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Subaru Ireland are delighted to announce they have come on board and and are ready to set sail as the main sponsor and vehicle partner of the Flying Fifteen World Championships 2019.

Subaru also becomes a sponsor and corporate vehicle partner of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, which will host the event from 2-13 September on Dublin Bay.

Speaking at the launch last week, held at the NYC, Commodore Ronan Beirne said: “Subaru is a quality brand, and to endorse the National Yacht Club as vehicle partner and for the Flying Fifteen World Championship hosted by the club allows us to share the Subaru brand definition of ‘Confidence in Motion’ as our members enjoy sailing and as the National Yacht Club prepares for the only World Sailing Championships to take place in Irish waters in 2019.”

Sean Dunne, director of Subaru Ireland said: “We are very proud to become a partner of the National Yacht Club and excited to be the main sponsor and vehicle partner of the Flying Fifteen World Championships next year.

“Our historical association with the NYC sailing club goes back to the last time the Subaru F15 World Championships were held in Ireland in 2003.

“The association with NYC adds to our growing portfolio of sponsorships that includes Dublin GAA, TG4 and Monkstown Hockey Club. We were delighted that two members from the All-Ireland winning Dublin football team, Con O’Callaghan and Eoghan O’Gara, joined us for the announcement in the National Yacht Club.

“See you on the water next year for the Subaru F15 World Championships 2019.”

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, seven Irish Flying Fifteens have automatically qualified for next year’s Worlds.

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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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