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#MessageInABottle - Another connection's been made across the ocean between Ireland and North America thanks to a message in a bottle, as Canada's CTV News reports.

Last summer Canadian student Saskia Vaisey dropped a bottle into the freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean, with a note sealed inside describing the wildlife and sights she saw while on an Arctic study programme.

That very bottle was discovered earlier this month on a beach near Claddaghduff in Co Galway by German national Eva Hart, who emailed Vaisey shortly after to express her excitement at the find.

It was an important one for Vaisey from a marine science standpoint, too, as she send her message-in-a-bottle along with 50 of her fellow students as a part of a 'Drift Bottle Project' to track ocean currents.

And it's not the first time that Canada and Ireland have been linked by such a long-distance message, as two years ago a young boy in Co Waterford discovered a note sent into the sea by two French-Canadian girls some eight years before.

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#AfloatProject – As previously reported, the 'Afloat' project of Dalkey-based visual artist, Roisin Cunningham, took place on Sunday where 50 bottle jars containing messages about the recession made contact in the waters of Dublin Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Since then the first jar (No.22) has been found washed ashore this morning by a woman while walking on the beach at Sutton. The jar had drifted from the location of the bottle launch in the seas off The Muglins near Dalkey Island in the south of the bay. For a photo, click the link to Roisin's 'Afloat' facebook page.

The inspiration for the Afloat project had originated several years ago and is based on the main theme of communication between people and how this can be achieved. What appealed to the artist is the idea of using ordinary people's messages, often because their ideas have no platform.

As the ideas gathered, she was surprised and encouraged at how when asked to send a personal message to a stranger, people engaged in such a positive way with inspirational quotes or greetings.

The messages in the jars not only reflected the state of the nation in which in recent years we seemed to have, as an Island people, had many ideas and criteria forced on us. This is where Roisin wanted to gauge what was the general mood among the people.

In addition the jars contained a paper boat and a numbered piece taken from a painting of the Muglins painted by the artist.

The rocky outcrop of The Muglins and its lighthouse is where strong currents converge and which can make for notoriously unpredictable conditions.

Despite the swells at high-tide and under an overcast sky, Roisin was rowed out from Coliemore Harbour by the Dalkey Rowing Club's Ladies junior team, crewed by Nadine Cunningham, Sinead McCullogh, Claire Cunningham and Mary-Grace Power. They clearly displayed their rowing skills coupled by the cox of the day Pat Dalton.

So where have the natural elements taken the other jars as they bob and drift about the Irish Sea and who knows to where else?...


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#MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - It took eight years to cross the Atlantic, but a message in a bottle sent by two girls from eastern Canada finally found a recipient - in Co Waterford.

As the Irish Independent reports, 10-year-old Oisin Millea found the letter encased in a 2-litre soft drink bottle more than a week ago among litter from the sea strewn across the beach at Passage East.

And thanks to the wonders of the internet, he was able to contact the girls who sent the message - and even see them on his computer screen via Skype.

RTÉ News says it got in touch with the two French-Canadians, who were aged 12 when they sent the bottle into the sea via the St Lawrence River in Quebec back in the summer of 2004.

Charlene Dalpé and Claudia Garneau, now 20 years old, told the Irish Independent that they have remained friends since, and described Oisin's discovery as "really exciting".

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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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