Seven Cape 31's were on the start line at the Royal Southern Yacht Club's Land Union September Regatta. Much like the most of the season this year the conditions were relatively light and shifty giving the teams a lot to contend with. Day 2 had a bit more breeze than forecast and the teams got to put the Cape through their pace's downwind.
After Day 1 Tokoloshe IV scored a 2-1-1 to top the Cape 31 leaderboard. Russell Peters Squirt scored a 1-2-3 to finish the day in second place, two points off the lead. Lance Adams' KataBatic is in third place by virtue of countback, having scored equal points with Johnny Cooper's Fanatic.
"A tricky day with the conditions just about providing some planing for the Cape 31 Class," commented Squirt's Russell Peters. "Today was as much about tactics as boat speed, the Cape 31 is tremendous fun to sail, especially when racing is as close as it was today."
Mike Bartholomew's Tokoloshe IV was the winner by three points from Russell Peters' Squirt. Johnny Cooper's Fanatic was third but only on countback from Lance Adams' Katabatic. Tokoloshe IV was competing in its first regatta with a crew all from Hamble, but the Capetonian Mike Bartholomew has been racing the Cape 31 for several years.
"Table Bay has different conditions to The Solent, in so much as there is often more sea state," commented Mike. "For this regatta, we had quite light winds and flatter sea, so a very different type of racing. My son David and all of the crew have raced the Cape 31 quite a bit, and that time on the water really gets your boat speed up."
This was the first regatta back for the Bartholomew's. Having sold their first boat to Russell Peter's (now Squirt) and giving up their build slot to get other new owners into the class Christmas came early for them in the shape of a Cape in a container and a win in their first regatta back! The class are looking forward to the next challenge in the calendar - the Autumn Series.