Maintaining the Balance
- Saturday, 15 June 2013 21:05
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.