Half Ton Classics Cup 2011
- Cowes (GBR) 21 - 26 AUG 2011
blog of the Half Ton Classic Cup
round-up by Vincent Delany'...
TON CLASSICS CUP AT ROYAL CORINTHIAN CLUB, COWES 2011.
38 competitors of the fifth edition of the Half Ton Classics Cup at Cowes
from 22nd to 26th
August, sponsored by South Boats was the largest entry to date for
this event, and included 20 British boats, 8 Belgian Boats, 6 French boats
and one visitor from Finland, Germany and Ireland.
of the key designers of the1971 to 1992 IOR period were represented. There
were 6 Daniel Andrieu designed boats,
6 by Stephen Jones, 4 by Joubert /Nievelt,
4 by Jean Berret, 3 Ed Dubois, 3 Rob Humphreys, 2 Hugh Welbourne,
and 1 from Lees, Jeppesen, Sodergren, Bergstrom, Nissen, Ceccerelli,
Holland, Laurie Davidson, and Magnussen. The only major racing yacht
designer not represented was Bruce Farr.
winning boat of the 9 inshore and one offshore race series was Michael
Kershaw’s ‘Chimp’, a ‘one-off’ designed by Jean Berret in 1978
and built in wood. She has been modified with a swept back rig but did not
use the runners while racing. She is a lightweight, but not an extreme
boat by the standards of the Class. She is 9.4m long by 3.02m wide and
1,79 deep with an IRC handicap of .931. Her 4, 2, 2, 3, 4, 2, 2, 1, 1, 4
placings showed very consistent performance.
is worth noting that the Half Ton Cup has been won by a team from the host
country in each edition of the event since 2003, and ‘Chimp’ continues
to maintain this record.
33 YEAR OLD ‘CHIMP’ LOOKING AS GOOD AS NEW.
place was taken by Philippe Pilate’s defending Champion ‘General
Tapioca’ from Nieuwpoort, Belgium, which was involved in a serious road
accident early in 2011 which was repaired in time for the event by working
around the clock. She is a similar boat to ‘Chimp’, but one which has
been subject of greater modification resulting in a high IRC handicap of
.957. She also was designed by Jean Berret in 1978 and built in wood. She
has been modified with a swept back spreader rig with a high aspect 110%
jib, and a modern post-IOR keel with narrow chord and bulb. Her
1, 4, 1, 1, 3, 3, 5, 3, 2 placings
in the windward-leeward races were almost good enough for her to win the
event, but she had a 10th place in the double scoring offshore
race which was not discardable.
VARIETY OF DIFFERENT STYLES OF I.O.R. TRANSOMS.
place was taken by Plymouth based Francis Marshall in the historic
‘Concorde 1989’ designed by Daniel Andrieu, and constructed in carbon.
She was Alain Gautier’s winning boat in the Solitaire de Figaro race of
1989. She has a length of
8.98 m, beam of 3.05 m, and draft of 1.85 m. She has not been
substantially changed since new.
of the closely matched group of 1980’s Andrieu designs was Tim and David
Cunliffe’s ‘Insatiable’ in fourth place overall, ahead of Nicholas
Hurst’s ‘Miss Whiplash’ (13th place) , Charles Jacob’s
‘Ballerine’ (21st place), and N. Lejeune and J-M Gillès’s
‘Skippys Ton’(22nd place).
Elisa’, Robbie Tregear’s 1992 Italian Ceccerelli design, now based in
Falmouth, was one of the finest looking boats at the event, but could she
not live up to her high IRC handicap of .963. At 2250kg she was probably
the lightest boat competing in the event. Despite some fine performances
she discarded 31st and 15th places, but had to count
two12th place finishes to finish in 5th place
overall. Most races were competed in wind strengths between 9 and 22
Cau’s ‘Sibelius’ (1980) was the best of the Joubert/Nivelt designs
and finished in 6th place over the series. Her very deep keel must have
contributed to her 40 minute period sitting on Ryde Sands during the Round
the Island Race, which put an end to her podium aspirations. She was
undoubtedly one of the highest pointing, and quickest boats off the start
lines in the windward-leeward races. Tom Florizoone’s beautiful ‘Red
Cloud’ (1981) by the same designers took 17th place from Jean
Ado’s ‘Philemon’(1980) and Jean-Benoit Boel’s ‘Envol’ (1980)
which won the Half Ton True Spirit award.
Michelin’s 1978 Ron Holland designed Shamrock ‘Chani’ was top
production boat. It was driven by beautiful 3DL sails which gave her a win
on the 55 mile offshore race around the Isle of Wight which took her 8
hours 22 minutes. She was one of the small number of mast-head rigs
competing in the event, and finished 7th overall on equal
points with Eagleton and Waterhouse’s (1984) ‘Sevcon Team Chia
of the Stephen Jones designed boats was David Evans’s ‘Hullabaloo
XV’ a Hustler 32 which is among the largest boats in the fleet with a
long hull and a big rig, but an IRC handicap of .917, and took 9th
place overall. Mel Sharp’s remarkable looking 1981 ‘Demolition’ (18th
place) and Joshua Major’s similar ‘Smiffy’(32nd place)
are among the longest and narrowest Half Tonners (at water level) ever.
These boats have tumble-home to write home about.
was intense over the entire 38 boat fleet. The four varnished boats, led
by Mark Wynter’s Dubois designed 1978 ‘Alchemist’, from Paul
Newell’s Welbourne designed ‘Chartreuse’ (1978) and Ian Van Burm’s
Rob Humphreys designed ‘Fantasy’ (1983) and John and Jenny Dudley’s
Lees designed ‘Pinball Wizard’ (1978). Despite their age, they looked
magnificent but could not compete with the skillfully prepared and crewed
boats at the head of the fleet. It is interesting to note that despite
having a painted hull Denzil Williams’ timber ‘Santa Evita’ from
Milford Haven is almost a sistership of ‘Alchemist’ with a swept back
rig which took 11th place overall. She was used as a mould for
Ian Bowker’s GRP ‘High Hopes’ which took 24th place.
oldest boat competing was Michael Langhans ‘Strolch’, a German based
1971 Alban Ballad. Despite being the slowest and smallest boat in the
fleet, with huge overlapping headsail and IRC handicap of .872, she took
20th place overall.
a fun event with crew parties each night. It is now clear that the best
location for such an event is in a Club which can be reached by water from
England, Belgium and France, the locations where the greatest number of
Half Tonners are racing. In two years time the event will be in France at
a location yet to be agreed..
‘PINBALL WIZARD’ and ‘CHARTREUSE’.