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UCD’s women’s senior eight maintained their advantage over Trinity by beating them in a straight final at Neptune rowing regatta, while in the men’s junior 18 eight final Colaiste Iognaid of Galway beat Carlow by one foot.

Neptune Regatta, Islandbridge, Saturday

Men, Eight – Intermediate: Neptune bt Galway ¾ l. Novice: UCD B bt Queen’s 1l. Junior 18: Col Iognaid bt Carlow 1 foot. Masters: Old Collegians bt Commercial canvas.

Four, coxed – Senior: Commercial bt Neptune ½ l. Intermediate: Queen’s bt Garda easily. Novice: UCD bt Fermoy A 2l. Junior 18: Athlone bt Col Iognaid 1l.

Quadruple, coxed – Novice: Neptune B bt Neptune A 1½ l. Junior 18: Carrick-on-Shannon bt Carlow disqualified. Junior 16: Bann bt Neptune easily. Double, coxed – Junior 16: Commercial bt Galway 4l. Single – Senior: Commercial (Dowling) bt Carlow (Murphy) 2l. Intermediate: Carlow (Brady) bt Carlow (Murphy) 2½ l. Junior 18: Neptune (Griffin) bt Neptune (Noone) 3l. Junior 16: Commercial (d’Estelle-Roe) bt Neptune (Callaghan) 1½ l.

Women, Eight – Senior: UCD bt Trinity 1¼ l. Intermediate: Trinity bt UCD, disqualified. Novice: UCD bt Trinity C 4l. Junior 18: Neptune bt Commercial 1¼ l.

Four, coxed – Senior: UCD bt Trinity 3l. Intermediate: Trinity bt UCD ½l. Novice: Neptune bt Trinity 3l.

Sculling, Quadruple, coxed – Novice: Neptune bt Commercial easily. Junior 18 (coxless): Neptune bt Col Iognaid B 2l. Junior 16: Fermoy bt Col Iognaid easily. Double – Junior 16: Carrick-on-Shannon bt Col Iognaid 3l.

Single – Intermediate: Shandon (Corcoran-O’Hare) bt Bann (Taggart) 2½ l. Novice: Commercial (Coughlan) bt Commercial easily. Junior 18: Fermoy (Shinnick) bt Commercial (Rodger) 3l.

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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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