North clients had great results during Sail Racing Palma Vela, winning six divisions overall and sweeping the podium in ORC 1. Palma is known as one of the best places to sail, and even better places to race, making this event a productive training session ahead of the ORC World Championships later this summer.
Arobas2 came out hot, winning five races, giving them the overall win in ORC 0. “This has been such a good regatta, commented boat owner Gerard Logel. “Our boat is versatile, and we are too.” In Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 1 class, tactician Afonso Domingos helped guide owner Pit Finnis on his Swan 42 CS Dralion to the number one spot. “It was not easy racing in a mixed fleet ORC class, as some boats are higher and faster than you. The team sailed well, and the conditions were great. It has been a great regatta,” said Afonso.
North Sails has a wealth of knowledge in the Swan 42 class, with many experts worldwide that can help clients with any sail and tuning needs. North Sails expert Jesper Feldt joined Alfonso as mainsail trimmer on Dralion, while Palma based Marc Patino served as tactician on second place Pez de Abril. Jesper who has been racing Swan 42’s for the last seven years describes how the team’s onboard knowledge helped their team find success. “Our experts know a lot about the boat, how it should be set up and tuned, allowing him to focus on driving and boat speed,” Feldt explained. “The team, our 3Di sails, and conditions in Palma lived up to our expectations; winning our class was the best part.”
Patino, whose team finished just one and a half points behind Dralion also had positive feedback on Pez de Abril’s overall performance. “Our teamwork work was great, and we had a nice week of sailing. There were a variety of conditions over the course of the regatta and our 3Di jibs were a major contributor to our speed and ability to point upwind. Our headsail kept us fast through the pressure variations.”
In ORC 3, Antonio Guasch’s Vertigo Dos Texia, a Salona 37, scored four bullets out of five races, comfortably staying ahead of their competition. Scott Beattie’s J/97 E Just The Job in ORC 4 was not only consistent, but kept their score count low. With four bullets there was no need to participate in the last race, so they won the race to the dock. Client Maria Campins’ Modified First 30.5 Tres Mares took third, just four points out of second. Otto Pohlmann on Meerblick took first in the Dragon fleet, and J/80 Atila with Miquel Pujadus won their division.
“Our experts know a lot about the boat. The team, our 3Di sails, and conditions in Palma lived up to our expectations; winning our class was the best part.”
The TP52 fleet of ten had their warm-up event of the season, just prior to the Super Series kick-off later this month. Gauging from this trial event, the competition is as tight as ever. Only three points separated fourth and fifth, and second place tied. Santiago Lange, the strategist on Azzura, commented about the racing over the course of the event, and what that meant for his team going forward into the TP52 season; “We are a little bit rusty. It is tough to know where we are when you look at the start of the Super Series because it feels like everyone is going at the same speed. No one is slower, and no one is faster, so it comes down to racing well. We need to be smart and try to sail better every day.” After a year hiatus, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec has rejoined the fleet with a new hull and talented crew additions. This first event for the team was a great shakedown, and we look forward to seeing them back in action.
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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.