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Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright scored a tremendous result for Ireland as he placed 10th in the Optimist Worlds in Antigua earlier this week.

He was followed closely in the final standings by 13th-placed James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal Cork/Kinsale in the event won by the new three-time champion Marco Gradoni of Italy.

The rest of the Irish team are also to be commended for their finishes in a field comprising 255 young sailors: Sam Ledoux (National YC) was 70th overall, Luke Turkey (HYC) 100th and Ben O’Shaughnessy (RCYC) 159th.

In the glow of that achievement for the nation, the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) has decamped to Waterford Harbour for the Optimist Munster Championships from today, Saturday 29 July.

The event is open to all boats of the IODAI across Regatta, Junior and Senior fleets, with the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Supplementary Instructions available on the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club website.

Published in Youth Sailing

The International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland (IODAI) shared a photo yesterday (Sunday 30 June) of the five-strong team headed to Antigua to represent Ireland at the 2019 World Championships later this week.

Rocco Wright (Howth YC), James Dwyer Matthews (Royal Cork/Kinsale), Ben O’Shaughnessy (Royal Cork), Sam Ledoux (National YC) and Luke Turvey (Howth YC) will be supported by team coach Dara O’Shea at the event, where racing gets under way this Saturday 6 July.

They will be hoping to best the European team’s impressive performance in Brittany last week, placing 11th overall in a field of 300 sailors representing 50 countries.

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#Optimist - The provisional results are in from the last day of racing at the 2018 Optimist Worlds, and National Yacht Club youth Rian Geraghty-McDonnell places 16th in the final tally.

Close behind is fellow Team Ireland member James Dwyer-Matthews of Kinsale Yacht Club at 19th out of the 66-boat Gold fleet.

Further down the leaderboard, Justin Lucas held on for a 50th-place finish after a rough week on the water at Limassol in Cyprus.

In the Silver fleet, Cork Harbour sailors Harry Twomey and Michael Crosbie finished 27th and 51st respectively.

All five contributed to Ireland placing eighth in the Nations Cup, just a few points shy of France and Germany in the final standings.

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#Optimist - Rian Geraghty-McDonnell is just outside the top 10 in the Gold fleet at Limassol as the 2018 Optimist Worlds draw to a close.

It’s a big jump up the leaderboard for the National Yacht Club youth sailor and last year’s Irish Nationals champion, who was 22nd after the qualifiers last Friday (31 August) and 10 places behind fellow Team Ireland racer James Dwyer-Matthews of Kinsale YC, at 15th as per last night’s provisional results.

Also in the Gold fleet is Tralee Bay/Royal Cork’s Justin Lucas, whose rough week continues as he hovers in the back half of the fleet in 49th.

In the Silver fleet, Harry Twomey (Royal Cork & Crookhaven Harbour) is 19th after three races while Michael Crosbie (Royal Cork) is 41st — though the latter had a tremendous result in his most recent course run, setting him in good stead going into the final day.

Racing resumes this afternoon (Wednesday 5 September) at 1.50pm local time.

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#Optimist - James Dwyer-Matthews was the best of the Irish after the qualifying stage of the Optimist Worlds drew to a close in Limassol on Friday (31 August).

The Kinsale YC youth is 12th overall in the 260-boat fleet, thanks to strong finishes in his first and final two qualifying races.

In real terms, the result puts Dwyer-Matthews only 10 points off seventh place, above which racing is tight for the title as last year’s winner Marco Gradoni fends off the challenge of American champ Stephan Baker.

Next best of the Irish contingent was last year's Irish Nationals champ Rian Geraghty-McDonnell of the National Yacht Club, who places 22nd.

After his second at the Kinsale Nationals last month, Justin Lucas of Tralee Bay and the Royal Cork had a tough week in Cyprus, placing 40th overall — but that came with a strong performance in the fourth race of the week for Afloat.ie's Sailor of the Month for April.

Completing the five-member Irish contingent, Harry Twomey (Royal Cork YC & Crookhaven Harbour SC) placed 89th and Michael Crosbie (Royal Cork) 106th.

Racing in the gold, silver and bronze fleets will get under way tomorrow (Monday 3 September) after the weekend break for the team championships.

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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.

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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