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First Cape 31 Arrives in Ireland

6th May 2022
Skinny, innit? The first Cape 31 in Ireland looks thin and deep
Skinny, innit? The first Cape 31 in Ireland looks thin and deep

The camera does not lie, they say, but it depends on how you hold it and angle it, and which lens you use. If you see the Mark Mills-designed Cape 31 sailing, you'll reckon she's a reasonably beamy and sensible boat.

But the first to arrive in Ireland got here a day or two ago and - from one photo angle at any rate - she looks so skinny and so deep that for some harbours, draught requirement might be a problem. We'll see.

As for the Pinnochio nose, that's brought on by owners trying to tell their wives how little this stark day-sailing boat cost...

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WM Nixon

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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At A Glance – Cape 31

LOA 9.56 m
Draft 2.45m
Beam 3.1 m
IRC Rating 1.15

Yacht Builder Mills Design
Model Cape 31
Performance Level Performance Racer

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