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Top Performer Anchor Challenge Rejoins the Cork Harbour Quarter Tonners

13th March 2022
Anchor Challenge (left) back in Crosshaven with sistership Panic also on the RCYC hardstanding
Welcome home 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 champion yacht is back in Crosshaven under new ownership and as our photo above shows she joins a growing Cork Harbour a Quarter Ton movement at Crosshaven and Cobh. 

As regular Afloat readers will know, Anchor Challenge's last Cork owner was Paul Gibbons who was good on enthusiasm, and good on performance, taking this classic Quarter Tonner to an overall win in the IRC Europeans at Crosshaven in July 2016.

Cork Harbour's Class Three continues to strengthen for the 2022 season with the arrival of several other good Quarter Tonners in the last two months as Afloat reports here

See Bob Bateman's photos below of Anchor Challenge's last season in Irish waters.

Anchor Challenge

Anchor Challenge

Anchor Challenge

Anchor Challenge

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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.