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The 2016 Irish Sailing Annual published this week at €6.50 includes a sailing season review, a preview of an action packed 2016 including an ISA calendar of events plus a line up of Afloat's Sailors of the Year. Check out the annual contents below. 

The annual is on sale now in all good newsagents nationwide or by ten issue subscription posted through your letterbox. Don't miss it!

Irish Sailing Annual 2016

Irish Sailing Association Foreword 2016 will be a pivotal year for sailing's national governing body

News Mixed sportsboats for DBSC; Cork to host IRC Euros 2016 and ICRA Nationals 2017; Ireland's Paralympians are in; Gale wrecks NYC launch; Toxic Rio water; Mermaid revival planned; CH Marine's Laser guided; Award for Ilen doc; Sutton Dinghy Club settles with former Instructor over finger incident; Sligo Heli rescue record plus lots more maritime news from around the coast

Marine Industry news O'Sullivan's Marine turns the tide

2016 Sailing Preview Three, Two, One... 2016 Here We Come!

2015 Sailing Review Bad weather was good for Irish sailing by WM Nixon

Afloat's class of 2015 Reviewing Ireland's sailors of the month for 2015

Racing round up Howth Yacht Club's Autumn league, Royal Cork's October series plus a look at winter racing around the country

DBSC 2015 Season An array of ancient yachting silverware was awarded across DBSC's 22 classes at its 131st prizegiving in Dun Laoghaire in November

Brokerage The latest boats and equipment in Ireland’s marine marketplace

Classifieds A selection of's online classified adverts

Dubarry Nautical Crossword A nautical crossword with a great boating prize of Dubarry deck shoes

Soundings Huff's return perfectly timed

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#sailingannual – Afloat's packed 80–page 2014 Irish Sailing Annual hits the news stands next weekend (Saturday, 14 December) with all the latest Irish sailing news and reviews.

It's got great photo spreads from the 2013 season including that trimaran capsize in Dun Laoghaire plus action pics from Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta as well as the Sovereign's Cup in a comprehensive season review by W M Nixon.

There is a roll call of our class of 2013, our sailors of the year with details of each monthly achievement on water.

We preview the 2014 sailing calendar too with news of Cork week, Round Ireland racing plus an ICC cruise a multi worlds and GP14 dinghy worlds too.

In our latest news section, there's been a top prize for David Kenefick at the Paris boat show, news of some All round sailing heroes, 
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is seeking pier interest, a Dublin Bay club 
slashes fees, a radio fault factor has been detected in brothers'
 deaths at sea. There is a photo review of how the country's biggest sailing club 
celebrated 175 years of champions plus 50 more Irish boating stories.

Plus the following Irish boating stories:


First Maritime Web awards
Getting your marine message across has 
 never been easier thanks to the power of 
 the internet. Here's some of the best 
 Irish sites, according to our judges


2014 Sailing Preview
It's a Cork Week and Round Ireland year 
 but 2014 has a lot more besides including 
 the GP14 worlds and the Formula 18 
 Worlds, both to be staged north of the 


2013 Sailing Review
In this review of 2013, W M Nixon looks back 
 on a year of the unexpected.


How I won the Euros
A win for Annalise Murphy on home waters 
 made up for so much heartbreak in 2012.


CH Marine Autumn League
Bob and Claire Bateman's report from 
 Royal Cork's annual October League


our classified adverts for th latest brokerage deals


Inland Waters
Brian Goggin ponders the cut in budgets 
 for Ireland's waterways in 2014

Dubarry Nautical Crossword
A bumper crossword for Christmas

WM Nixon describes harvesting the gold 
at the IFDS Worlds off Kinsale

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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.


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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