Sun, Wind and Wins at Australia’s Largest Offshore Keelboat Regatta
Hamilton Island Race Week just completed its second-largest event in the race’s history, and both conditions and results were a sailor’s dream. 235 boats enjoyed several days of 25+ knots, and the race committee delivered a huge variety of courses over the six-day event. Our local team of certified service experts were kept busy all week, with over 100 sails repaired during the regatta.
North clients controlled the scoreboard of this multi-class regatta, particularity in IRC where all classes were won with full North inventories. Marcus Blackmore’s TP52 Hooligan with North expert Rob Greenhalgh onboard also won boat of the week after their IRC 1 class victory.
Wild Oats X was the winner in the Gunboat Trophy for the boat who collected the most line honors during the week.
Racing within the five PHS classes was close. John and Kim Clinton’s Holy Cow won PHS Yellow. And speaking of close, Holy Cow’s new gennaker was finished the day before the regatta and hand-delivered to Hamilton Island by Australian sales manager Alby Pratt. That’s North Sails support at its best!
In the PHS pink Robert Green and the crew on Dream where the winners in a tight contest over Greg Glesson aboard Virago II with both boats using 3Di Endurance sails.
North Sails multihull expert Ben Kelly was sailing on the Extreme40 Boatworks and says Hamilton Island Race week was some of the best multihull sailing he’s seen in Australia. “We had extreme conditions that push our limits. Karl Kwok on Beau Geste showed the power of his Mod 70 and regularly hit 40 knots. The local Extreme 40 class is looking strong, and we’re hoping to see more multis on the line next year.”
Located just east of Lake Tahoe, Minden, Nevada, may seem like an unlikely spot for North Sails’ 3Di manufacturing hub, a sailing industry flagship center. However, it is true that is home to North Sails’ cutting-edge 3Di technology.
NORTH SAILS RENEWS INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPE 31 CLASS
World’s Leading Sailmaker continues its support of the Fast Growing, Owner Driver One Design Class
North Sails is proud to have worked closely with the Cape 31 Class since launching the first boat in 2017, developing the optimal sail wardrobe for One Design and IRC racing. The Cape 31 is a high-performance grand prix design, asymmetric boat designed by internationally renowned yacht designer Mark Mills. The boat has proven itself as an exhilarating one design boat that planes downwind in over 13 knots and rates well under multiple rating systems, making it attractive to many sailors.
The Cape 31 Class began racing beneath Table Mountain in Cape Town, SA but has taken the global sailing scene by storm in the last two years. With over 30 boats racing in the UK and several heading to the US, the Mediterranean, and Hong Kong, there are now worldwide class calendars forming for 2023 and beyond.
David Lenz, North Sails designer, notes;
“It’s awesome to have been involved with the Cape 31 class in the UK since the start. Picking up from the excellent work done in Cape Town, we had a great starting point for the sail designs. Since then, as with any new class, there has been tremendous progress as we work to understand what makes these boats go fast and how to use our technology, experience, and passion to produce the fastest sails in the fleet.”
David Lenz is not only a Cape 31 designer but has also been very successful racing in the class, including winning the 2022 Race Circuit overall on Russel Paters’ Squirt. Additionally, the class is filled with North Sails designers and experts, which results in theories being tested firsthand with developments and advancements being made weekly.
Commenting on the partnership, Tor Tomlinson Cheney, of Cape 31 Class, shares;
“North Sails has worked closely with the class since its inception and has been a major factor in the success of the class in the UK. Their support is invaluable, and we are pleased to extend our partnership with North Sails to an International level.”
The North Sails Cape 31 inventory is fully optimised for handicap and one design class racing and consists of one all-purpose 3Di Raw Carbon Square Top Mainsail and three 3Di Raw Helix Jibs. All 3Di sails have carbon leech battens and come ready to race. Downwind there are four spinnakers which all use a string drop system: an A1, A2, and A4 for running, plus an A3 for reaching.
As the class expands globally, North Sails is working to ensure that the best sail package can be provided to teams worldwide. Get in touch with North Sails expert Ben Saxton, Cape 31 class leader at North Sails, to learn more about the class and available sail options.