Lymington Yacht Haven & The Royal Lymington Yacht Club hosted the Hamble Yacht Services Cape 31 National Championship this weekend. Over three days, the Cape 31 fleet raced nine close races in Christchurch Bay.


Cape 31 Update

Day 1

On the first day, with 12-20 knots from the southwest, Nick Phillips' Chaotic won the first two races, while Sandy Askew’s Flying Jenny took the third. Other podium finishers included Guy Gillon’s Khumbu, Ben Pritchard’s Akheilos, Lance Adams' Katabatic, and Julian Metherell’s Bullit. Friday ended with dock drinks, music, and an evening event at the club.

Photo (c) Cape 31 Class - Ian Roman

Cape 31 Sat

Day 2

Saturday brought a lighter breeze but brilliant sunshine—a day for the books and the photographers! With race wins for Bodfather, Akheilos, and Chaotic, the podium was graced with Mount Gay Rum, and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club brought the party to us at Lymington Yacht Haven on Saturday afternoon with drinks and pizza after racing.

Photo (c) Cape 31 Class - Ian Roman

Cape 31

Day 3

The final day brought drama, with Simon Perry’s Jiraffe, Tony Dickin’s Jubilee, and Andy Fitzgerald’s Short Echo winning races. In the final race, Chaotic and Flying Jenny were neck and neck until a protest led to both being disqualified. After discards, Flying Jenny won the championship, with Chaotic second and Khumbu Black third.

Photo (c) Cape 31 Class - Ian Roman

Twelve teams podiumed across the nine races, showing the fleet’s competitiveness. The prize-giving on Sunday featured art from Sarah Hornby and goodies from sponsors. Flying Jenny proudly raised the Hamble Yacht Services Trophy.

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Lymington Yacht Haven look forward to the class returning in 2025.

The following article was written by Tor Tomlinson for the website on 2nd July 2024

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