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#navy - The Irish Naval Service are not the only foreign navy so far attending the London Arms Fair as the Belgium Navy are represented with a vessel visiting the international event, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Furthermore to a previous report on Afloat at the weekend, RTE also writes today on the Defence Forces chiefs in defending the decision to send L.E. Samuel Beckett to the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair following critism from among anti-war activists. DSEI is the world's biggest arms fair where some 1,600 exhibitors are in place from 54 countries. 

L.E. Samuel Beckett costing around €70 million was built in 2014 by a British shipyard as the first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV90) class also referred as the 'Playwright' series. The same yard, Babcock Marine & Technology located in north Devon is constructing a fourth sister to be delivered in 2019 and commissioned into service as L.E. George Bernard Shaw.

As for the DSEI 2017 fair which is been held in the ExCEL Centre in London's east docklands, L.E. Samuel Beckett arrived via the nearby King George V Dock. The OPV was joined by the Belgium Navy in the form of the BNS Pollux. Last year Afloat reported on a NATO flotilla among which BNS Pollux called to Dublin Port. The vessel displacing 569 tonnes is also known as a Ready Duty Ship (RDS).

Sistership, BNS Castor also made a visit to the capital earlier this year following a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster.

In addition the naval presence at DSEI are those from the Royal Navy. They are HMS Argyll, Cattistock, Mersey,Trumpeter and Puncher.

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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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