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#Rowing: Portora’s junior 18A eight had exactly two seconds to spare over the Queen’s University intermediate eight in the second race at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast. Club eights from Yarm School and Commercial were credited with the same time in third and fourth.
Lagan Head of the River 2015 - Race 2 4200m at 13:30hrs
RESULTS by Time - Provisional - Masters handicap not applied
POSITION CREW
NUMBER Club Class Cox/Steerer Time % of winning
time Comments
1 1 Portora Mens J18A 8+ R Farragher 14:35.4 100.00
2 7 QUBBC Mens Intermediate 8+ C Moorehead 14:37.4 100.23
3 15 Yarm School Mens Club 1 8+ O Cairns 15:08.7 103.81
4 14 Commercial Mens Club 1 8+ S Eustace 15:08.7 103.81
5 9 DUBC Mens Intermediate 8+ H Mulvaney 15:12.8 104.27
6 12 Portora Mens Senior 4X- B Rix 15:14.7 104.49
7 8 St Josephs Mens Intermediate 8+ C R Wanjau 15:14.7 104.49
8 2 Methodist A Mens J18A 8+ A Mawhinney 15:22.7 105.40
9 4 Commercial Mens J18A 8+ B McGuiness 15:28.6 106.08
10 29 Comm/OCBC/Neptune/BBC (d ) Mens Masters 8+ J Malloy 15:46.6 108.13
11 17 QUBBC Mens Club 1 8+ A Sloan 15:51.4 108.68
12 21 St Josephs A Mens J16 8+ E Finnegan 16:13.2 111.17
13 5 Neptune Mens J18A 8+ A Gillick 16:22.8 112.27
14 3 RBAI Mens J18A 8+ M Honan 15:22.7 105.40
15 10 Belfast RC / Lagan Mens Senior 4X- T McGivern 16:24.4 112.46
16 26 QUBLBC Womens Intermediate 8+ G Canham 16:32.1 113.33
17 25 DULBC Womens Senior 8+ N Williams 16:32.1 113.34
18 19 Neptune Mens Club 1 8+ P Dolan 16:36.0 113.78
19 18 DUBC B Mens Club 1 8+ A McCormick 16:44.4 114.74
20 16 DUBC A Mens Club 1 8+ C Keogh 16:47.2 115.06
21 22 Portora Mens J16 8+ B Corrigan 16:47.3 115.06
22 34 Bann Womens Senior 4X- A Odonovan 16:52.1 115.61
23 27 DULBC Womens Intermediate 8+ B Murphy 17:00.4 116.57
24 31 Belfast BC (f ) Mens Masters 8+ E Bell 17:00.6 116.59
25 40 Portora Womens J18A 8+ S Dolan 17:01.3 116.67
26 30 Belfast RC (f ) Mens Masters 8+ S Mairs 17:04.2 116.99
27 13 St Josephs Mens Senior 4X- F Vickers 17:07.0 117.31
28 24 Methodist Mens J16 8+ C Woods 17:12.9 117.99
29 28 Bann (d ) Mens Masters 8+ C Mitchell 17:13.3 118.04
30 11 Lagan Mens Senior 4X- P Cross 17:15.6 118.30
31 6 Methodist B Mens J18A 8+ D Morrow 17:25.5 119.43
32 20 DUBC C Mens Club 1 8+ J Davis 17:38.6 120.93
33 37 Commercial Womens Senior 4- K Curran 17:42.5 121.37
34 32 LVBC (f ) Mens Masters 8+ M Warnock 17:49.4 122.16
35 41 Commercial A Womens J18A 8+ S Carpenter 17:51.1 122.36
36 38 Methodist Womens J18A 8+ S McKeown 18:22.1 125.90
37 46 Belfast BC (e ) Womens Masters 8+ C Watters 18:28.4 126.62
38 45 Yarm School Womens Club 1 8+ J Dodds 18:31.6 126.98
39 36 QUBLBC Womens Senior 4- A Buck 18:32.0 127.03
40 43 DULBC A Womens Club 1 8+ C O'Donnell 18:34.1 127.26
41 35 Belfast RC Womens Senior 4X- L Taylor 18:50.0 129.09
42 49 Portora A Womens J16 8+ R Conway 18:56.0 129.77
43 42 DULBC B Womens Club 1 8+ S Oster 19:40.0 134.80
44 50 Commercial Womens J16 8+ K Hynes 19:49.4 135.87
45 39 Commercial B Womens J18A 8+ E Hoban 20:05.8 137.75
46 47 Belfast RC (c ) Womens Masters 8+ S Smith 20:21.0 139.48
47 23 St Josephs B Mens J16 8+ B Holland 20:22.8 139.68
48 33 Portadown Womens Senior 4X- A Martin 21:04.0 144.39
49 48 Portora B Womens J16 8+ D Hutton 21:47.1 149.31
50 44 Belfast BC Womens Club 1 8+ J Penman 23:30.1 161.08
51 51 Yarm School Womens 14 4X+ F Willmott 26:12.5 179.64
Lagan Head of the River is organised by Belfast Rowing Club
with assistance from Lagan Scullers Club, Methodist College Boat Club, RBAI Rowing Club
and Belfast Boat Club
and Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Belfast City Centre Regeneration Directorate
SSE Arena
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Published in Rowing

#Rowing: Sanita Puspure finished fifth in the A/B Semi-Final of the women’s single sculls at the World Cup regatta in Lucerne today. She is now set to compete in the B Final. Kim Crow of Australia set a hot pace, with Genevra Stone and Fie-Udby Erichsen of Denmark filling second and third in the early stages. Puspure was fifth after 500 metres and did not improve that position as the race went on. Fiona Bourke of New Zealand took third behind Crow and Stone.

World Cup Regatta, Lucerne – Day One (Irish interest; selected results)

Men

Lightweight Pair – Repechage (First Four to A Final): 4 Ireland (M O’Donovan, S O’Driscoll) 6:50.28.

Women

Double Sculls – A/B Semi-Final (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Belarus 7:14.98, 2 Germany 7:17.52, 3 Greece 7:19.13; 5 Ireland (H Hannigan, L Dilleen) 7:26.75.

Lightweight Double – A/B Semi-Final (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 South Africa 7:35.26, 2 US 7:36.79, 3 Germany 7:39.14; 5 Ireland (C Lambe, S Jennings) 7:44.11

Single Sculls – A/B Semi-Final (First Three to A Final; rest to B Final): 1 Australia (K Crow) 7:55.81, 2 United States (G Stone) 8:00.20, 3 New Zealand (F Bourke) 8:03.10; 5 Ireland (S Puspure) 8:11.50.

Lightweight Single – Repechage One (Two to A Final; rest to B Final): 3 Ireland (D Walsh) 8:11.47.

Published in Rowing

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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