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Frank Whelan's Lola from Dublin Bay leads the 13-boat Squib champs in Kinsale. The results are here and event photos here. 

 

 

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Published in Kinsale
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29th April 2010

Squibs Set Sail in Kinsale

The Irish South Coast Squib Championship sponsored by Marine Motors Matthews of Cork, & Calco Ireland Ltd. takes place in Kinsale Yacht Club, in conjunction with the National Squib Owners Association, from Saturday 1st May to Sunday 2nd May with Monday 3rd May held as a reserve day.

Principal Race Officer is John Stallard accompanied by Bruce Matthews and his boat Anerika.

Races will be sailed in the waters outside Kinsale Harbour between the Old Head of Kinsale and the Sovereign Islands and the courses shall be Windward-Leeward with a maximum of 4 races per day.

Kinsale Squib Class Vice Captain, Neil J Prenderville is expecting a large turnout, with 6 entries confirmed already from the Dublin Bay Fleets, as the Class gears up for the The Squib National Championships 2010 to be held at the Royal St George Yacht Club in June.

Published in Kinsale
Page 11 of 11

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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