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The re-run of the All Ireland Sailing Championships will take place in Kinsale and not Crosshaven on November 20th according to a press release from the Irish Sailing Association published today.

A minimum of three races must be completed for the competition to conclude and the ISA Helmsman's Trophy awarded.

The final, originally scheduled to take place in Royal Cork Yacht Club on the 26th of September, had to be abandoned due to an absence of wind.

The competition will be sailed in the ISA SailFleet J80's which are currently based in Kinsale Yacht Club. Due to the difficulty in safely sailing the fleet from Kinsale to Crosshaven the venue had to be changed, however the host club remains Royal Cork Yacht Club who are now kindly assisted by Kinsale Yacht Club.

8 teams will be competing for the ISA Helmsmans Trophy. As this competition is recognised as a new event, no previous points shall be carried forward. Each competitor begins with a blank score card.
The finalists are:
Anthony O'Leary
Ewen Barry
Garrett May
James Espey
Neil Kenefick
Niall Henry
Nicholas O'Leary
Nick Walsh

Who'll win? We're starting a readers poll on Monday. Click back to cast your vote!

Published in All Irelands

Following the abandonment of the Irish Sailing Association's All Ireland Sailing Championships in the last weekend of September the national authority is still seeking a suitable resail date.  "Currently we're in touch with the competitors. It's looking like the end of November", Racing manager Ed Alcock told Afloat.ie this week. The event was scrubbed due to lack of wind but a junior event was completed elsewhere in Cork Harbour.

A new Notice of Race (NOR) will be published for the event. Eight helmsmen, including the double winner Nicholas O'Leary will be invited in a new final consisting of five races. The eight finallists are Anthony O'Leary, Neil Kenefick, Nicholas O'Leary, Garrett May, Niall Henry, James Espey, Nick Walsh, Ewen Barry.

Published in ISA

Following the abandonment of the All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork last weekend due to lack of wind the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has yet to announce dates for the rescheduled event. An autumn date to accomodate all concerned is the objective, the association said yesterday. The eight finalists involved are; Anthony O'Leary, Neil Kenefick, Nicholas O'Leary, Garrett May, Niall Henry, James Espey, Nick Walsh and Ewen Barry.

Published in ISA

It was a very long day of sailing in very light conditions for the Juniors on the second and final day of the All Ireland Junior Championship writes Claire Bateman. PRO Richard Leonard raced the fleet on the Curlane Bank in Cork harbour and was very fortunate to be able to get in three races in extremely difficult conditions.

The final result saw Philip Doran of Courtown Harbour SC taking first place with Rory Lynch of of Blessington Sailing Club second and Ross Vaughan of
Royal North of Ireland YC third.

In the Girls Fleet Sophie Murphy of Quoile YC took first place with Emma Geary of RCYC second and Katherine Geoghegan of Dungarvan Harbour SC third.

Photos of the Junior All Ireland Prizegiving and competition by Bob Bateman HERE.

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Published in ISA

Lack of wind in Cork harbour forced the abandonment of the All Ireland sailing championships this afternoon. Although each flight had been able to sail two rounds since the competition began on Friday the invited class champions had a long wait for wind before Royal Cork organisers scrubbed the event at 4p m today. The Irish Sailing association say the event will be rescheduled. Discussion on the forum HERE.

Published in ISA

As a high pressure sits over Ireland the big question at tonight's Royal Cork celebration dinner for the All Ireland championships is what wind will there be for tomorrow's final?

After a second day of heats and with some racing postponed with light winds it is clear defending champion Nicholas O'Leary will be going through to tomorrow's final and a chance of a record breaking hat trick of wins in the event.

Just four knots of breeze showed for the first gun of the J80 fleet and although the sun was up the north east breeze kept shifting.

PRO for the J80 fleet, David O’Brien, got in two races for Flight 2. The third race was postponed and the race area was moved to the outer harbour at Ringabella Bay and Race 1 of Flight 3 was completed with a shortened course.

An attempt at a second race was abandoned when the wind shifted more into the west.  However, on the second attempt having changed the course, a second race was completed in this Flight.

Pictures from Bob Bateman on the gallery HERE

Provisional results from Flight 3, Race 2

Boat   Helm                      Race 2

5         Neil Kenefick           1

4         Flor O'Driscoll          2

3         Anthony O'Leary      3

6         James Espey          4

2         Sean Craig              5

1         Laurence Hanley      6

8         Andrew Creighton     7

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Provisional results from Flight 3, Race 1

Boat   Helm                      Race 1

6         James Espey          1

3         Anthony O'Leary      2

5         Neil Kenefick           3

2         Sean Craig              4

1         Laurence Hanley      5

4         Flor O'Driscoll          6

8         Andrew Creighton     7

Due to light winds Race 3 from Flight 2 has been postponed.

Provisional Results from Flight 2, Race 1 & 2

Boat Helm Race 1 Race 2 Race 3

1 Nicholas O'Leary 123

8 Ewen Barry 235

6 Noel Butler 617

3 Daire O'Reilly 358

4 Jim Dempsey 448

2 Gordon Patterson 5712

5 Ben Duncan 7613

Published in ISA
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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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