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#youthnationals – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Pathway Youth Nationals 2015, taking place at Royal Cork Yacht Club are in their second day of competition at Crosshaven writes Claire Bateman. Topper, 420, Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial classes are competing in selection trials for National squads and potential selection for the National Academy. The four-day event also sees the International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland, 2015 Optimist Trials take place with over 60 entrants.

Today began as a foggy grey day with the breeze more from the south and with a fitful sun trying to break through the clouds like a patchwork quilt on the water later in the day. The wind also increased at this stage going to 16 to 18 knots with a slight hint of west in it. A third Race Committee was called to action under the highly experienced Race Officer David O'Brien of Royal Cork for the 4.7s and the Toppers who were commencing racing today. To a person doing a tour of the three race areas, looking at racing with inner loops and outer loops, separate finish boats, on the water Juries blowing whistles signaling to the unwary, or possibly not unwary, that they had infringed the rules, it all appeared a very competent and slick operation timed to the last. The race team for the 420 and Radials moved further east on the Eastern Bank opposite the Aghada Sailing and Tennis Club where they had to wait a little bit longer for the wind to reach them. When it did it was great to see these fleets surfing on the waves.

In the 420 Class Peter McCann and crew Harry Whitaker from RCYC are the current leaders, followed by Douglas Elmes and Colin O'Sullivan, RCYC/ HYC, while the younger McCann brother James and crew Bill Staunton, RCYC, are in fourth place with Lizziy McDowell and Anna O'Regan from MYC taking the third spot..

In the Laser Radial fleet after six races and one discard Conor Beirne RStYG leads Erica Ruigrok from Rush SC in second followed by Cian Byrne from the host Club in third place.

Meanwhile the 29 boat Topper fleet, having sailed three races, are now led by Geoff Power WHSC, followed by Luke McElwaine from Carlingford Lough, tied on points but with count back putting McElwaine in second place and Caoimhe Foster RCYC taking the third spot.

In the 30 boat Laser Radial Fleet Richard McGinley of the Host Club leads from Ross Morgan SSC, second followed by Rebecca O'Shaughnessy, RCYC 3rd.

In the Optimist 60 boat fleet with Ireland's top sailor Anthony O'Leary as Race Officer the fleet sailed on a traditional Optimist course and had a long day sailing four races bringing their total to seven to date on this weekend which is an Optimist Trials Event confined to sailors who qualified at regional events and the Nationals in 2014. Current leader is Tom Higgins, RStGYC, followed by Gemma McDowell, MYC and Harry Bell, HYC third.

Racing continues tomorrow (Saturday) and tensions are now mounting at this stage of the weekend. Forecast is for fresher conditions and some exciting sailing should be seen throughout the fleets.

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Published in Youth Sailing

#trofeosofia – Annalise Murphy of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire enters the final day of racing this morning before Saturday's medal races in third place overall at the Trofeo Sofia in Palma. Breeze lovers in all classes made the most of the conditions with some perfect scores and are closing the gap on some of the regatta leaders. Today will see the last day of finals and the last chance to break into the top ten for medal race participation.

One of Annalise's arch rivals, Evi Van Acker (BEL) is continuing undefeated in the Laser Radial finals with two more bullets added to her perfect score. It has been a formidable performance eclipsing Annalise's own heavy weather speed edge. The 2014 SWC Champion is obviously enjoying the breezy conditions and is closing the gap on Alison Young (GBR) who is conserving a one point lead going into the last day of finals. "There is a very strong competition in this regatta. It has been good racing and I have been consistent in all conditions. We will see what the rest brings in." Van Acker said.

Annalise's capsize dropped her out of the top ten for the first time in the competition, scoring an 11th, her discard, in race seven. The main hope for an Irish sailing medal in Rio tweeted last night: 'A hard day for me today including a unintentional swim in the second race. In 3rd overall now'.

After scoring some big points in the first day of finals, the Spanish FX team of Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos are back in contention with a win and top five results. They are placing second overall, just four points behind Danish sisters Maiken and Anne-Julie Foght-Schutt. The Royal Irish Yacht Club's Glamrockers Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey are in the top half of the skiff fleet, 21st from 47.

Despite a penalty collected for starting too early, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) are conserving a healthy 21 points lead over Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER), but can't make any more mistake. The German have also increased their lead to 22–points over Brazilian team of Bianchi and Lowbeer. Another two top ten places (7,8) scored by the Belfast Lough 49er pair Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern keep them eighth overall and in medal race contention barring slip–ups today.

Overall Class leaders going into Friday's racing are:

470 Men: Luke Patience / Elliot Willis, GBR
470 Women: Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie, NZL
49er: Peter Burling / Blair Tuke, NZL
49er FX: Maiken Foght Schutt / Anne-Julie Foght Schutt, DEN
Finn: Giles Scott, GBR
Laser: Philipp Buhl, GER
Laser Radial: Alison Young, GBR
NACRA 17: Billy Besson / Marie Riou, FRA
RS:X Men: Julien Bontemps, FRA
RS: X Women: Charline Picon, FRA
2.4 Metre: Megan Pascoe, GBR
Dragon: Patrick Monteiro De Barros / Pedro Manuel, POR

Class winners:
Kiteboard Men: Florian Trittel, ESP
Kiteboard Women: Elena Kalinina, RUS

Published in Olympic

#rio – After an early lead this week Annalise Murphy dropped to eighth on Tuesday but this morning is back up to second overall as Spain's Trofeo Sofia regatta in Palma moves into its final stages. The Radial fleet has been full of surprises with change of leadership and some unexpected outcomes all week. Regatta favourite Marit Bouwmeester of Holland retired from the competition on the second day with a shoulder injury. Despite the absence of the world #1, the Gold fleet shows no shortage of talents. After a productive "off season" in Australia and two victories at Sail Sydney and the Melbourne SWC, Alison Young (GBR) has returned to take the lead of the Gold fleet in front of Annalise Murphy and Anne Marie Rindom (DEN). World #2 Evi van Acker (BEL) took the bullets today to climb into fourth position.

The Trofeo Sofia title will be hard fought today and tomorrow with medal races scheduled for Saturday morning.

Published in Annalise Murphy

#annalisemurphy – The National Yacht Club's Annalise Murphy dealt well with the demanding conditions in the Bay of Palma yesterday in the opening rounds of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia in Mallorca.  In the Radial, experienced sailors Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR), Alison Young (GBR) and Annalise are top three after two races in gusty winds. Annalise lived up to her Irish Sports Council star billing as a 'podium athlete' and leads Irish squad fortunes so far in Spain with Irish Olympic class sailors also competing in the 49er, 49erFX and the Laser dinghy classes.

The wind played dirty tricks all day in Palma on sailors and race committees who had to juggle with big shifts and different pressure. From 4 to 20 knots, and reaching 40 in some gusts, the wind turned around the bay playing with everybody's nerves! However, the show was on with the bay covered with white caps and the 800 boats that raced their first day in the event.

The Finns were the first fleet to return ashore with two races completed. World champion Giles Scott (GBR) took the first race, managing the shifts to his advantage.

The wind played havoc in the first women 470 race with two third of the fleet in the blue group failing to finish within the time limit.

Sailing the Nacra today proved to be quite an athletic performance with gusts reaching over 30 knots. Only ten boats managed to finish the first race in both groups where capsizes and broken equipment was a common sight

Olympic medalists and World champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) are taking a perfect start in the 49er event with two victories. Northern Ireland skiff pair Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern are 14th from 71. 

Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (ESP) proved just as good with a clean score in the FX. Dun Laoghaire's Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey are 29th from 40.

Jesper Stalheim (SWE), Tom Burton (AUS) and Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) have claimed the only race sailed in the three laser groups. Belfast lough's James Espey lies 64th from 150.

Only eight out of 45 windsurfers crossed the finish line in the Men RS:X yellow group. Today windy race was won by World champion Julien Bontemps (FRA) and Samuel Sills (GBR) in the Men and by Maayan DAVIDOVICH (ISR) and Sofia Keplacka (POL) in the women.

For the second day in a row, the kites didn't race. The wind was either too strong or too gusty to allow for proper racing.

Racing continues today for all classes.

Published in Annalise Murphy

#lasersailing – After Friday's blowout in the Zhik Irish Laser National Championships, it was great to see the forecast hold true  on Belfast Lough yesterday with a sunny start to the morning and 12-15 knots with a few gusts and lulls along the way writes Mark Mackey. The wind stayed fairly true in direction all day with just the odd hole or squall to cope with.

Although only 2 races have been completed so far, the Laser organisation opted to stick to 3 one hour races rather than try to catch up on the schedule. James Espey in the Laser Standard again rose to the fore winning all three races and apart from the first race when Darragh O'Sullivan held him off till the first downwind, led the rest of the fleet around all the marks. Behind James, there has been great competition. Fionn "Stallion" Lyden has shown great speed downwind (or faster than Colin Leonard who came 4th in Race 1). Finn Lynch dropped out of the first group on Race 1 but cam back to score 3 and 2 on the next races and liers equal with Fionn going into the final day.

In the Radial fleet, Annalise Murphy lies first with only 5 nett point sbut had a more mixed day with some of the future young stars mixing it up. Last year's Topper World Champion and in his first year in Radials - Liam Glynn had a good day with 5,3,2 and lies in scond place overall from Cian Byrne. ISAF Youth Worlds silver medallist Seafra Guilfoyle had a worse day even with a bullet in the final race, scoring a DNF and BFD in Race 1 and 2 and drops down to 13th. Cian Byrne was the other beneficiary and moves up to 3rd overall with a win in Race 2 today.

Ballyholme's Sorcha Donnelly (who sails from Skerries but has always competed from BYC) led Race 2 but misread the earlier staring flags - one of the Irish Radial nuances is that they drop the "sausage" if there is a general recall. Race Officer Robin Gray, getting used to the tricks of some forcing general recalls so that they have shorter races, started using AP's instead 5 seconds before the start meaning they should have sailed the longer course. Sorcha led at the first mark and took a group of her fellow radials with her around the wrong course scoring RET in the end.

In the 4.7 fleet young Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan continues to set the bar with a 1 and 2, leading from Ballyholme's Rory Fekkes who won Race 2 today. Ronan Walsh, another Cork youngster, won the final race of the day

Overall:

Standards

1 James Espey 1,1,1,1,1,
2 Finn Lynch (Youth) 3,2,6,3,2
3 Fionn Lyden 2,6,3,2,3
4 Darragh O'Sullivan 7,5,2,4,4
5 Colin Leonard 4,3,4,6,8
9 Nick Walsh (Master) 14,4,11,16,12

Radials:

1 Annalise Murphy 1,1,1,2,3
2 Liam Glynn 6,4,5,3,2
3 Cian Byrne 2,6,6,1,7
4 Ross O'Sullivam 16,5,3,4,4
5 Conor O'Beirne 11,7,2,7,5

4.7

1. Johnny Durcan 2,1,1,13,2
2. Rory Fekkes 8,2,4,1,4
3. Rory Caslin 9,4,2,4,8
4. Conor Sheriff 5,8,3,15,6
5. Ronan Walsh 18,16,7,2,1

Published in Laser

#laser – The complete absence of any Irish Laser Radial presence at Weymouth for the RYA youth nationals this week is explained by the eight Irish sailors competing at the Laser Europa Cup in Marseille, France. Royal Cork's Seafra Guilfoyle produced a significant 15th overall and top Irish result in the 158–boat fleet. A total of 346 sailors with ages ranging from 15 to 79 competed in this edition of the 2014 series.

Other Irish results were 21 Cian Byrne, 36 Ross O'Sullivan, 48 Dara O'Shea, 66 Ryan Glynn, 71 Liam Glynn, 84 Sarah Eames and 93 Sorcha Ni Shuilleabhan.

French sailor Romain Simonnot (FRA) took the title in the Radial fleet finishing on 21 points followed by another tie between second and third place. Marie Bolou (FRA) and William De Smet (BEL) were tied on 25 points with the French sailor breaking the tie having recorded more third place finishes.

There was a bit of everything wind wise including shifty light to around 15 knots at times.

Racing which concluded today got off most days at around noon except for the third day when the first start was at about five and sailors docking as the sun went down.

First place on the podium for the Standard fleet went to Maxim Nikolaev (RUS) who after 8 races and one discard finished on 17 points.

There was a tie of 19 points for second and third place. Antony Munos (FRA) with two bullets on the final day grabbed second overall and Thorbjorn Schierup (DEN) took third.

The largest fleet of all with a total of 119 competitors was the Laser 4.7. Racing was dominated by Federico Fornasari (ITA) who finished on 10 points from 7 races including one discard. Second place went to Seref Unlu (TUR) on 33 points and Aurelien Pierroz (FRA) with 35 points wrapped up the podium.

Results here.

Published in Laser

#kinsale – Well it proved to be a Lose Lose day in Kinsale. Ireland lost in Rugby and the KYC Frostbite Series lost to the Gales!

The wind at 11.00 am was recorded at a mere 10 knots so the Committee boat headed out to set a course. However as the windward mark was about to be set some 30 minutes later, the wind reading had increased to 26 knots so racing was abandoned in the interests of safety.

Several Squibs and Lasers had launched so enjoyed a blast around the harbour before heading back to the Clubhouse for the presentation of prizes for the series.

Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore Finny O'Regan gave an opening address thanking Seamus McLaverty of ASM marine for his continuing support as sponsor for the Frostbites.

He also thanked Bruce Matthews for his involvement in and support of the Frostbites going back 25 years.

Thanks were also expressed for all the Club members who helped make the Frostbites possible, from the mark-layers and safety boat personnel to those ashore in particular Caroline Forde who did sterling work on the results and weekly race reports.

June Matthews (pictured below left) presented the prize winners in each class with their trophies.

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June Matthews, Rob Gill , KYC Commodore Finny O'Regan, Colm Dunne. Rob Gill & Colm Dunne receiving 1st place prize in the Squib Fleet.

The Prize winners were as follows:
Squib Class:
1st Allegro, Colm Dunne & Rob Gill KYC 2nd Lazurus, Colm Daly & Marcus Hutchinson KYC 3rd Fagin, Colm & Finny O'Regan KYC

Laser Full Rig Class:
1st Sean Murphy KYC
2nd James Long, Inniscarra
3rd Ian Travers KYC

Laser 4.7 Rig Class:
1st Billy Duane RCYC
2nd Ben Hunt KYC
3rd Jamie Tingle RCYC

Laser Radial Class:
1st Sorcha Ni Shuilleabhain KYC
2nd Cliodhna O'Regan KYC
3rd Sean Gambier-Ross KYC

Published in Kinsale

#laser – The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has announced 2014 regional Squads for the Laser 4.7 & Radial.

Leinster Radial Squad: Sandy Aplin, Mark Bolger, Patrick Cahill, Chloe Eggers, Ciaran Finnegan, Jack Higgins, Aoife Hopkins, Luke Murphy & Dougie Power

Munster Radial Squad: Eva Donworth, Thomas McGrath, Dara O'Shea, Scott O'Sullivan & Richard Thompson

Leinster 4.7 Squad: Evie Byrne, Nicole Hemeryck, Richard Hogan, Conor Kneafsey & Conor Sherriff

Munster 4.7 Squad: Jack Carroll, Billy Duane, Johnny Durcan, Luke Horgan, Florence Lyden, Luke McGrath & Jamie Tingle

Published in Youth Sailing
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#laser – Ireland's Ryan Glynn is fifth overall and just two points off third in the radial division of the UK Laser championships at Paignton Sailing Club this week. Team mate Fionn Conway lies third in a 33-boat 4.7 division. Glynn –  who was the standout performance last month in Wexford, winning the Leinsters with straight wins –  leads 12 Irish boats in the 127-boat radial fleet. Results here.

With entries from several international associations, a strong Irish contingent and sailors from across the home countries this year's Nationals were always going to be keenly contested. The 220 competitors were divided into 53 Standard rigs, 127 Radials split into Yellow & Blue Groups for the first four day's racing and 40 Laser 4.7s, which have their own course and race team.

In a good SSW breeze of 20kts all three fleets completed their scheduled two races each. In the Standard fleet Portugal's Gustavo Lima won the first race ahead of Australian Luke Elliott before home sailor Jack Wetherell took the 2nd gun. In the Radial Fleet there were two wins for John Booth who leads overnight from Jon Emmett (2, 1) with Matthew Stephens (3, 2) in 3rd place. Irish helm Patrick Cahill was the unluckiest sailor of the day recording two premature starts under the black flag. (Oscar Wilde's quip comes to mind). In the Laser 4.7 fleet 16 year old Romas Ovcinnikov's trip from Lithuania has been very worthwhile so far as he won both his races ahead of Ross Banham.

Racing continues for the rest of the week until Friday.

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#laser – Ryan Glynn in the Radials with straight firsts was the stand-out performance at last weekend's Laser Leinster Championships in Wexford Harbour Boat Club.

Conditions were 5-15 knots and shifty on Saturday then blowing stink Sunday, all in a fantastic warm, but unstable westerly breeze that reduced racing on Sunday to just one race.

Chris Penney and Mattie O'Dowd had a titanic struggle at the top of the Standard fleet and in the 4.7s, Conor O'Beirne of the Royal St. George YC came through in the last race with a nice confidence boost before he heads off this week to Hungary for the 4.7 European championships.

Results below from Wexford Harbour Boat Club

Laser Leinster Championship Std 2013

Entries: 17      Races Sailed: 4      Discard: 1

Series Place Sail No Type of Boat Class Helm Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 201566 S   Chris Penney East Antrim BC 5 3 1 1 3
2 181999 S   Mathew o'Dowd Royal St. George YC 5 1 2 2 2
3 185104 S   Conor Simms Royal Ulster YC 10 2 3 8 5
4 198554 S   Conor Byrne Royal St. George YC 11 6 4 3 4
5 193562 S   Oisin McClelland Ballyholme YC 19 10 8 11 1
6 197364 S   Sean Murphy Kinsale YC 19 8 7 4 10
7 178335 S M Sean Craig Royal St. George YC 20 4 5 12 11
8 201365 S M Stephen Penney East Antrim BC 20 9 12 5 6
9 155068 S M Ross o'Leary Royal St. George YC 21 5 6 10 14
10 191670 S M Colin Galavan Royal Irish YC 24 12 11 6 7
11 185043 S   Peter Cameron East Antrim BC 25 11 10 7 8
12 198560 S   Henry McLaughlin Carlingford Lough YC 25 7 9 9 9
13 181674 S M Troy Hopkins Howth YC 39 13 13 15 13
14 173164 S M Timmy Washington Wexford Harb. B&TC 40 15 14 14 12
15 178689 S M Tommy Fallon Wexford Harb. B&TC 43 14 16 13 18
16 180237 S M Paul Ebrill Wexford Harb. B&TC 47 16 15 16 18
17 137120 S   Don Ryan Wexford Harb. B&TC 54 18 18 18 18

Laser Leinster Championship Radial 2013

Entries: 32      Races Sailed: 4      Discard: 1

Series Place Sail No Type of Boat Class Helm Club Tally Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 198552 R Y Ryan Glynn Ballyholme YC 64 3 1 1 1 1
2 190758 R Y Dougie Power Waterford Harb. SC 19 13 2 2 13 9
3 183948 R Y Ross O'Sullivan Kinsale YC 76 13 14 7 4 2
4 203715 R Y Tim Brow Ballyholme YC 72 13 6 4 7 3
5 181428 R Y Ronan Jones Wexford Harb. B&TC 74 17 9 6 2 33
6 200637 R Y Ruairi Finnegan Waterford Harb. SC 85 17 8 3 33 6
7 191247 R Y Andrew Penney East Antrim BC 45 19 5 5 9 14
8 198780 R Y Tadhg o'Loingsigh Tralee Bay SC 87 21 10 8 3 33
9 201603 R Y Conor o'Farrell Carlingford Lough YC 63 21 12 9 8 4
10 190755 R   John Flynn Dungarvan Harb. SC 12 27 3 12 12 12
11 199054 R Y Gary Fekkes East Antrim BC 93 27 7 14 10 10
12 187591 R Y Kevin Harrington Courtown SC 99 28 18 17 6 5
13 197362 R YL Erica Ruigrok Rush SC 75 29 4 10 15 18
14 198556 R Y Mark Bolger Royal St. George YC 53 31 11 15 5 15
15 190759 R Y Conor Murphy Kinsale YC 6 31 15 13 11 7
16 196533 R Y Sam Wilkinson Ballyholme YC 91 32 13 11 17 8
17 175356 R Y Patrick Cahill Royal St. George YC 55 43 16 22 16 11
18 190774 R YL Aoife Hopkins Howth YC 54 46 21 19 14 13
19 192602 R YL Suzanne Flannigan Ballyholme YC 78 52 33 18 18 16
20 192333 R Y Daire Cournane Kinsale YC 8 55 25 16 20 19
21 201828 R Y Luke Murphy Royal St. George YC 2 59 17 23 19 33
22 178328 R Y Thomas McGrath Royal Cork YC 100 62 19 21 22 33
23 200745 R Y Scott O'Sulivan Kinsale YC 52 65 24 20 33 21
24 191319 R YL Sorcha Donnelly Ballyholme YC 47 65 22 24 23 20
25 201678 R L Jessica Rutherford Hollywood YC 90 67 20 26 21 33
26 197894 R Y Nathaniel Gillett Royal St. George YC 98 69 33 28 24 17
27 198526 R Y Charlie Edgar Donaghadee SC 79 73 23 25 25 33
28 143122 R Y Dermot Wildes Courtown SC 69 86 26 27 33 33
29 186795 R Y Gregory Fay Dungarvan Harb. SC 43 86 28 31 27 33
30 167852 R Y Conor Clery Greystones SC 71 86 27 30 29 33
31 196018 R Y Colm Moloney Courtown SC 66 87 29 32 26 33
32 96255 R Y Aaron Jones Greystones SC 73 87 30 29 28 33

 

Laser Leinster Championship 4.7 2013

Entries: 16      Races Sailed: 4      Discard: 1

Series Place Sail No Type of Boat Class Helm Club Tally Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 183231 4 Y Conor O'Beirne Royal St George YC 4 5 3 1 4 1
2 198435 4 YL Cliodhna o'Regan Kinsale YC 86 6 2 2 2 4
3 180938 4 Y Richard Thompson Royal Cork YC 70 7 10 4 1 2
4 179328 4 Y J.D. Elmes Royal Cork YC 14 12 4 5 3 7
5 203716 4 Y Ciaran Finnegan Waterford Harb. SC 88 14 1 10 12 3
6 201557 4 YL Jocelyn Hill County Antrim YC 84 17 6 3 9 8
7 190754 4 Y Conor Sherriff Courtown SC 94 17 5 7 5 17
8 19736 4 Y Richard Hogan Howth YC 38 19 7 9 6 6
9 189372 4 Y Billy Duane Royal Cork YC 59 22 9 6 7 10
10 172360 4 YL Eva Donworth Royal Cork YC 77 27 11 11 11 5
11 172172 4 L Rebekah Rutherford Hollywood YC 92 31 13 8 10 17
12 198783 4 YL Caoimhe Cotter Wexford Harb. B&TC 57 31 14 12 8 11
13 163142 4 Y Luke McGrath Royal Cork YC 61 34 8 13 13 17
14 188461 4 YL Blathnaid o'Connell Royal St George YC 62 38 12 14 14 12
15 177879 4 Y Robert Wynne Dungarvan Harb. SC 83 43 17 17 17 9
16 190672 4 YL Kate MacAdorey Carlingford Lough YC 89 45 15 15 15 17
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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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