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#MonacoYachtShow – This is a special year for the Monaco Yacht Show as the prestigious event celebrates its 25th anniversary.  The 2015 show, likewise of the previous quarter century is host to the world’s most exclusive gathering of extraordinary large superyachts, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The principality on the Côte d'Azur is the place to be seen and according to the show’s marketing is where the ‘House of Fine Yachting’ is on full display. Motoryachts lengths range from a modest 30m and up to the superyachts league of 80m. In addition to sailing yachts that are impressive with exhibitors of up to 56m. The four-day show that began mid-week concludes tomorrow, Saturday 26 September.

Around 500 exhibitors are nestled in Monte Carlo’s harbour of the Port Hercules, where world leading luxury yachting companies, among them the trendiest superyacht builders, yacht designers, luxury manufacturers are gathered. In addition the most important brokerage houses. All this against the backdrop of the azur seas of the Mediterranean.

The show has the privilege of benefiting from the recognition and the support of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Earlier this year, Afloat.ie reported a reception held in the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM), where Prince Albert marked the occasion of the twinning of YCM and the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Last year, the motoryacht, M.Y. Katrion of almost 40m visited several Irish ports. Among them Cork City Marina which accommodated the impressive 10-guest, Feadship built vessel.

After her summer visit, the 401 tonnes Katrion returned to sunnier climes as she made an appearance as an exhibitor at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show.

Published in Marine Trade

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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