Cape Racing Yachts is a boatyard, at the Cape of Good Hope.  It is staffed by enthusiastic people who love sailing and who are determined to build fast, reliable boats that will continually amaze and thrill those who sail them.

Our boats are safe, fast, easy to sail and fun.  They incorporate technology from the short-handed sailing fleets to allow owners to get on the water quickly and easily, without the hassle of assembling a large crew.


Our location allows us to provide skilled, yet inexpensive boat builders, where boats can be built and commissioned in the European winter.  A good shipping service exists between Cape Town and numerous European Ports, so it is easy to ship the boat north in time for the new sailing season.

Our current project is a new 5th generation Class 40 design commissioned from Owen Clarke Design. Two have been sold, with the first due for launching early in 2017


Andrew Thomson

A mechanical engineer with 25 years project management experience across a variety of industries. 


A passionate sailor from a young age with a keen eye on trends in international sailing. 


His role in the business is project management, costing and customer liaison 

Richard Bertie

Richard (Thirsty) Bertie has raced extensively internationally, including the Whitbread on Kings Legend and many other races.


He is a Master boat builder, with 40 years experience, having built a variety of yachts including IRC racers, cruising catamarans and luxury mega yachts, both in glass and carbon. 


His role is mould construction, production management and quality control.

John Thirlwell

John is an accomplished sailor with many ocean crossings under his belt including Cape to Rio and Mauritius Races, he is an experienced boat builder from Cape Town’s boat building industry. 


John’s talents include wood work, laminating, fairing and painting. 


He will lead the construction team with a focus on weight control and attention to detail.


Cape Racing Yachts Sailing Cape Town Manufacturing Racing Yachts

Business Unit 2

Ceilie Road, Retreat


Tel: +27 83 648 5755