Quarter Ton Cup revival

13 boats entered in June's regatta in Cowes

Thursday May 12th 2005, Author: Louise Morton, Location: United Kingdom
The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's decision to revive the Quarter Ton Cup has received a fantastic response and already 13 boats have entered this the first event. The regatta will bring together a wonderful mix of current Quarter Ton sailors and some very familiar faces keen to relive their misspent youths!

The aim is to encourage maximum participation so racing will be run under IRC in order to accommodate yachts in their current format. All yachts built to the Quarter Ton Rule and with a current IRC certificate are eligible to compete in the regatta, which takes place from the RCYC's Cowes Club House from 14 to 17 June 2005.

Entries to date include two former Quarter Ton Cup winners in the shape of 1975 champion 45 South, to be skippered by Laurent Beavrin of France, and Manzanita, which won the 1977 Cup in Helsinki. Manzanita is now owned by Irish sailing duo Neil Kenefick and Joxer O'Brien. On hearing about the regatta Neil and Joxer knew exactly where to go to pick up a couple of team members and calls were made to old friends Ron Holland and Killian Bush who immediately rallied to the cause. Ron Holland's involvement with the Quarter Ton class is legendary and includes winning the 1973 Cup in Weymouth with Eygthene, a boat he designed himself and built with Gary Carlin. Ron will helm Manzanita while Killian, who also had a long and illust! rious involvement with the Quarter Tonners, has agreed to drag himself back onto the bow with Neil and Joxer looking after the middle of the boat.

Other well-known boats competing include Diamond, Purple Haze, Murphy's Law, Dina-Mite, Super Q and the Lil-Scampi class Olivia Anne 6. Among the skippers are Peter Morton, Stephen Bailey, Tony Dodd and Graydon Dawson while Tom Richardson is currently hoping to race again with his original Quarter Ton crew!

News of the Quarter Ton Cup's revival set the Ron Holland Design Team thinking and they decided it was also time to revive one of their much-loved characters - "Seamus of Strand Farmhouse". Back in pre-CAD days many designers had a trademark character that they hid in some part of the drawings. Rob Jacob, then working with Ron Holland Design at Strand Farmhouse in Currabinny, created Seamus. He first appeared on the H-frame of Kialo III, and went on to feature in the creation of many significant Ron Holland Design racing yachts.

When the team eventually focused their skills on the superyacht market Seamus took to drinking heavily in Finbarr Cogan's establishment and disappeared from the yachting scene. When the call came through for Ron Holland to join the Manzanita crew Rob Jacob tracked down Seamus and discovered that, just like the rest of the crew, he hadn't aged a day and was as mischievous as ever. The spritely sailor and his "Still Crazy After All These Years" message so impressed the organisers that they've claimed him for the event.

Naturally an excellent social programme has been put in place with the highlight being a formal dinner where competitors will hopefully be joined by former Quarter Ton sailors including many well-known faces such as designers Stephen Jones, Tony Castro and Rob Humphries and regatta Patron, Bob Fisher

If you would like to take part in the 2005 Quarter Ton Cup or attend the Quarter Ton Cup Revival Dinner please visit www.rcyc.co.uk or contact Louise Morton, Secretary, Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, E-mail louise@rcyc.co.uk, Tel +44 (0)1983 293581, for further information.

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