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#ROWING: Siobhán McCrohan set a new record for Irish lightweight women in indoor competition at the Irish Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick. The Tribesmen athlete clocked seven minutes 15.2 seconds for the 2,000 metres. The standing record was 7:16.8, set by Claire Lambe in 2010.

The best men’s open time was 6:10.2, taken by Kevin Coughlan of Carlow, and Jonathan Doyle won the lightweight open section in 6:28.1. There was a record time for 500 metres in the men’s lightweight 50-59 category. Christian Leonard set a time of one minute 34.5 seconds. SELECTED RESULTS

 

Mens 2k
MO 1 Kevin Coughlan_Carlow 06:10.2 2000
MO 2 David Meehan_SMRC 06:11.3 2000
MO 2 Dan Hindle_NUIG 06:11.3 2000
LMO 1 Jonathan Doyle_PaddyPower_IRC 06:28.1 2000
LMO 2 Alan Mc_Kenna_Carlow 06:38.3 2000
LMO 3 Alan Goodison_Fermoy_RC 06:53.3 2000
Current Irish Record:
2000 19-29 Eamon Joyce M Hwt U.C.C.R.C. 5:59.3 2001 Race result
2000 19-29 Paul Griffin M Lwt Muckross RC 6:16.4 2001 Race result
Womens 2k
LWO 1 Siobhan McCrohan_Tribesmen_RC L 07:15.2 2000
LWO 2 Amy Bulman_UCCRC 07:48.2 2000
WU23 1 Deirdre O'Sullivan_UCCRC 07:17.9 2000
WU23 2 Caoimhe Joyce-Hearne_NUIG 07:20.4 2000
WU23 3 Hannah O'Sullivan_SMRC 07:23.6 2000
WO 1 Aine Collins_Fermoy_RC 07:23.7 2000
WO 2 Jessica O'Keeffe_SMRC 07:25.4 2000
WO 3 Marie Piggot_NUIG 07:39.4 2000
Current Irish Record:
Claire Lambe Lwt UCDBC 7:16.8 2010 Race result
Mens 500
New Irish Record : LM50-59 Christian Leonard_ 01:34.5 500
Old Record: LM50-59_500 Joe Keating M Lwt London 1:41.1 2008 Historical Record
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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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