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#SailingClubs - Sailing holiday firm Sunsail is ‘Funding the Future for Sailing Clubs’ in a new UK-wide competition for £5,000 in funding.

As British Marine reports, sailing and yachting clubs across Britain taking part must submit a business plan to detail what they would do with the funding — from new equipment to membership drives to youth sail training and more.

The club with the most innovative idea, as judged by a panel including Volvo Ocean Race veteran Dee Caffari, will win the investment to bring their plans to fruition — as well as a place on Sunsail’s stand at January’s London Boat Show.

British Marine has more on the story HERE.

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#TradeNewsBBC News reports that nearly 100 jobs could be at risk in Portsmouth as sailing holiday firm Sunsail plans to relocate its operations to London.

The company, which specialises in sailing tourism and boat rentals, says it is consulting individually with staff as it consolidates with other brands under the Specialist Holidays Group umbrella - including yacht operator The Moorings - at a new headquarters in Surbiton.

However, the company has confirmed that its UK operations of schools and events will remain in Port Solent and are not affected by the relocation plans.

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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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