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Dave O'Sullivan is Commodore of Kinsale Yacht Club

From left to right are KYC Commodore Dave O’Sullivan, Dave Ross, Patricia Bertoletti and Bobby Nash
If it’s the first Friday in June then it’s the Bertoletti Trophy Race which is held annually at Kinsale Yacht Club in memory of our esteemed former steward Mario Bertoletti who welcomed one and all to our Club for many…
Commodore David O'Sullivan (left) with the victorious EOS crew
With the Kinsale Yacht Club Fastnet Race safety inspection (WS Cat 3 with Liferaft) and last minute, adjustments complete, the ten boat fleet lined up for a 1400 HRS start last Saturday writes Dave O'Sullivan. It was a tough beat into…
Dragon racing at the open keelboat Regatta
Calendars in Kinsale fill quickly and Sunday saw the annual Ecumenical service of Sea Sunday attract sailors and fishermen and first responders to the seaside town. The annual vintage car rally added character and colour and one mile South of…
Brian Jones’ Jelly Baby
‘O, to be in Kinsale Now that April's there’ to paraphrase the poet. A true wind, a flat sea and a warm sun reminded the combined fleet of the Matthews Helly Hansen sponsored Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series of the…
Great sailing in today's Kinsale Yacht Club Spring league. Scroll down for photo gallery below
"Men Plan, God Laughs", a proverb well illustrated this afternoon in Kinsale when the elements stole away a racing mark and forced RO Donal Hayes to abandon the race and start all over in the Kinsale Yacht Club Matthews Helly…
Class one competitor Bad Company
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina is a hive of activity today as repairs are underway to damage sustained during the gruelling two races of the Matthews Helly Hansen series last Sunday as previously reported by Afloat here. As sails are being taken away…
Conor Doyle's X-50 Freya is third in class one on IRC and ECHO. Scroll down for photo gallery
Kinsale Yacht Club's Matthews Centre and Helly Hansen Spring Series is led by Denis Murphy's Nieulargo on IRC and ECHO after today's first race in breeze writes Dave O'Sullivan. The committee boat, White Tiger, anchored with difficulty just south of Bulman…
James Matthews and his crew on Diamond on starboard at the finish line
The final race of the Frank Godsell sponsored March League took place in gentle spring conditions in Kinsale Yacht Club writes Commodore Dave O’Sullivan. For the third week in a row, the weather favoured the lighter boats and James Matthews and…
Miss Charlie (P. Beckett) is second in the March league at Kinsale
The promised light winds never materialised and the second week of the Frank Godsell sponsored, March League at Kinsale Yacht Club was sailed in a delightful 15-knot breeze writes Dave O'Sullivan. The course, taking in Sandycove and CentrePoint, was testing…
Quarter Tonner Diamond was Kinsale March League First Race Winner
Six boats braved the chilly morning and were soon lining up near the start line at Charles Fort for the first race of the Frank Godsell March League at Kinsale Yacht Club on 18th March 2019.  Race Officer Donal Hayes…
Water borne festivities for St Patrick's Day in Kinsale Harbour
An astonishing array of fishing boats, motor boats and yachts gathered off Charles Fort in Kinsale Harbour at 1930 HRS on Saturday, March 16th writes Dave O'Sullivan. On the command of the Grand Marshall festive lights were switched on and…
Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites Ends, March Sailing League for Cruisers Beckons
There was no Kinsale Yacht Club Custom Rigging Frostbite racing yesterday due to high winds writes Dave O'Sullivan. The overall positions at the end of the series are below. The next KYC event is the Frank Godsell sponsored March League scheduled for…
Squib racing in Kinsale
A south-east lump with a 12-knot breeze (gusting to 18/20 knots later) greeted our competitors on the fourth morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series at Kinsale Yacht Club. Race Officer John Stallard aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) laid…
Squibs at the start of the second lap in the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites
A strong SW breeze greeted our competitors on the third morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series in Kinsale writes Dave O'Sullivan. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Michele Kennelly (welcome back) and Siobhan Keane Hopcraft aboard Destiny (Bruce &…
The Squib Allegro (134), Colm Dunne & Rob Gill, competing in a blustery KYC frostbite series second race
Another amazing sunny day greeted the sailors competing in the Custom Rigging Frostbites in Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday 10th February writes Dave O'Sullivan. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) fixed a…
Great Start for Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites
The Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale Yacht Club got off to a great start on a beautiful sunny Sunday with a medium SW breeze rather than the forecasted gale. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard the lovely…

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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