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HYS Cape 31 National Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron - Preview

by Tor Tomlinson Cheney 29 Sep 06:15 PDT 1-3 October 2022

The HYS Cape 31 National Championship kicks off tomorrow with the largest ever Cape 31 fleet to date!

The Royal Yacht Squadron team is gearing up to run the event alongside the Cape 31 Class. With 21 teams on the start line for 9 windward leeward races, it's shaping up to be an awesome three days.

The entry consists of the 17 teams from the Royal Thames Invitational earlier this month and four more entries. Michael Wilson's Shotgunn is back out along with William Edward's Sardonyx X and James Howells Gelert being helmed by Ian Southworth. Royal Yacht Squadron's own Bertie Bicket has entered Harlequin whilst he waits for his own boat to arrive.

With big conditions due the weekend will be a real test for the new teams, and probably a bit of a gift to the older teams who have had the opportunity to race more in windy conditions. Either way, with a lot of mix up within temas it will be a regatta to watch to see which team will come out on top.

Firm favourite's are Squirt and Tokoloshe, the overall leaders in the series, but both teams have new main trimmers for the weekend. Following Squirt's win last weekend they are in direct competition with Tokoloshe for the Cape 31 Race Circuit Series. The real battle will be for third in the series with five teams in contention - Katabatic, Fanatic, Jubilee, Arabella and Shotgunn.

The trophy, donated by HYS has been used by top high performance class of the year in the Solent, will be up for grabs, won by Russell Peter's last year and teams such as Niklas Zenntrom's Ran in the past. Prizes also up for grabs are the top traveling boat - there are six teams in contention for this, four Irish, one Dutch and one American. Finally there will be a prize for the top Corinthian team of which six teams are also eligible.

Racing starts at 1100 tomorrow in the Solent. Stay tuned online and social media for updates!

Regatta information at

Cape 31 UK Series: (after Round 5)

PosBoat NameOwnerSail No.Poole RegattaRORC VACRSrnYC June RegattaCowes WeekRTYC Invitational RegattaPoints
1TokolosheMichael BartholomewGBR 312X212229
2SquirtRussell PetersGBR 311X11211116
3KatabaticLance AdamsGBR 314X8483427
4FanaticJohnny CooperGBR 318X41259535
5JubileeTony DickinGBR 3110X534131136
6ArabellaNiall DowlingGBR 313X21834339
7ShotgunnMichael Wilson & Vince HayterGBR 3114X159112147
8Short EchoBarry SampsonGBR 317X6101217853
9JiraffeSimon PerryGBR 315X10711141557
10HarlequinJonnie GoodwinGBR 3113X3211052160
11NiftyRoger BowdenGBR 316X9117181661
12AntixAnthony O'LearyIRL 31282196211471
13Flying JennySandy AskewUSA 615672121217676
14SardonyxWilliam EdwardsGBR 319X71321152177
15GelertJames HowellsGBR 5R21621102179
16The BodfatherCharlie WhelanGBR 3116X21212161281
17FlurgDavid CumminsGBR3117X212121161089
18MotionsLennard Van OeverenNED21212121791
19JoltTilly HarrisonGBR 3118X21212182192
20AdrenalineDarren WrightIRL 31031212121121792
21ValkyrieDavid MaguireIRL21212121993
22AjaDan O'GradyIRL212121211397

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