2011 News

Provisional Programme for 2012

It is very hard to please all the people all the time, but I have tried very hard to accommodate all your requests for regatta dates especially with regard to the QTC.  Please note that the QTC date has changed mainly because Cork Week was bought forward a week after they published their dates, but also to make sure that we have the wonderful Fiona Brown who so brilliantly looks after our PR interests available.

So it looks like the following:

  • Benodet, France - Obelix Trophy - 27th - 30th April
  • Vice Admiral's Cup - 18th to 20th May
  • Royal Southern Yacht Club 175th Anniversary Regatta (special invite to the QT Class) 2nd-3rd June
  • QTC - 24th - 27th June
  • Round the Island - 30th June
  • Cowes Week (even later next year because of the Olympics) 11th to 18th August.

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Not another Quarter Tonner

Yes, you guessed it, Morty has bought yet another Quarter Tonner. That will be about the 4th one since 2005 and doesn't include the ones he has gone and found and brought back to the UK for others to buy.  I guess that tells me what he will be doing every weekend this coming winter.  She can be viewed in all her glory in Cowes Yacht Haven..... PS. she is currently red

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One of the things I really enjoy about being involved with the class, especially since the outset of the revived QT fleet, is when people tell me that they are going to come and join in the racing.  It is only January, and I already have two (sorry, now three!) 'new' people who tell me that they are coming to the Quarter Ton Cup this year.  One is Supernova, Olly Ophaus' old boat thatwas sold to Ken Lawless in Dublin, Ireland who wants to come over and see what all the fuss is about, the second is Hurly Burly, a recently registered GK24, owned by Julian Caddy who asks where he can sign up. A third who has emailed me this evening, is a Bolero called Bolero from Marchwood Yacht Club owned by Mike Lewry. This is fantastic guys.  You have made my year.....

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Limited Edition Prints

Every year, every competitor at the QTC has in the past had some sort of freebie ie. mugs, scarves, t shirts, etc etc.  This year we decided to do something a little different to commemorate the 2011 event, and we have produced a limited edition print with the kind support of the photographers - Rick Tomlinson, Peter Mumford of Beken and Michael Austen who have certainly between them captured some fine Quarter Ton moments.  I hope you enjoy it!

CQTC Limited Edition Print

I have several left over and would be pleased if anyone wanted one, they can either collect them from Cowes, or I can send them in a tube.  If you would like one sent, the cost of the tube and p&p to a UK address comes to £5.  The prints are free....

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Hamble Winter Series

We are being encouraged to keep our boats in good sailing nic for a wee longer, and to enter the Garmin Hamble Winter Series races, in particular the weekend of the 8th and 9th October when the Autumn Championships are taking place.  They need 8 or more QT's for a start, and so far there is interest from Whiskers, Innuendo, Bullet, Flash Heart, and Odd Job to name but a few. Go find a crew and I expect the weather will be cracking - it often is in October, which will make up for the rest of the summer! Please make contact with Liz Rushall if you are intending to enter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enter online:   http://www.garminhamblewinterseries.co.uk

Report from the Hamble River Winter Series by Liz Rushall on Whiskers
Hamble River SC did a cracking job running two Autumn Championship weekends over 8/9 and 22/23 October.   

The Quarter Tonners were invited to join the 'One Design' start line, which was terrific as we were treated to a total of 14 epic windward leeward races.

HRSC did a great job banging off the starts quickly, and the QTs were frequently sent ahead of the J80s and SB3s when they hauled back under First Substitute, rather than being kept hanging about.  Great race management although we did have one very interesting start line with the committee boat reversing down the line trying to stay on station - but closing the gap rather rapidly with the pin end.  A bit like doing a gate start - but in reverse - as the line got smaller and smaller we all queued up to pop through the gap.

After a bit of ringing round and emailing, a quality fleet of Flashheart (Mike Webb and Annabel Vose), Bullet (good to see you back Howard) and Whiskers (Liz Rushall) went head to head for the whole series, with appearances from Runaway Bus, Innuendo, and Black Fun with new owner Rob Gray.  

Conditions over both weekends ranged from moderate to gusty - to exceedingly wobbly, with a variety of spectacular wipeouts, and those unplanned pirouettes and triple toe loops performed by most of the fleet at some stage.  (It's about 20 years since I've had the kite flying at the full extent of the halyard with sheets and guys flapping in the wind - like some corporate boat at Cowes Week - oops :-)

The first weekend left most of us going home to figure out how to get downwind in 25-30 knots and with a variety of spinnakers to patch up. Howard gets the prize for getting through every spinnaker in his sail locker!

Despite the small fleet size - the racing was highly competitive, full on and mostly importantly really good fun!  Bullet and Whiskers seemed to have the windward mark magnet on, repeatedly meeting up there whilst creating different rules scenarios to try out - leading to much checking the books out and comparing notes afterwards and getting the grey matter going. All good learning.

The overall results finished with Whiskers 1st, Bullet 2nd and Flashheart third. Thanks to HRSC for great racing and very friendly reception for the Quarter Tonners - and hopefully we can extend the season again next year and get a few more boats out to play.

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