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#HeritageVisitor - A Norwegian tall ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl is calling to Dublin Port as part of Heritage Week, and will be open for visitors.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl will be docked at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, where on Saturday 20 August, one of the world’s biggest tallships will be open to the public between 2 and 4pm. No booking is required nor no fee to gain admission on board what is also one of the oldest of the world’s square rigger ships.

Due to extensive conservation work over the last few decades, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl still looks almost as it did when it was completely new more than a hundred years ago, and a visit on the ship is therefore like taking a step back in time.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl will sail to Dublin from A Coruña, northern Spain where it recently became the winner of Tall Ship Races 2016. The ship will depart Dublin on Sunday 21. August and sail back home to Bergen, Norway, a journey that will take five days.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl was built in 1914, in Bremerhaven-Geestemünde in Germany, as a training ship for the German merchant marine.

In 1923, the ship was bought by “Det Bergenske Damskipsselskap” (Bergen Steamship Company), and renamed “Statsraad Lehmkuhl” (Minister Lemhkuhl) after the man responsible for securing it.

Statsraad Lehmkuhl was used as a training vessel for Bergen School Ship Foundation until 1967, except for a brief interval during World War II when it was confiscated by Germany.

Later on, the ship was donated to the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation, which is the current owner and operator of the ship.

Over the years, the Foundation has arranged cruises and coastal trips that are open for the public to attend. In addition, Statsraad Lehmkuhl has often been rented out to schools, companies, clubs and organisations that have used the ship for shorter trips.

In recent years, Statsraad Lehmkuhl has become a familiar sight in the Bergen harbour, blending in seamlessly with the colourful wooden houses at “Bryggen”.

Published in Tall Ships

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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