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Quarter Ton Yachts
The 1979 built Joubert-Nivelt Quarter Tonner Snoopy is an earyl entry into Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2023
Courtown Sailing Club's 2021 ICRA Class Three Champion Snoopy returns to Dublin Bay this July, where she is an early entry for Ireland's biggest regatta, the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.  Martin Mahon's Wexford campaign boat (with Royal Ulster connections) became the ICRA Divison…
Quarter Ton Cup racing in Cowes
The Notice of Race for the upcoming Quarter Ton Cup in Crosshaven, County Cork, July (13–15, 2023) has been released by Royal Cork Yacht Club and marks the return of the Cup to Cork Harbour for the first time in…
Leading Irish Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge competing in Cork Harbour. Crosshaven's Royal Cork Yacht Club will host the 2023 World Quarter Ton Cup from July 13
Royal Cork Yacht Club will stage the 2023 2023 Quarter Ton Cup in Cork Harbour from July 13-15th, and plans are afoot to make it 'the Quarter Ton sailing event of the decade'. News of the Cup coming to the Irish…
Dominic Losty's Quarter Tonner 'Illegal' competing this Autumn in Cork Harbour
Cove Sailing Club (CSC) elected Quarter Ton yachtsman Dominic Losty as Commodore at Tuesday night's AGM. After a busy and successful year for the Cork Harbour club, Losty takes over from outgoing Niall Hawes. Losty is a long-time Quarter Ton sailor…
The Quarter Tonner Cartoon in action on Dublin Bay. The boat is for sale at €15,000 
The distinctive black hulled Dublin Bay-based Quarter Tonner Cartoon is for sale.  Priced at €15,000, the 1986 vintage Fauroux design is described as one of the fastest quarter tonners, especially in light airs. Built in Antibes using divinycell core technology rather than balsa…
Seven wins from nine races gives Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT the IRC Three Cork Week 2022 title by 11 points in the 19 boat fleet
21 teams enjoyed nine races on windward-leeward and round the cans courses at Cork Week. Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes scored seven race wins out of ten to rocket to the class title. Marcus Ryan’s…
Six wins from seven races gives Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT the IRC Three lead by 12 points in the 19 boat fleet
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron made it six straight bullets in the first race on Thursday at Cork Week but came fifth in the second, proving that the team from Cowes is human! BLT was…
Streaking ahead - Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron won their fifth race in a row and have a big lead in IRC Three on Wednesday, day three of Cork Week Regatta.  Dorgan, Marshall & Losty’s Quarter Tonner Illegal…
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron
There is no stopping Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron, who kept their perfect scoreline on day two of Cork Week with an emphatic win in Race Three of the series to lead the class by…
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron
Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron dominated IRC Three of Volvo Cork Week Regatta today, scoring three straight bullets. Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase (that won overall in the UK at the weekend)…
The 1979 built Joubert-Nivelt Quarter Tonner Snoopy is for sale on Afloat boats for sale
With a statement of her intent delivered at Calves Week in West Cork in August 2021, Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner 'Snoopy' became the ICRA Divison 3 National Champion at the first attempt last September after a superbly sailed series on Dublin Bay in 2021. And…
Anchor Challenge (left) back in Crosshaven with sistership Panic also on the RCYC hardstanding
Although this Quarter Tonner has had three previous Cork owners, Anchor Challenge has spent the past few seasons in a shed in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, well away from her original moorings. Happily now, however, the ICRA class…
Latest arrival - The Quarter Tonner Panic has arrived in Crosshaven
Cork Harbour's Class Three continues to strengthen for the 2022 season with the arrival of three more good Quarter Tonners in the last two months. Royal Cork's Winter League provided a glimpse of the latest moves into the club cruiser class…
Top UK Quarter Tonner Illegal (closest to camera) is heading for Cove Sailing Club this summer
Cove Sailing Club expect another vintage Quarter Tonner to join its fleet this season with the purchase of the UK yacht, 'Illegal'. Former CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan team is part of the syndicate to purchase the new boat that replaces…
The Tingle family's new X-4 Alpaca competing in the third race of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League
Last week's three-way points tie in the Royal Cork O’Leary Insurance Winter League as reported by Afloat here was broken in yesterday's third race by league debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond. Garvey and Kelleher lead on…
The Royal Cork IRC fleet increased from 18 to 23 for the second race of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League in Cork Harbour
A three-way points tie in the Royal Cork O'Leary Insurance Winter League sees debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond continue to lead overall after two races under the tie break rule. As Afloat reported previously the…

About Quarter Tonners

The Quarter Ton Class is a sailing class of the International Offshore Rule racing the Quarter Ton Cup between 1967 and 1996 and from 2005 until today.

The class is sailed by smaller keelboats of similar size and is likely the world's most-produced keelboat class.

The Ton, Half, Quarter, etc. 'classes' were each given a 'length' and yacht designers had almost free rein to work the hull shapes and measurements to achieve the best speed for that nominal length.

The Ton Rules produced cranky and tender boats without actual downwind speed. Measurement points created weird, almost square hull shapes with longish overhangs.

They were challenging to sail optimally and lost value very quickly as any new wrinkle (e.g. 'bustles') to take advantage of the rule made older boats very quickly uncompetitive.

Although its heyday was 30 years ago, the boat class continues to make its presence felt by holding its own in terms of popularity against some fern race fleets.

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