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Getting ready for winter will surely be a breeze thanks to great deals in CH Marine’s monthly specials for October.

After liftout, towing away has never been easier than with the Optiparts launching trolley, now only €189.95.

This lightweight aluminium trolley comes with hull supports and a unique system to lock the bow in a simple movement.

Prevent condensation and damp ruining your boat and sails over those colder months out of the water with Meaco’s popular 10-litre compressor dehumidifier. Usually €179.95, it’s now available for only €161.95.

Keeping your things dry is also the key function of the Zhik drybag, with 25 litres of space and available in black or ash — now down from €38.95 to €24.95, more than a third off the RRP.

Those looking to carry on through the winter will want to be well equipped for the elements.

The Baltic Flipper buoyancy aid (now only €89.95) is stylish, comfortable and reversible, and will keep you afloat while being easy to swim in.

Pair it with Optiparts Windesign Neoprene boots, designed for dinghy sailing and available in various sizes for adults (€39.95) and juniors (€31.95) alike.

This month CH Marine also has a super deal on an ex-charter Laser 4.7 or Radial boat package — save over €500 on a Youth Worlds ex-charter Laser in ice blue with only seven days’ use.

And don’t forget CH Marine’s other October offers on the latest tech to keep track of your wheres and whens on deck.

CHMarine.com ships worldwide with free delivery to addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland for orders over €50.

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Get the latest tech to keep track of your wheres and whens on deck in CH Marine’s specials for October.

Gill Marine’s Regatta Race Timer — now only €69.95 — features a large face with a clear dot matrix display, a 50-lap memory and countdown timer.

Water resistant up to 50 metres, it works as well on the mast or bulkhead as well as on your wrist. Available in yellow, black or red.

You can also save €15 on Plastimo’s essential Iris 50 Hand Bearing Compass with night illumination — RRP €79.95, now only €64.95.

This highly dependable companion of yachtsmen, regatta addicts and top-notch racers worldwide is waterproof, shockproof and compact, and available in yellow or blue.

CHMarine.com ships worldwide with free delivery to addresses in Ireland and Northern Ireland for orders over €50.

Click HERE to find the full selection of CH Marine’s October special offers available while stocks last.

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#Rower of the Month: The Afloat Rower of the Month for October is Paul O’Donovan. The UCD lightweight was quite outstanding at the Ireland trial. He was by far the fastest single sculler, setting a time of seven minutes 21.24 seconds in the heat and 7:22.63 in the final. Paul O’Donovan, in combination with his brother Gary O’Donovan, has been rightly feted for qualifying the Ireland lightweight double for the Olympic Games, and he has continued to set an exemplary standard.

Rower of the Month awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times and David O'Brien, Editor of Afloat magazine. Monthly awards for achievements during the year will appear on afloat.ie and the overall national award will be presented to the person or crew who, in the judges' opinion, achieved the most notable results in, or made the most significant contribution to rowing during 2015. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2015 champions list grow.

Published in Rowing
12th September 2011

Look Out for Autumn Afloat!

Look out for Afloat's Autumn 2011 issue published in the first week of October. The full colour issue includes the latest Irish sailing and boating news including exclusve reports on diving on the Lusitania, How the Rambler 100 crew were saved, Winterising Your Boat, Round Ireland in a Kayak, the build up to Dun Laoghaire's Youth Sailing Worlds, boat reports, all our regular columns including inland news, Tom MacSweeney's column, WM Nixon's Soundings, the latest Irish boats for sale listings and lots, lots more.
Published in Racing

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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