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#Canoeing: Sean Rice was the fastest man in the inaugural Irish Coast Paddling Championships from Greystones to Dún Laoghaire. Another South African, Hayley Jo Nixon took the women’s title. Brother and sister Bernard Cahill and Roisin Cahill from Clare were the best of the Irish – both placed ninth.   

 Rice, who had practiced on the route regularly, said that everything had gone really well in Saturday’s race. One of the greats of canoeing, multiple world champion Hank McGregor, tested Rice at the start and eventually took fourth.


SS1 Final: 1 Sean Rice 1 hr 29 min 26 sec, 2 Cory Hill 1:30.23, 3 Gordan Harbrecht 1:32.12, 4 Hank McGregor 1:32.43, 5 Austin Kieffer 1:32.50, 6 Jasper Mocke 1:33.43, 7 Kenneth Rice 1:34.19; 9 Bernard Cahill 1:35.50.

SK1 Final: Ali Donald 2:00.29. SUP1 Final: Antonin Hales 2:27.09. SS2, SK2, OC2 Final: Dawid Mocke, P Smith 1:28.59; 4 Peter Egan, Mads Brandt Pedersen 1:32.29. SS1, SK1, OC1 Masters Final: Oscar Chalupsky 1:41.00; 3 Malcolm Banks 1:49.26. SS1, SK1, OC1 Young Adults Final: Ronan Foley 1:40.00.  


SS1 Final: 1 Hayley-Jo Nixon 1:44.22, 2 Teneale Hatton 1:44.59, 3 Bridgitte Hartal 1:46.35, 4 Jenna Ward 1:48.55, 5 Angie Le Roux 1:49.30, 6 Rebecca Newson 1:50.41; 9 Roisin Cahill 1:56.30; 10 Jenny Egan 1:58.16.

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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.


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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