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J/109s racing Wave Regatta at Howth. This weekend’s Wave will include the class’s Eastern Championship
When a weather forecast looks just too good to be true, usually with hindsight we’re able to say that it was. But at the moment, the forecast for Howth’s Wave Regatta (starting this Friday, June 3rd) for three days of…
Anthony O'Leary and the Antix crew from Royal Cork are competing in a 13-boat Cape 31 fleet in Cowes at RORC's Vice Admiral's Cup Regatta
If you've wondered what it's like in the wide open prairie-like spaces of the new Cape 31s' cockpits when things get hairy, "The Cork Boat in Cowes", aka the latest Antix with Anthony O'Leary doing the driving in the Solent, provides…
She may not have a lot of of accommodation, but she has all the sail area you could want - David Maguire's new Cape 31 Valkyrie in action off Howth this (Sunday) afternoon
The Mark Mills-designed Cape 31 is an uncompromising day-racing machine, but when two of them made their debut appearance off Howth this (Sunday) afternoon, their sheer style blew away any negative thoughts that if you're seeking any off-watch zizzes in…
Skinny, innit? The first Cape 31 in Ireland looks thin and deep
The camera does not lie, they say, but it depends on how you hold it and angle it, and which lens you use. If you see the Mark Mills-designed Cape 31 sailing, you'll reckon she's a reasonably beamy and sensible…
The start of a stellar career. Peter Beamish (RStGYC) racing his new Mills 31 Aztec to success in the 1996 Lambay Race at Howth
With at least four Mark Mills-designed Cape 31s making their Irish class debut at the Wave Regatta in Howth from June 3rd to 5th, we will see one very important wheel come full circle. For it was a 31ft Mark…
The bright blue Cape 31 Arabella of Ireland's Niall and Olivia Dowling
The bright blue Cape 31 Arabella of Ireland's Niall and Olivia Dowling won CSA-2 in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta in the Caribbean in March.  The Royal Irish Yacht Club's Dowling who owns the boat with his wife Olivia enthused…
Already named and logoed and ready to make a splash in Howth, the green hull of the Cape 31 Valkyrie is prepared to be shipped from South Africa
It looks like the four brand new Irish Cape 31s will be landing on Irish shores pretty soon if the latest photos posted to social media are anything to go by. This weekend's photos from the Facebook account of Cape…
On a wing and a prayer - A screenshot from a video showing an airborne Cape 31 on foils in South Africa
It looks like the modern Cape 31 just got faster! The latest vids from South Africa show the new speedster fitted with foils and steamin'... Wicklow designer Mark Mills always said his new marque was designed 'without compromise', so it seems…
The Cape 31 Vulcan crew enjoying Wednesday Night Racing in Cape Town. See video below
The Mark Mills-designed Cape 31s have been stretching their limbs and muscles at the Royal Cape Yacht Cub in South Africa for long enough now to attract much interest elsewhere, and by next year they’ll be coming to a club…
A Cape 31 at speed on the Solent
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has confirmed that two Irish Cape 31s which are currently in build, one from Cork and one from Dublin, have now entered Volvo Cork Week 2022. The entry form and advance notice of regatta are…
On yer ear - Some of the Cape 31 were knocked over in gale-force winds
October had a sting its tail and the only real breeze of the month knocked over some of the fleet of Cape 31s in the Hamble, on the UK south coast. The fledgeling carbon fleet – that stole the show…
The new Cape 31 one designs are coming to Ireland in 2022
With the news that up to four of the new Cape 31 one designs are heading for Irish waters in 2022, there are now reports that Dun Laoghaire is joining Howth and Cork Harbour in the Cape race, with the latest news…
The Cape 31 North Star 2 was an IRC winner in St Tropez
The first Cape 31 in France, Peter Dubens’ North Star 2 set an unbeatable pace by dominating their 27-boat IRC D class with a scoresheet of 3,1,1,1,1 in perfect St Tropez conditions at Frances most significant IRC event, Les Voiles…
With up to four Cape 31s heading to Cork Harbour and Howth, the South African inspired racer from the drawing board of Mark Mills looks set to be part of the Irish one design scene in 2022. Boasting high-performance features such as…
A Cape 31 at speed on the Solent
Could it be that the newest Irish one-design keelboat class will be another Irish design? The news that Irish sportsboat exponents here have ordered up to five Cape 31 One Designs for next season has echoes of what happened almost…
The Cape 31 had five different daily winners over the first five days
The County Wicklow designed Cape 31 by Mark Mills to announce its arrival in the big time with the UK Class start at Cowes Week 2021. The Cape 31 stole a lot of the limelight with some enthusiastic reporting from…

At A Glance – Cape 31

LOA 9.56 m
Draft 2.45m
Beam 3.1 m
IRC Rating 1.15

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