club's September Regatta on the Solent Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Sunday abruptly ended British Summer, as intense winds, thunderstorms, and lightning took centre stage. The race team faced the daunting task of squeezing in three races amidst the unpredictable weather, but they managed to rise to the occasion. Despite the chaotic conditions, Nick Phillip's team on Chaotic navigated masterfully, clinching victory in races one and two, while Bertie Bicket's Fargo triumphed in the day's final race.

Nick Phillip's Chaotic finished third at Royal Southern Yacht Club's Cape 31 September Regatta on the Solent Photo: Rick TomlinsonNick Phillip's Chaotic finished third at Royal Southern Yacht Club's Cape 31 September Regatta on the Solent Photo: Rick Tomlinson

Sandy Askew's Flying Jenny emerged as the overall champion of the regatta, showcasing exceptional consistency throughout the competition. They were left with a remarkable scorecard of firsts and seconds by discarding an eighth-place finish. Bartholomew's Tokoloshe completed the podium in second place and Nick Phillip's Chaotic in a well-deserved third place.

Howth's Dan O'Grady's Aja was second in the Corinthian section of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's Cape 31 September Regatta on the Solent Photo: Rick TomlinsonHowth's Dan O'Grady's Aja was second in the Corinthian section of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's Cape 31 September Regatta on the Solent Photo: Rick Tomlinson

In the Corinthian section, Lennard van Oeveren's Motions emerged victorious, closely followed by Howth's Dan O'Grady's Aja and David Cummin's Flurg.

With the conclusion of this event, all eyes are now on the exciting finale, set to take place in a few weeks at the Royal Yacht Squadron. As the discard for the overall series comes into play, several teams are in contention for the coveted title of the 31 Race Circuit's overall winner, promising an exhilarating showdown.

Results here

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

Anthony O'Leary's Antix crew from Royal Cork Yacht Club maintain their lead after five races sailed at the Cape 31 Irish Nationals at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Antix, who were the UK's top Corinthian Cape 31 crew at Royal Lymington in June, counted a win in race four followed by a third place this afternoon in the six-boat fleet that they are discarding to be two points clear going into Sunday's final races.

Howth's Dan O'Grady sailing Aja has been overtaken for second place by Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe who sits on eight points.

Racing was postponed for one hour on the penultimate day to allow strong winds to abate, a decision that proved correct as Dublin Bay yielded perfect summer sailing conditions in the afternoon.

The breeze was in a south-westerly direction at 15 knots, with some strong gusts and big wind shifts off the Blackrock shoreline to make for some exciting racing on the South Bull course.

The 2023 regatta, the ninth edition of Ireland's largest sailing event, concludes on Sunday with two final races for most classes and a great festival of sailing across the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town as four sailing clubs come together for the biennial event; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club.

Results are provisional and subject to protest.

Published in Volvo Regatta

 The O'Leary Antix crew defending their Irish crown in style after the first day of racing in tough Dublin Bay conditions at the Cape 31 Irish Nationals at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Antix, who were the UK's top Corinthian Cape 31 crew at Royal Lymington in June, are counting a 2,2,1 to be on five points and three points clear of Howth's Dan O'Grady sailing Aja.

Howth Yacht Club's Aja skippered by Dan O'Grady Photo: Michael ChesterHowth Yacht Club's Aja skippered by Dan O'Grady Photo: Michael Chester

Lying third in the six-boat fleet is Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe, the winner of the Cape 31 Class at the 2022 RORC Vice Admiral's Cup, is also on eight.

Mike Bartholomew's TokolosheMike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe Photo: Michael Chester

The strong southerly winds are expected to continue for Saturday's races before moderating for Sunday's conclusion of the biennial event.

The Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club, and Royal St. George Yacht Club are organising the ninth regatta.

Published in Volvo Regatta

The much-anticipated arrival of two of the world's top Cape 31s for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay this Thursday is underway.

Shotgunn (Michael Wilson) and Tokoloshe (Mike Bartholomew) from the Isle of Man and South Africa are being unloaded by crane this morning on the town's Carlisle Pier.

The Irish National Championship is being run in conjunction with the VDLR.  Racing will run from Thursday to Sunday, with the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosting the fleet of six.

Confirmed entries include the following boats. Tokoloshe (RSA), Shotgun (Isle of Man), Katabatic (GBR), Antix (IRL), Aja (IRL) and Valkyrie (IRL).

Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe is craned off its road trailer at Dun Laoghaire Carlisle Pier ahead of this week's Cape 31 National Championships run as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire RegattaMike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe is craned off its road trailer at Dun Laoghaire's Carlisle Pier ahead of this week's Cape 31 National Championships run as part of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta from Thursday

As Afloat reported previously, the fleet will have a mix of professional and amateur sailors, with several Olympian and World Champions declared as crew. The only fully Corinthian crews will be Aja and Valkyrie from Howth Yacht Club.

Tokoloshe afloat on Dublin Bay as her mast is stepped at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Michael ChesterTokoloshe afloat on Dublin Bay as her mast is stepped at Dun Laoghaire Harbour Photo: Michael Chester

All teams have been competing in the Solent this season with fleets of more than 25 boats on the start lines. While starts are expected to be less crowded, there will be no lack of close encounters on the racetrack in Dublin Bay as punchy winds are expected to see the fleet achieve speeds over 20 knots.

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

Anthony O’Leary’s Antix will seek to defend his Cape 31 national title when the championship is run in conjunction with the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this week on Dublin Bay.

Racing will run from Thursday to Sunday, but competitors have already begun to arrive at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, which is hosting the fleet of six.

Confirmed entries include the following boats. Tokoloshe (RSA), Shotgun (Isle of Man), Katabatic (GBR), Antix (IRL), Aja (IRL) and Valkyrie (IRL).

Last year, Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted the event in conjunction with Cork Week Regatta, with more travelling from the UK this year to compete in Dublin Bay.

The fleet will have a mix of professional and amateur sailors, with several Olympian and World Champions declared as crew. The only fully Corinthian crews will be Aja and Valkyrie from Howth Yacht Club.

All teams have been competing in the Solent this season with fleets of more than 25 boats on the start lines. While starts are expected to be less crowded, there will be no lack of close encounters on the racetrack in Dublin Bay as punchy winds are expected to see the fleet achieve speeds over 20 knots.

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

Winning four out of seven races at the Cape 31 UK National Championships, Tony Dickin's Jubilee crew lifted the trophy in style at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on the Solent.

Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary in Antix won the top Corinthian prize.

It was a completely different podium from the Cape 31s Round One at the RORC’s Vice Admiral’s Cup three weeks ago.

Tony Dickin's Jubilee crew celebrate the Cape 31 Uk National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian Roman(Above and below) Tony Dickin's Jubilee crew celebrate the Cape 31 UK National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian Roman

Tony Dickin's Jubilee crew celebrate the Cape 31 UK National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian Roman

Despite a poor opening result of 13th place in race one on Christchurch Bay, the Jubilee crew ended up on 16 points overall, giving them a two-point margin over Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe in second, with third-placed Flying Jenny (Sandy Askew) on 30 points in the 26-boat fleet.

 Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary in Antix won the top Corinthian at the Cape 31 UK Nationals prize Photo: Ian RomanRoyal Cork's Anthony O'Leary in Antix won the top Corinthian at the Cape 31 UK Nationals prize Photo: Ian Roman

Royal Irish's Niall Dowling is Top Irish

As Afloat reported, five Irish boats competed with Royal Irish's Arabella (Niall Dowling) in tenth place in the biggest outing yet for the high-performance keelboat class. O'Leary's Antix from Royal Cork finished 12th. Dan O'Grady's Howth Yacht Club crew on Aja were 14th. O'Grady's clubmates Darren Wright in Adrenaline were 24th, and David Maguire's all-amateur lineup on Valkyrie, 25th.

Racing on day one of the Cape 31 Nationals at Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian RomanRacing on day one of the Cape 31 Nationals at Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian Roman

The burgeoning fleet dealt with conditions throughout the wind range in the three-day event under Race Officer Peter Saxton, opening on Friday in a perfect 15 to 20 knots before lighter races on Saturday and Sunday.

Day One brought amazing conditions in Christchurch Bay, and the teams were excited to get out there. Three action-packed races with gusts up to 22 knots made for a perfect playground for the Cape 31s. The first race of the event was taken by Nick Phillip’s Chaotic, with the next two being picked up by Jubilee. The day was won by the Bartholomew’s Tokoloshe with a fairly consistent 6, 3, 3.

Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe were second overall at the Cape 31 UK National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian RomanMike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe were second overall at the Cape 31 UK National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian Roman

There were some top results for Corinthian teams Motions and Bodfather on Day One. Round 1 winners Shotgunn started the day off well with a third, but a black flag in race three made the start of their regatta difficult.

Day Two was as challenging for the Race Team as it was for the competitors. There were two races, one with a moderate breeze from the southeast and one in light conditions from the south. Jubilee continued their streak with a bullet in the first race, and Gelert took the second bullet of the day. Sandy Askew’s Flying Jenny continued their consistent performance to hold onto third place going into the final day. Lance Adams' second place in the final race wasn’t enough to get him onto the podium but he was pleased to take fourth in a fleet of this size. Other notable performances came from Guy Gillon’s Khumbu, who podiumed in race five after leading race four for three legs of the race.

Flying Jenny (Sandy Askew) were third overall at the Cape 31 UK National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian RomanFlying Jenny (Sandy Askew) were third overall at the Cape 31 UK National Championships win at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Photo: Ian Roman

It all came down to the last race for the regatta title. Jubilee were 8 points clear but needed a good race to seal the deal. With Tokoloshe taking their first bullet of the season in the last race, Jubilee sealed the National Championship by two points. Tony Dickin, owner of Jubilee, said, “Very nerve-wracking last race, Tokoloshe had a flyer leaving us to make sure we finished within 8 points of them.

We were worried off the line but it came good for us, and we got into the top 8/9 at the top mark.” Jubilee picked up the top prizes, including the Hamble Yacht Services Trophy, a painting commissioned by the Class by Sarah Hornby. Second place was claimed by Tokoloshe and third Sandy Askew's Flying Jenny.

The Corinthian prize came down to the last race, with Anthony O’Leary’s Antix coming out on top, followed by David Cummin’s Flurg and Dan O’Grady’s Aja in second and third place, respectively, with just 6 points between first and third.

The top travelling boat award was given to Christian Schwoerer’s La Pericolosa. The team from Italy and Germany put on an impressive performance considering it was the first time racing their new boat. 

Results here

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under

The UK Cape 31 National Championship at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club is set to begin on Friday, featuring the largest fleet to date. 

The Royal Lymington team is hosting the class for the first time, and with 26 teams on the starting line, the event promises three days of exhilarating racing.

The entry list includes the 25 teams that participated in the RORC Vice Admirals Cup in May, along with a new boat from Germany, La Pericolosa.

The five Irish boats competing are: 

  • Niall Dowling's Arabella from the Royal Irish with a mix of amateur and three pro crew: Victoria Akhurst, Poppy Daniel, Tom Dawson (Pro), Anthony Haines (Pro), Randal Jackson, Sam Pearson and Mark Lees (Pro).
  • Dan O'Grady's Aja from Howth with an all-amateur crew of Jon O'Dowd, Ross McDonald, Dylan Gannon, Rory O'Sullivan, Robbie English and Paddy Good.
  • Anthony O'Leary's Antix, the Irish champion with an amateur crew and one pro, Steven Milne, plus Cliodhna Connolly, Ben Field, Tommy Murphy, David Kelly and Derek Moynan.
  • Darren Wright's Adrenaline sailing with two pros in his Howth crew:  Michael Wright, Shane Hughes (Pro), Ewan O'Keeffe, Darren Wright, Sam O’Byrne, Chris Draper (Pro), and Dave Bailey.
  • David Maguire's all amateur line up on Valkyrie is: David Doherty, Gary Cullen, Johnny Durcan, Colin Kavanagh, Graham Curran, and Simon Rattigan

The upcoming weekend poses a real challenge for the Cape 31 teams and the Race Management, as mixed weather conditions are expected, and there's the option of racing in two race areas, the Solent and Christchurch Bay.

26 Cape 31 teams will be on the starting line at the UK Nationals at Royal Lymington26 Cape 31 teams will be on the starting line at the UK Nationals at Royal Lymington Photo: James Tomlinson

The National Championship dinner will be hosted at the Royal Lymington, featuring live music and a magician for entertainment. Additionally, live music will be performed at the club on Saturday from 2030. The prize-giving ceremony will conclude the weekend, followed by a Royal Lymington Carvery.

Heading into the event, the favourites are Round 1 winners Michael Wilson's Shotgunn as well as runners-up Nick Phillips' Chaotic, and third James Howells' Gelert. Gelert being the team to watch after an impressive performance in Round 1, winning three out of six races.

The trophy, generously donated by HYS, is awarded to the top high-performance class in the Solent for the year. Previous winners include Johnny Cooper’s FANATIC and Russell Peter's Squirt. The trophy also bears the names of other renowned sailors, such as Niklas Zenstrom's Ran. In addition to the trophy, prizes will be given to the top travelling boat. Seven teams are competing for this prize, including four Irish, one Dutch, one German, and one American team. Finally, there will be a prize for the top Corinthian team, with six teams eligible for this award. Eight teams are eligible for the top Corinthian team, making it another exciting aspect to watch out for!

Racing will commence at 1100 on Friday, June 9th, following a North Sails training day on Thursday to help the teams prepare and get up to speed.

Race Info, Entrants and Results will be available here

Published in Cape 31
Tagged under
Page 1 of 5