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Irish Olympic helmsman Mark Mansfield picks his big (and smaller) events coming up for the Irish cruiser classes in 2020

The 2019 season is only just coming towards its end and already owners and crew are looking ahead at what is in store next year. There are still some good events to finish this season, and among them, the Autumn Leagues in Howth and Royal Cork, The final ISORA race, with the spoils still not decided, the J109 Nationals, the final summer series DBSC races and of course the very popular DBSC Turkey Shoot series.

2019 was very much a front-loaded year with Scottish Series, ICRA Nationals, Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, Sovereigns Cup and Dun Laoghaire Regatta all happening within a seven-week period, and 2020 is not looking a whole lot different.

Below you will see the dates of the bigger events for 2020.

Without a doubt the two standout big boat events next year will be the Round Ireland Race in June and in July, Royal Cork Yacht Club host their special Cork Week, on the Munster club's 300th year anniversary. More on this later.

2020 'Big Boat' events

  • Scottish Series, Tarbert - May 22nd to May 25th (Friday to Monday)
  • Wave Regatta, Howth Yacht Club - May 29th to May 31st (Friday to Sunday)
  • Round Ireland Race, Wicklow SC - Starts June 20th (Saturday)
  • RORC Morgan Cup - Cowes to Cork - Starts July 8th (Wednesday)
  • Cork Week, Royal Cork Yacht Club (300 Year Celebration) - July 13th to July 18th (Monday to Saturday)
  • Calves Week - Schul August 4th to August 7th - (Tuesday to Friday)

Other events that are building numbers are Bangor Week, commencing 25th of June and WIORA week (date not published yet). The very popular ISORA offshore series runs throughout the year and these dates are also eagerly awaited.

Here are some details of each of the larger events:

Scottish Series

Always a very happy hunting ground for Irish boats wishing to sharpen themselves up for the new season. Numbers generally have been dropping for the Scottish Series except for the very popular RC35 class where Irish Boats took all podium places this year. Class 2 in 2020 might also show some increases with the biennial Classic Half-Ton Cup in Cowes bringing the competitive Half Tonners out to play early. This year there were two half tonners—expect more in 2020. Great racing and great pub craic around the beer tent and local pubs.

RC35 ScotlandIrish Boats at 2019 Scottish series RC 35 class Photo: Marc Turner

Wave Regatta

Only a new event in 2018 and is based around the Howth Yacht Club traditional June Bank Holiday Lambay Race. Wave Regatta is held every two years and if 2018 is anything to go by, it will be very well attended in 2020. It comes just a few days after the end of Scottish Series. A variety of courses over the three days, including the very popular round Lambay race. Well organised with great onshore facilities.

Signal 8 WaveJamie Mc William's Ker 40, Signal 8 at Howth's Wave Regatta 2018 Photo: Afloat

Round Ireland Race

The big one. 704 miles from Wicklow to Wicklow, clockwise around Ireland and its islands, turning corners all the way around. It goes from strength to strength. There is a rumour of a very large, very well known Maxi looking at taking on the challenge and the record in 2020. If you only plan to do one full-length offshore race, this is the one to do. I have done five Fastnet Races and I would always pick a Round Ireland over a Fastnet.

For those boats who have competed in the last two events, there is the added bonus of the chance to win a Volvo car for the best Boat over the 2016, 2018 and 2020 races. I’m sure we will be advised of the current pecking order very soon on this.

Niall Dowling Niall Dowling's Royal Irish Yacht club, Ker 43, Baraka GP, the overall winner of the Round Ireland 2018 Photo: Afloat

RORC's Morgan Cup

Rarely do Flagship RORC races end in Ireland, but on the 300th year anniversary of the founding of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the RORC have graciously organised for one of their big races to finish in Cork, as a way of getting UK boats over for the Cork Week 300 regatta.

Approx 90 boats competed in the 2019 Morgan Cup edition this year, won overall by a J109. I suspect you may see some offshore orientated Irish boats decide to include this race in their calendar next year, which also serves as a way to get the boat to Cork in time for the Cork Week 300 Series.

Cork Week 300

From the Height of Cork Week in 2000 when boats competing topped 700, it has fallen somewhat. However, 2020, the 300th Anniversary of the club's founding, is all set to be special and interest from all corners of the world is evident with housing around Crosshaven and Carrigaline already starting to be booked up.

A number of classes are planning to use the week as their European Championships. The 1720 class, who had circa 75 boats at their 2000 event, are planning a big show in 2020 with already 10 boats confirmed from the UK with more likely to follow. A proper event Announcement is expected in September announcing some major classes and profile boats that will be competing.

The 2020 ICRA Nationals is being held as part of Cork week (three days only). Cork Week also incorporates a building fleet for the Beaufort Cup, which is a separate event within the week for associated national services (Army, Naval, Police, Firefighting, Coast Guard etc). This event incorporates an offshore race around the Fastnet and back.

Cork Week 2020 will be one not to miss. White Sail and coastal fleets will be included and the highlight is the all in Harbour race.

FekkesRory Fekkes from Carrigfergus SC, First Class 8—FN-GR8—Overall Winner of Cork week 2018 Photo: Bob Bateman

Calves Week

Numbers have held up very well for Calves Week. In 2019, there were 65 cruisers competing, with very competitive racing over the four days. A mix of windward-leeward courses, around the Islands and the Fastnet race keeps everyone interested. One race a day, with all the crews congregating after racing out in the streets between Newmans and Hackett's pubs. The Apres racing is as important as the racing with many sailors choosing to incorporate family holidays into the week. If you are doing Cork Week, and have not done Calves Week before, maybe you should consider leaving the boat in Cork and sliding down westwards a week or two later.

Rockabill JPK10.80Paul O'Higgins Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish—Winner of Calves week Class One in 2019 

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has hailed the performance of the Under 25 J/24 National Champions who qualify for an ICRA grant for their championship result writes Dave Cullen. 

As Afloat reported previously, the Irish J/24 National Championships were held at Lough Erne Yacht Club last weekend with five Under 25 teams from five different clubs throughout the country taking part. The Irish Cruiser Racing Association were delighted earlier this month to announce their continued sponsorship of Under 25 sailing in Ireland through a grant for every under 25 team taking part at this year’s J/24 National Champions and a grant for the overall ICRA under 25 J/24 National Champion.

"Five under-25 teams from five different clubs throughout the country took part"

Racing took place over three days in very mixed conditions. The forecast on day one said “ten knots, gusting close to twenty”, but as the fleet made its way to the race course it was clear that the “Breeze was on”.

The starts were hectic with twenty-eight boats fighting for front row positions, the fleet got away clean for three of the four races. With testing wind conditions and a very competitive fleet every place was fought for and as is so often the case in big fleets consistency was the key to success on day one.

The Under 25 Team from Royal Cork Yacht Club helmed by Rebecca O’Shaughnessy, taking part in their first J/24 event, were unfortunately dismasted just after the start of Race One. Later that weekend former J/24 President, Michael Clarke from Lough Erne Yacht Club, while giving a talk on the 40 Year History of J/24’s in Ireland, commended the young Cork team for their excellent seamanship skills in recovering the mast and sailing ashore without assistance. Lough Erne Yacht Club are also to be complimented for making another J/24 available to the Cork team to ensure they got back out racing on day two.

Tadgh O’Loingsigh’s Janx Spirit from Tralee Bay Sailing Club took the early lead in the Under 25 fleet holding a position in the top ten at the end of the first day, ahead of Kilcullen from Howth Yacht Club, helmed by David Johnson and Jasper 2 from Foynes Yacht Club, helmed by Mary McCormack with Lady Caroline from Sligo Yacht Club, helmed by Rachel O’Dwyer, in fourth.

Completely contrasting conditions greeted the fleet on day two and only one race started and ended with only four boats finishing within the time limit before racing was abandoned for the day.

At last day three brought favourable sailing conditions with sunshine and a steady thirteen knots. OOD Derek Bothwell and his team used the U flag to help ensure races got off quickly and managed three races before the time limit expired.

The team on Janx Spirit from Tralee Bay Sailing Club sailed a superb series finishing in sixth place overall, their best finish a second place in the final race and taking the ICRA Under 25 J/24 National Champions title.

Janx Spirit have now qualified as the Irish Under 25 Team for the J/24 2020 Worlds taking place in Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole next year. At the J/24 Association Annual General Meeting, Tadgh O’Loingsigh was also voted onto the J/24 Association of Ireland Committee as the Under 25 representative. It is also worth noting that the overall winners on Headcase, from Howth Yacht Club, were part of the original Under 25 programme started back in 2013 by Brian McDowell, and went on to purchase their own boat after ‘graduating’ from the Under 25 programme.

The team on Janx Spirit are Tadhg O’Loingsigh, Hugh Stewart, Tadgh McSweeney, Brian Fox, Donnagh O’Buachalla

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ICRA has announced further initiatives and support for under 25 development programmes throughout the country. These initiatives include further funding for Under 25 team entries to events, this time at the J24 Nationals plus the launch of development grants and advice for clubs looking to set up their own Under 25 cruiser racing teams from scratch.

Read the J24 Nationals preview here

ICRA has previously recognised that support is needed for juniors to transition from dinghies to keelboats. Already this year we have provided free entry to seven Under 25 teams at the Frank Keane National Championships in Dun Laoghaire, won by the Under 25 team from Foynes Yacht Club. ICRA has also provided support for Under 25 teams participating at the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm and are now announcing their continued support for the Under 25 teams competing at the J/24 National Championships.

In 2018, ICRA in association with Irish Sailing and the J/24 Association announced the first Under 25 J/24 National Champion which was won by Scandal from Howth Yacht Club. This year ICRA will subsidise free entry for seven Under 25 teams who will compete for that national title from clubs across the country including Howth Yacht Club, Foynes Yacht Club, Sligo Yacht Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Mullaghmore Sailing Club, Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre and Tralee Bay Sailing Club.

The J/24 National Championships will take place at Lough Erne Yacht Club from the 23rd to 25th August. There are thirty-one confirmed entries for this very exciting one design cruiser racing fleet. ICRA’s funding will be made available to clubs for their Under 25 teams participation at the championship. ICRA is also announcing an additional prize of a special grant for Under 25 training and development for the club with the overall winner of the Under 25 J24 national title.

To continue its role in supporting pathways to entry for cruiser racing, ICRA is also announcing further development grants and advice for clubs that have yet to start their own Under 25 cruiser racing development programme. Any clubs interested should contact ICRA directly.

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With just over two weeks until the Welsh IRC Championships on Cardigan Bay, Irish IRC boats are preparing for the trip across the Irish Sea to the Llŷn Peninsula and to Plas Heli - the Welsh National Sailing Academy on August 9th.

Royal Irish Yacht Club's Patrick Burke will compete in the First Class 35 Prima Luce in IRC as will Dave Cullen's Half Tonner Checkmate XV from Howth Yacht Club.

This year's Irish entries continue a fine reciprocal tradition of competing in Wales where Irish boats have recorded considerable success over the past five years.

The Championships also doubles as the Welsh leg of the RC35 class's Celtic Cup where Howth boat Storm won the inaugural trophy last year. And in 2017, Waterford raiders 'Fools Gold' won the IRC Welsh Championships.

Prima Luce first 35 0578Patrick Burke's First Class 35 Prima Luce from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Berthing will also be available for Irish boats competing in the ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli on July 27th and who wish to leave their boat in Pwllheli ready for the IRC Champs.

Jac Y Do 4759 2Mark and Jo Thompson's Jac Y Do from Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club Photo: Afloat

Pwllheli will also welcome competitors from right across the Irish Sea catchment area including Scotland. 

Triple Elf 3932Christine and Robin Murray's Triple Elf Photo: Afloat

Christine and Robin Murray's Triple Elf from Fairlie Yacht Club and last year's Class 2 Overall Winner Checkmate (Ian MacMillan) are also entered. This Checkmate team have just become UK Impala National Champions. Also entered is Robin Young's J109 Jings from the Scottish RC35 class.

Jings 3944Robin Young's Jings from Clyde Cruising Club Photo: Afloat

The bulk of these boats last competed together at Dun Laoghaire Regatta earlier this month.

IRC 1, 2 and sports-boats (IRC3) will race from a committee boat start in Tremadog Bay (Race Officer Mike Butterfield). The cruiser class (IRC4) will start and finish from the PSC club line adjacent to Gimlet Rock (Race Officer Robin Evans)

See entry list here

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For the overall ICRA Boat of the Year, solid regatta season wins at Sovereigns and the Dun Laoghaire Regatta for Checkmate XVIII has lifted them into contention with season-long front runners, Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins). Victory in Howth’s Autumn League could see Nigel Biggs and crew of Howth Yacht Club and the Royal Irish Yacht Club take the trophy, but with clubmate Rockabill VI also sitting pretty at the top of Class 0 in the year-long Dublin Bay Sailing Club series it will likely be too little too late.

Rockabill 2191Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

With a return to inshore racing, Frank Whelan's Grand Soleil Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club also did the regatta double in Class 0, lifting them clear of Forty Licks (Jay Colville of East Down) but behind the champions-elect. In Class One, honours look to belong to Joker II (John Maybury) whose championship nerve held strong in the face of a new challenge from Outrajeous (John Murphy and Richard Colwell) at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

Eleuthera 0580Frank Whelan's Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club Photo: Afloat

Joker II J109 1661Joker II (John Maybury) from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Outrajeous 5525Outrajeous (John Murphy and Richard Colwell) from Howth Yacht Club

A National Championship and Irish Half Ton Cup in their first season will be a substantial achievement but a slide in form for Mata (Wright Brothers of Howth) in Dun Laoghaire, where they finished outside the top three has left them too far behind to overhaul Checkmate XVIII in Class 2. Dux (Anthony Gore-Grimes) moved up a division for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta taking on the challenge of racing the Half Tonners. Her series began well but she eventually finished off the podium. An unchallenged runaway victory for F'n Gr8 (Mark Fekkes of East Antrim) at the same event has left them in a strong position as top boat in Class 3. Dux may yet have the last laugh if it blows during the HYC Autumn League, and it usually does.

Dux 5573Dux (Anthony Gore-Grimes) from Howth Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Mark Fekkes First 8 1838F'n Gr8 (Mark Fekkes of East Antrim) Photo: Afloat

Demelza is still sitting pretty amongst the non-spinnaker competitors, her early-season success more than making up for not making the start line at VDLR.

With six scoring events now completed, we are halfway through the scoring series and events switch West and South to bring non-Dublin boats into the scores.

There’s still a long way to go but the up to date scores are downloadable below.

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ICRA has announced it will support the further promotion of the Under 25 sailing keelboat teams, by paying the entry fee for any Under 25 Keelboat Team entering the Irish Sailing “Pathfinder Women at the Helm” event on the 17th/18th August.

ICRA has added the Pathfinder Women at the Helm event subsidy to a range of other actions the Committee has taken to promote and encourage participation in cruiser racing among under 25 age groups. Richard Colwell, ICRA Commodore commented, “Encouraging “Yacht Racing for All” is a core part of our mission and we are especially proud of the drive to encourage cruiser racing with those coming out of dinghies to help clubs provide a pathway to keep these sailors in the sport.”

ICRA has already this year, subsidised the entry costs to the event for eight-under 25 teams to take part in the ICRA nationals, which was a great success with teams travelled from Wicklow, Tralee, Foynes, Howth and the Dun Laoghaire clubs. As well as subsidising entry fees for the Under 25 teams, ICRA also provides access to funding for training initiatives and can provide support and advice to clubs looking to set up Under 25 teams.

As Afloat previously reported, the Pathfinder Women at the Helm event has been organised on the 17th/18th August, hosted by the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, in order to give all sailing women their own annual sailing goal and to set and encourage a move from shore to boat, crew to helm or club event to regional event. The event is open to PY Dinghy Racing and Keelboat Racing from Teens to Seniors. ICRA encourages all members to enter the event and have some fun, with the only proviso being that a woman needs to helm and 50% of the crew need to be women.

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The end of June meant the Irish Cruiser Racing Nationals (ICRA) Boat of the Year standings has begun to take shape.

As Irish Times Sailing Correspondent David O'Brien reported last Friday, as a result of class victory at the Irish Cruiser Racing Nationals on Dublin Bay last month plus a successful defence of the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, also in June, Paul O'Higgins's Rockabill VI was the runaway leader of ICRA's reformatted Boat of the Year award at the halfway stage of the competition.

A national title and Irish Half Ton Cup victory have placed Mata (Wright Brothers) at number two on the rankings, whilst a national title and second place at the Sovereign's Cup is enough for white sails’ ace, Demelza to slide in at No. 3.

Sovereigns Cup Class two9Mata Photo: Bob Bateman

A busy month for the J109 Outrajeous has placed them in fourth, narrowly ahead of national inshore champions Dux, Joker II, and Supernova, and D2D division winners Indian and Red Alert.

outrajeous j109Outrajeous Photo: Bob Bateman

Sovereigns Cup white sails5Demelza Photo: Bob Bateman

Dux X302 3337Dux Photo: Afloat

Indian J109Indian Photo: Afloat

Red alert D2D Race start 2985Red Alert Photo: Afloat

Download the current standings below

There’s a lot of racing still to go. July and early August, featuring the Dun Laoghaire Regatta, WIORA Championships and Round Aran race in the west together with the second counting ISORA offshore, before the autumn will bring results to count from the DBSC season, HYC Autumn League and RCYC October League. While Rockabill VI currently sits on top of DBSC Class 0 and will be a favourite for the ISORA race to Pwllheli if she enters, Demelza and Mata have the HYC Autumn League to go. All three are entered for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta and will be amongst the favourites for their divisions.

ICRA updated its Boat of the Year scheme this year to better reflect the national cruiser-racer picture. Now, instead of an annual committee decision, the points from a series of 12 regattas will be combined to identify the top performing boat on IRC across the season balanced between the east, south, west and offshore scenes.

The ICRA Boat of the Year is now awarded on a points basis with the top three places in an IRC division at National Championships. National regattas and regional events all count towards the rankings for the year. At the halfway point, no less than 58 boats have made their mark.

Download the current standings below 

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In some of the more compact cruiser-racers, the owner-skipper’s preferred role is as crew boss, and this is the approach of HYC Honorary Sailing Secretary Caroline Gore-Grimes on her family’s well-tested X 302 DUX. It’s an arrangement which worked a treat at the Frank Keane ICRA Nats from June 7th to 9th at the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire. IRC Division 3 mustered a fleet of 23 boats, with Rory Fekkes’ souped-up Beneteau F’n Gr8 from Carrickfergus fresh from success in the Scottish Series. It looked like more of the same, with F’n Gr8 winning the first two races. But DUX had logged a couple of useful thirds, and then in the next two days her scoreline was 1,1,1,1,2 to give her IRC 3 by a very clear margin, and make her ICRA Overall Champion as well.

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The 2019 ICRA National Championships at Dun Laoghaire may have attracted a total of 93 boats from 24 clubs around Ireland but the spoils were shared between just two Dublin Clubs as five national titles went to Dun Laoghaire's Royal Irish Yacht Club (three) and Howth Yacht Club (two).

After a testing series with a full range of conditions, Anthony Gore-Grimes' Dux from Howth Yacht Club emerged overall winner of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships sponsored by Frank Keane BMW on Dublin Bay today (Sunday 9th June 2019). The X302 boat won the Division Three national title, one of five decided over the three days thanks to a scoreline of top three places in its 22-strong division.

Howth Yacht Club Star Point Vessel 2503The Howth Yacht Club Star Point Committee Vessel was used for ICRA Class Zero, One and Two fleets Photo: Afloat

Sunday's final day was sailed in breeze ranging from zero to 20 knots with sunshine, hailstones and lightning included in the event hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

“The conditions were challenging for the race officers but, fair play they got all the races away," said Paul Colton, owner of Cri Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Division Three. “It was a great event, the [fixture] timing worked out well.”

Cri Cri 3414Paul Colton's Cri Cri competing in Class Three Photo: Afloat
John Maybury's Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club comfortably won his fourth consecutive Division One national championship title after scoring all first or second places over the seven race series. His title win was one of three for his Dun Laoghaire club while Howth Yacht Club took two other championships.

Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI from the Royal Irish Yacht Club emerged victorious in Division Zero for the biggest boats that sailed three coastal courses for the series. His win only came on the tie-break as Jay Colville's Forty Licks from East Down Yacht Club slipped back to second overall in their ten boats fleet.

A steady work rate over the seven races saw Michael and Darren Wrights' Mata from Howth Yacht Club emerge as Division Two National Champions with a race win in the final to seal their grip on their 19-boat fleet. The result saw Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII from the Royal Irish Yacht Club take second with Howth's David Cullen on Checkmate XV staging a comeback to take third.

“We had very testing conditions but the racing was fantastic, very close,” said Ronan Downing, owner of Miss Whiplash from the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Division Two. “We were beaten into fourth overall by just one second in each of the last two races.”

Miss Whiplash 2301Ronan Downing's Miss Whiplash from Royal Cork Yacht Club Photo: Afloat

Back to back wins on the final day, mirroring Friday's racing saw Philip O'Dwyer's Supernova from the Royal Irish Yacht Club take the Division Four national championship title in a four-boat contest. Amongst the white sails Division Five competing for the ICRA Corinthian Cup, Windsor Lauden and Steffi Ennis on Demelza delivered straight bullets for the series in spite of starting 15 seconds late for the final race.

"We had a large number of Under 25's taking part and it was great to see that the Red C Perpetual Trophy was won by an all-woman crew," commented Richard Colwell, Commodore of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association. "Each champion in this year's event is a worthy winner and has had to work very hard to win amongst extremely competitive fleets."

U25 J80 2852An Under-25 J/80 crew from the host club Photo: Afloat

"It was particularly pleasing to see how our new ECHO handicap formula delivered a totally different set of results than IRC. Those crews who may have considered this event unattainable in the past can now take part with a chance to see an improvement and progression on their championship chances."

"We set out to hold a first-class national championship, and I think most competitors would agree that the racing was at the highest standards while being enjoyable both on and off the water," added Colwell.

Full results are available here

Read all Afloat's stories from the 2019 ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Paul O'Higgins reclaimed the overall lead of the Class Zero (Coastal) division of the ICRA championships on Dublin Bay today to take the title away from the overnight leader Northern Ireland's Jay Colville in the First 40, Forty Licks.

O'Higgins who is the defending champion in Wednesday's biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race (race preview here) was declared the ICRA champion after the tie break rule was applied as Rockabill and Forty Licks both finished on the same six points.

Third overall in the nine-boat fleet was the Greystones Sailing Club Grand Soleil 40, Eleuthera on 12 points in the three-race series. 

Provisional overall results after day three and subject to protest are here

Read all the latest from the ICRA National Championships in one handy link here.

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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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