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#Tallships- The Sea Cadet's training tallship TS Royalist this morning departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour under the command of Skipper Angela Morris, following an overnight visit after setting off from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Royalist may be small with only 29m in length and on a beam of just over 6m, yet with her smart distinct black and white hull band colours she is easily recognisable wherever she visits ports and harbours throughout the UK.

Her 8-strong crew and 24 sea cadets are on a voyage bound for Oban, Scotland, with an en route call to Belfast so in order to exchange a new cadet crew.

Throughout her career Royalist has visited Irish ports and in recent years she has participated in the Tall Ship Races to include Waterford City in 2011 and also back in 2006 where the Asgard II, also a brigantine and of similar size led to both crews having shared a competitive yet equally friendly relationship.

This was to be Asgard II's final Irish Tall Ships Race before she sank off the Breton coast and in what will be her fifth year since the incident took place in September 2008.

The UK flagged brigantine however dates to decade earlier having been completed in 1971 though at this stage the flagship is nearing the end of her career with the Sea Cadets which has helped countless young people to experience sailing throughout the UK. The origins of the Sea Cadets date to 1856 where young given instructions on a naval theme.

Present-day activities of the Sea Cadets involve 14,000 young people based in 400 units throughout towns, cities and ports in the UK. The cadets are presented challenges while also developing new skills, like sailing, boating and even rock climbing. All this work is provided with the support of 9,000 volunteers.

Sea cadets age between 10-17 years old and they are divided into the following age groups- Junior cadets (10-12), Sea Cadets(12 -17) and the Royal Marines Cadets ranging between 13-17 respectively.

Royalist is nearing the end of her career and funds are required to build a slightly larger replacement with the Sea Cadets launching a new ship appeal campaign, so that future generations can continue the chance to sail at sea until the mid-21st century.

 

Published in Tall Ships

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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