2008 News

The Itch

Just to prove this website is reaching those parts others don't reach, we in Cowes have a new playmate.  Berry arrived in Cowes today towing his Quarter Tonner, 'The Itch' all the way from Holland. He has been racing against an Etchells amongst other things and decided he needed some proper like for like competition, so is committing to spending 2009 in Cowes. I went down to welcome him to our not so sunny island this afternoon and showed him round the important places like Tiffins, the Chandlery and David Heritages fine establishment so he knows where to buy his coffee, his tide book and where to get his boat mended.

Be quick if you want to check it out - it will only be in the Yacht Haven for two weeks prior to going into a shed on the South side of the Island (he has relatives here) for the winter. You will know it when you see it - even the trailer is painted yellow!  Talking of fine establishments - I am now working at David Heritage Racing Yachts - so if anyone needs any work doing to their quarter tonners, do get in contact. He is a brilliant boatbuilder and a perfectionist so you know the job will be done well, and I am very good at answering the phone.......

Examples of his work including the refurb on Runaway Bus and Snoopy.

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100 boats now registered on our website!

Wow! Not bad! and they come from as far afield as China, Russia, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, NZ and The States......  Prize to the 100th boat to register is a David Thomas boat lying ashore in Exeter and for sale - 'Imagination'

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Quarter Tonners are truely international

This week I received an email from Patrick McCosh who describes himself as an 'avid sailor and Treasurer of the Sailing Association of Zimbabwe'. On Lake Kariba which is 150 miles long and a freshwater sailing and wildlife paradise they have a Theta and a whole fleet of Sweat Peas. The latter were the first production quarter tonners in South Africa designed by Angelo Lavranos. Welcome to the class guys - send us a photo! For those interested - there were three famous one off quarter tonners built in South Africa - Red Baron, Fuel Free and the distinctive Royal Flush. Royal Flush campaigned by North sailmaker Geoff Meek won the Quarter Ton Cup  in 1985 in Ajaccio.

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Runaway Bus Trophy

Quarter tonners dominated both the Nab Tower Race and the Tiny Mitchell Trophy this weekend in Cowes which with a combined result has now formed the Runaway Bus Trophy kindly donated by Paul Kelsey. Saturday dawned with little wind and blue skies ad a big hole in the wind off Osbourne Bay. However a warm easterly soon filled and the fleet comprising of Farr 52's down to Folkboats set off.

Bullet dominated the day,but was led round the course by Odd Job sailed by Morty and his crew with Poldark on the bow. Behind was a battle between Runaway Bus and Espada and behind them another battle between Arbitrator and Ayanami.  Bullet 1st, Odd Job 2nd, Runaway Bus 3rd, Espada 4th overall. Pretty good going amongst this fleet!

Sunday was also fair with 10 knots and the Quarter Tonners started with the bigger boats and a booming fair tide beat across the start line. In this race, Espada led to the top mark but was soon overtaken by Odd Job downwind and that amazing downwind flyer Bullet.  Odd Job 1st, Bullit 2nd, Runaway Bus 3rd and Espada 4th. 

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Brewin Dolphin Jersey Regatta

If you are going to be stormbound with your sailing mates anywhere in the world, then Jersey is not a bad place to start.  The seafood is fantastic, the restaurants obliging (kept missing bottles of wine off the bill.....), the locals very friendly, and the bottles of Rose endless.   That is how it was last weekend, when Espada and her crew arrived to take on the might of the Jersey quarter ton fleet.   Sadly, they were the only boat to travel from England - I don't know why - but it was a shame.

Gale force south easterlies ensured that no - one ventured into the boiling seas that featured magnificently in St Aubins Bay for the first two days, and the seas lingered around for the third - to make the sailing conditions very different to the usual Solent chop.  The St Helier Yacht Club was incredibly helpful in cancelling the racing in good time to book lunch each day (top marks!)  The locals consisted of Jackflash (actually, not quite local as she had motored up from St Malo the previous week), Odd Job, Too Farr and Super Q.   All hands were there to help with launching, rigging and and to make sure that the Espada team had a good time. Jackflash sadly lost her rig on the first almighty downwind puff of the first race, and Odd Job showed us where she was by lying on her side regularly. Espada (who also laid it down flat) won all three races - second was Odd Job - third was Too Farr just one point clear of Super Q.

Photo by Gary P le Feurve  www.gppictures.com/galeries/htm

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