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The Royal Cork Yacht Club has announced that its dining facilities will close until late spring at the earliest due to a slump in business over the last year, the Irish Examiner reports.
The club recently put its chef on temporary lay-off and made its restaurant manager redundant following a "significant downturn in all club dining support during 2010".
But club admiral Paddy McGlade is hopeful that the restaurant will reopen in April, noting that is it normal practice for the restaurant to close during seasonally slack periods.
He added that it would be "inappropriate" for the club to use its cash reserves to keep the restaurant open in the present climate.
The Crosshaven-based club is the home of ther biennial Cork Week, one of the biggest events on the Irish sailing calendar, scheduled to return in July 2012.

The Royal Cork Yacht Club has announced that its dining facilities will close until late spring at the earliest due to a slump in business over the last year, the Irish Examiner reports.

The club recently put one staff member on temporary lay-off and made another redundant following a "significant downturn in all club dining support during 2010", the newspaper reports.

But club admiral Paddy McGlade is hopeful that the restaurant will reopen in April, noting that is it normal practice for the restaurant to close during seasonally slack periods.

He added that it would be "inappropriate" for the club to use its cash reserves to keep the restaurant open in the present climate.

The downturn is affecting a lot of sailing clubs who must wait some months yet before the main 2011 sailing season starts.

The Crosshaven-based club is the home of ther biennial Cork Week, one of the biggest events on the Irish sailing calendar, scheduled to return in July 2012.

Published in Royal Cork YC

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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