Maintaining the Balance

I am sure you will all agree that the Quarter Ton racing has provided some excellent sailing
 over the last 9 years (it will be our 10th anniversary of the relaunch next year) and there is 
always a balance between maintaining the originality of the boats and being a development 
class which they always were. One of the attractions for me is not only are they great little
 boats to sail in the Quarter Ton fleet, they are also competitive in IRC which I am sure helps 
in that people can go off to their home clubs and do spring series, winter series, club regattas
 etc and be competitive.  You only need to look at the results to see all across the Country, 
the Quarter Tonners are pretty tough to beat. In fact in 2012 in Ireland there was a move to 
try and exclude them from IRC racing because they were too competitive.

Some of you will have seen or heard of a certain Quarter Tonner that turned up for the Round 
the Island race with a bowsprit which proved to be extremely quick on certain wind angles and 
efficient under IRC.  However, this is not really what the Quarter Ton Cup is about in so much as 
it simply does not suit the vintage and potentially adds unnecessary costs to the budget. This is
 what has been decided.  For the Quarter Ton Cup, Vice Admiral's Cup and Cowes Week, 
or indeed any regatta where only Quarter Tonners are racing in the Class, bow sprits will be 
banned. You can see the new rule under the Rule section.  All spinnakers whether symmetric or
 assymetric must be flown from the end of the pole. In events such as Round the Island Race 
that rule will not apply as I am sure you will agree that it is good publicity for Quarter Tonners 
to do well and it is unfair to reduce the chances of Quarter Tonners winning IRC events in a mixed
fleet.