One Ton Cup line up

The IC45 class fight out their World Championship in St Tropez this year

Tuesday August 27th 2002, Author: Stephanie Nadin/James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
Once again this year the IC45 class will fight it out for the One Ton Cup, but this year teams will be fighting for this, the oldest French yachting trophy and its legendary 10kg solid silver cup, in St Tropez from 7-12 October.

Amongst the participants who have already registered is Georges Andreadis with Atalanti X, who will be there to defend his title. This former Greek banker of 60, has approximately 50 years of experience in sailing and racing. But he will have some hard work to do, as the two K Challenge training boats - ONE and TWO - used by the team in their preparations for the 2006 America's Cup, will also be taking part and for them the regatta will be sailed in local waters.

Dawn Riley will be at helm on K Challenge One, with Alain Fedensieu for tactics while K Challenge Two, will have Nicolas Charbonnier, European 470 Champion, as skipper and Laurent Pages taking care of the tactics. Pages finished in second place in the Tour Voile in July.

Michel Duquenne's Cavale Bleue will also be taking part with match racing expert Thierry Peponnet at helm. Peponnet is also part of the K Challenge's team, but this will not prevent an all-out war with his colleagues.

From the UK is Wolf, Glynn Williams' IC45 who will be using the Voiles de Saint-Tropez regatta (formerly the Nioulargue) for training the previous week. There is also David McLean's Babbalaas on which we may see Ben Ainslie steering.

The One Ton Cup is an international competition run under the ISAF rules (International Sailing Federation) and will consist of windward-leeward courses. The Trophy was created in 1899 by le Cercle de la Voile de Paris, and for many years was awarded to the winner of the One Ton IOR class. Since 1999 it has been awarded for the World Championship in the IC45 class. Amongst the top names who have lifted the famous cup are William K. Vanderbilt, Ted Turner, Willy Illbruck, and more recently Paul Cayard and Russell Coutts.

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