The Cape 31 has kept the one-design racing spirit alive in Cape Town despite a tough lockdown. The introduction of a Summer Series and the Performance Cup has helped keep this sporty, racing boat at the top of everyone’s mind. But there has been lot happening off the water too.
Ullman Sails South Africa
Renowned environmentalist and adventurer Skip Novak will be setting sail soon. Sail + Leisure caught up with him during the planning stages of his next Southern expedition to research the effects of the 2016 volcanic eruption on Zavadovsk island and the Chinstrap penguin population.
For the first time the Lipton Challenge Cup is being sailed on the fast and fun Cape 31’s. The approved sails suppliers for this sports boat are Ullman Sails and North Sails South Africa, as part of a mandate of the Cape 31 build to make use of South African suppliers. Where previously, top-class sailors would largely rely on imported product, the two world-class Cape Town lofts are now also exporting state-of-the-art sails, taking on the best in the business. North Sails South Africa and Ullman Sails Production have not only put local sailmaking on the international map, they have also bolstered brand South Africa at a time when local boatbuilders are increasingly making their presence felt on the world stage.