Quarter ton revival

Quarter Ton Cup to be staged by Royal Corinthian YC next summer

Saturday November 13th 2004, Author: Louise Morton, Location: United Kingdom
The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club is to revive the Quarter Ton Cup in response to the recent resurgence of interest in this classic and much loved IOR class. Already several of the best known Quarter Tonners, including Odd Job, Purple Haze, Diamond, Murphy's Law and a number of Farr 727s, have confirmed their intention to race. The organisers are now actively seeking other Quarter Tonners and are particularly keen to locate past Quarter Ton Cup winners and boats such as Extension, Catch, Needlework and Enigma.

The 2005 Quarter Ton Cup will be run by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes from 15-18 June and it is hoped that the regatta will culminate in the Island Sailing Club's Round the Island Race as the 'offshore race' on Saturday 18 June.

The spirit of the event will be very much about racing the Quarter Tonners in their original format so modern carbon rigs and other more recent and costly modifications will not be allowed. Fun competitive racing, great partying, renewing old friendships and making new ones will be the key elements of the regatta.

Bob Fisher, legendary yachting journalist and one time owner of the Quarter Tonner Wings, has agreed to be Patron of the event and is personally looking forward to competing. "It is far too long since the last Quarter Ton Cup was held - this used to be the breeding ground of offshore sailors, designers and engineers. The boats need ingenuity and the sailors need skill and resourcefulness - the combination used to be electric," said Fisher.

Owners of Quarter Tonners and other interested parties are asked contact Louise Morton at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club here.

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