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Three More Quarter Tonners Strengthen Cork Harbour's Class Three Yacht Racing Fleet

7th March 2022
Latest arrival - The Quarter Tonner Panic has arrived in Crosshaven
Latest arrival - The Quarter Tonner Panic in Crosshaven Credit: Bob Bateman

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 that is providing 'great, great racing'.

Overall, the fleet includes some authentic classic designs, including an Albin Express, various Quarter Tonners, a Bolero, vintage J24s an HB31 and a Trapper 250. 

Panic has just arrived from Northern Ireland, Illegal came from Cowes as Afloat reported previously and Anchor Challenge, a championship-winning boat (that has had three previous Cork owners) returns to the harbour for 2022. The last owner was Paul Gibbons who won the 2016 IRC Europeans held at Cork Week

"The fleet includes some authentic classics, including an Albin Express, various Quarter Tonners, a Bolero, vintage J24s an HB31 and a Trapper 250"

What's the attraction of this size of cruiser? Most likely, it is the opportunity to sail with a small crew, often made up of just family and friends. And the fact that it is easily towed and provides cruiser racing on a budget is also a big factor, say insiders.

Also read: 'Great, Great Racing' is the Reason Why 25-Foot is the New Ideal Club Cruiser Racer Size in Cork Harbour Team

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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.