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The only hat-trick winner of the Irish Sailing Association's (ISA) All Ireland Sailing Championships, Royal Cork's Nicholas O'Leary will not be defending the title when the 2011 event is sailed in two weeks time. Names of the 16 invitees, drawn from dinghy and keelboat classes, were published today. Among those attending is O'Leary's father Anthony representing Cruiser Class Zero and his Crosshaven club mate, the 2011 1720 National Champion Mark Mansfield, a past winner of the event.

Nicholas O'Leary is one of 12 invitees – either national champions or top ranked sailors – who are unavailable to attend. Only 16 of 28 invitees had accepted the invitation by last week's entry deadline.

The Waterways Ireland sponsored event takes place at Lough Derg Yacht Club which was originally scheduled for three days but is now running on the 8th and 9th of October only. The event is raced in J80's.

The 16 invitees are as follows:

Name

Club

Class

Adrian Allen

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Multihull

Roger Bannon

National Yacht Club

Mermaid

Noel Butler

ISA

Fireball

Alan Claffey

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Ruffian

Ben Duncan

Howth Yacht Club

Laser SB3

Brian Goggin

Kinsale Yacht Club

ICRA '2'

David Gorman

National Yacht Club

Flying  Fifteen

Alan Henry

Sutton Dinghy Club

IDRA 14

George Kenefick

Royal Cork Yacht Club

ICRA '3'

Mark Mansfield

Royal Cork Yacht Club

1720

John McGuinness

Moville Sailing Club

GP14

Flor O'Driscoll

Howth Yacht Club

J24

Anthony O'Leary

Royal Cork Yacht Club

ICRA '0'

Pat O'Neill

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

E-Boat

Gordon Patterson

Royal North Yacht Club

Squib

Ryan Seaton

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Olympic 49er

Published in All Irelands

'The big man is back' reports WM Nixon this morning in the Irish Independent's Sailing Column. Reports of the demise of the 1720 are greatly exaggerated he concludes in a nice write up for the class and new champion, former Olympian Mark Mansfield here.

Published in 1720

Perfect sailing conditions off Sherkin Island yesterday with a steady 12-16 knot breeze provided champagne conditions for Mark Mansfield and Terry English and the crew onboard Gut Rut to secure the championship with a 10 point lead and a race to spare.
Denis Murphy from RCYC on Aquatack won the first race of the day and Gut Rot won the second while Nicholas O'Leary onboard T-Bone owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea won the final race in the series.
Neil Angle from Brighton YC was the top UK boat finishing eighth.

1720s

1720s reaching in Baltimore on Saturday. Reader Richard O'Flynn has added more photos to Afloat magazine's facebook page here


Commenting on his win, Mark Mansfield said: 'It was a tremendous event with a very strong tough field sailed in ideal conditions and well organised by Baltimore Sailing Club. No quarter was given nor expected and I think everyone had great sailing over the three days. I have to pay special tribute to my part owner Terry English and the crew, Mike Budd, Joe Bruen and Bernard Fitzpatrick. It was a fantastic showpiece for the 1720 class which is building in numbers significantly.'

Published in 1720

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. 

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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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