An action-packed regatta is on the cards for the C31 Invitational to be held at the V & A Waterfront from 8-10 Feb. A full fleet of 11 of these speedsters, including 3 international teams will be racing for the trophy. International teams from Sweden, Hong Kong and the UK have flown in to compete in this top-level racing fleet. The colorful, one-design racing class has grown in a very short space of time and has attracted much interest from far and wide. Local talent have taken to this class in a big way, developing a very competitive fleet with great comraderie.
The Invitational regatta includes impressive South African sailing talent like America’s Cup Shozoloza campaigner, Mark Sadler sailing on Team Orion from Hong Kong; David Rae on Nitro, a many-time dinghy champion; Olympic campaigner, Roger Hudson on Magic; TP52 campaigners Tina Plattner and Tony Norris on TNT Sailing; Volvo Ocean Race and TP52 sailor, Paul Willcox is sailing with the UK team Tokoloshe on Flame; Olympic campaigner Gareth Blanckenberg is on TNT Sailing; 29er World Champions Alex Burger on Magic and Benji Daniels is sailing with Team Tokoloshe on Flame; Anthony Spillebean, VOR campaigner and Fast 40 circuit racer is sailing on Team Orion.
International talent include America’s Cup sailors, Volvo Ocean Race veterans, Youth America’s Cup sailors, and seasoned Solent campaigners on the Fast 40 circuit.
Visit the race village at North Wharf (in front of the Aquarium) and join the sailors at the sailor’s terrace after the days racing . The best place to watch is from Granger Bay.
For race updates, latest info and results visit Cape31
Photographs: Ashleigh de Villiers, droneprojectsrl – Fransesco Naglia, Jeff Ayliffe