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Class Ethos
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Class Ethos

The Cape 31 Class was created as a strict one-design class where the true test when racing is between sailors and not boats. The fundamental objective of the class rules is to ensure that this concept is maintained, while preserving the Cape 31’s ease of handling, reasonable cost of ownership, safety and suitability as a true all-round racing boat.

The aim of the Cape 31 Class is to run fun, competitive and affordable racing in a professional and fair way, with a friendly vibe on and off the water. All crews will be encouraged to mix and join in with regatta social events. 

The Cape 31 is a proven IRC/ORC performer and all boats will adhere to the Class Rules that have been optimised for the various rating systems. We want to build off this success under IRC/ORC with the initial goal of Cape 31's racing in 'new territories' within current established fleets and the long-term goal of Class Racing. This creates a true all-round Class that can easily switch from IRC/ORC Racing to Class Racing. All Hulls, Rigs and Appendages shall not be modified, while there are size limitations on the sails. Sails can be built by any company in any material, as long as they are IHC measured. An 'owner/amateur driver rule' is enforced as well a 3 pro sailor limit.


Cape 31 Class will be ensuring that the ethos and rules are abided by, keeping the racing fair and preventing it from becoming an arms race.

2023 Race Circuit

Cape 31 Race Circuit and Results can be found on the Cape 31 Class Management System. 

Class Association

Class Association

To ensure the longevity of the class and keep the ethos maintained, Cape 31 Class have a Class Association which all of our Owners are members of. The Class is responsible for Class Administration, Rules compliance, Measuring, Communications, Event organisation.  


The Class Association also provides for the Executive Committee.

The Ex-Com shall consist of:


  • Three owner members from the Cape 31 UK Class (plus One additional owner member for every 15 registered boats above an initial 20 UK boats)

  • One member from Mills Design

  • One member from Cape Performance Sailing

  • One member from 31 North.

  • One owner/member from country fleets with 5 or more registered boats to that country


The class shall elect a President who shall also be chairman of the Ex-Com.


The Ex-Com shall be responsible for interpreting and enforcing the rules and managing the affairs and assets of the class, this may include organising class event schedules.

To join the Class Association please visit  

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The Cape 31 UK Team


Cape 31 UK Class Management

We are passionate about creating a great racing scene on our doorstep and from our experiences successfully launching Cape 31 UK, we feel it is most beneficial to have an unbiased, professional and enthusiastic Class Team that ensures the ethos of the class is preserved, the rules are enforced and the racing is fair, fun and affordable.


Owners thoughts and opinions are of course at the fore of any Cape 31 UK discussions and very much welcomed, while we simplify the decision making process by having a small team that makes the ultimate decisions, with the best intentions for the class going forwards. Two owners will be elected by fellow UK members of the Cape 31 Class each year, to assist with Cape 31 UK decisions. 

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David Bartholomew  

Class Manager


Phone: +447780860134


Dave Swete

Class Captain

Phone: +447470686717


Tor Tomlinson

Sponsorship, Partnerships and Communications

Phone: +447540449714


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