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Hi,

I'm wondering what the entry is like for these events... It looks like the guys at the front are spending quite a bit of money on upgrading their boats.

 

Does the whole fleet take it pretty seriously or is anyone with a "suitable" boat made welcome? If so, does suitable mean shiny or just meets-the-criteria-for-a-halftonner.

 

Obviously, I'm in the latter category, or I wouldn't be asking! It's going to be a while before we get to shiny again... :-)

 

Thanks,

W.

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Best is to contact the group. I'd be willing to bet they'll accept any vintage half-ton, shiny or not. The top boats do spend a fair bit of money....it's not cheap to completely restore a 35+ year-old racing boat.

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Thanks for the reply...TBH I'm sure we would be allowed to enter, and I dare say that if I contact the organisers they'll be very encouraging, but I was hoping to get a less partisan view of what the atmosphere down the fleet was like (I know we wouldn't be anywhere near the front!)... Testosterone fuelled alpha males reliving their youth? Snooty owners showing off their souped up classics? Down to earth sailors shunning the latest plastic trendytoys? Inclusive family-friendly racing for those on a budget? Can you "run what you brung" and enjoy the party or would that mean a lone boat out the back of every race, causing hassle for the PRO and delaying every start...

 

I saw in the report from the class AGM that they are keen to encourage newcomers but I'm wondering how open that invitation is, and what the expectations are...

 

Must be someone here who's been to one of the events, or (perhaps a more detached viewpoint) been at a club that hosted them.. Feel free to PM me if you'd rather be discreet!

 

Cheers,

W.

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I don't know the people. Best way to find out what they're like is to go to an event and spectate and hang for a day or two and meet them. I get FB updates from the 1/4, 1/2 , and One Ton groups. Looks to me like they're having fun. There's certainly some unrestored original boats bringing up the rear, but they seem to be having fun too.

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From experience the expectation is: Turn up, have some fun. What ever having fun means to you.

 

QT fleet the boats are a fellas nostalga kick he races while the family holiday on the Oyster 65.

 

A small number of them in the HT fleet too but mostly they are the owners only boat. What they've done with them reflects the sailing they do week in week out. Of the 3-4 HTs at my local they've all been IRC tweeked. Half are family run and the others are sailed by crew that have basically grown up together since kids.

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Hey,

 

I'm a HT sailor. Bought my HT 2 years back and immediately entered the HT cup. 20 year old dacron headsails, 12mm cheap lines, etc. It wasnt a problem. I had fun, came in last, but felt very welcome to the event and the HT class. Sure, the top boats spent a lot of money on their boats, but quite a few don't. Dacron sails on the HT cup are no exception.

On the other hand, the HT Cup is not really the right event to bring the entire family along on the boat. It is competitive, It's appreciated if you know the racing rules and quite a few boats really make an effort to get good results. But don't let that discourage you. If you don't have a budget act like me and demand respect for "keeping it authentic".

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Well worth coming to the 2017 Classic Half ton cup in Kinsale. Great venue for a Regatta and a really lovely town. Have done a Half Ton Cup event before. Most halves now are fairly tricked up but not as much as the Quarter tonners. Not many 70's masthead boats come any more but there is talk of a non modified class within the event.

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That's great info. Thanks for the responses. Sounds like we would fit in if we can get there!

Family are keen sailors (both kids have been dinghy sailing since they were small and daughter is in NJS), so they would be ok.

 

Good to know. Thanks again!

 

Cheers,

W.

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All half tonners are welcome to Kinsale. The fleet comprises two types of Half Tonner - the "Prototypes" which are the custom boats that have been IRC optimised and the "Producton" series which are boats that are part of a series. The all important trophy is the "Half Ton Spirit" trophy that is decided by a panel who award to the boat that best encompasses the true half ton spirit. We are expectong c.25 boats but really wantto encourage the "production series" boats. I have attached Notice of Race and further details can be found at www.halftonclass.com or htcc2017@gmail.com

Half Ton Classic Cup 2017 NOR.pdf

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Go for it!!

 

As spoilsport says - the fleet is split into different bands with plenty of races within the race going on. A lot of effort is put into getting everyone together and enjoying the spirit of the class.

 

We started off with a standard production boat that was gradually updated for IRC racing and then moved onto a later 'prototype' design that was more tricked out.

 

One of the good things is that it is not just windward leeward racing at the HTC with some costal races thrown in there is usually a chance for most boats to shine - I seem to recall a 1970's Scampi getting on the podium more than once when the conditions suited!

 

The fleet is one of the friendliest I have sailed in - a good mix of people who are happy to pass the time and chat boats. There is something quirky and different about having a HT in this day and age and the fleet reflects this..

 

Pom

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On 4-5-2017 at 10:39 AM, Pom said:

Go for it!!

 

As spoilsport says - the fleet is split into different bands with plenty of races within the race going on. A lot of effort is put into getting everyone together and enjoying the spirit of the class.

 

We started off with a standard production boat that was gradually updated for IRC racing and then moved onto a later 'prototype' design that was more tricked out.

 

One of the good things is that it is not just windward leeward racing at the HTC with some costal races thrown in there is usually a chance for most boats to shine - I seem to recall a 1970's Scampi getting on the podium more than once when the conditions suited!

 

The fleet is one of the friendliest I have sailed in - a good mix of people who are happy to pass the time and chat boats. There is something quirky and different about having a HT in this day and age and the fleet reflects this..

 

Pom

This quite summarizes the event...

You're more than welcome next August in Kinsale!

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3 hours ago, mrming said:

A noble cause, but in this case I'd settle for some race reports from the event taking place in Kinsale this week. :)

http://www.halftonclass.com/

+1.

Also, this thread is useless without pics.

Must. Have. 1/2ton. Porn.

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photo credit Fiona Brown.  www.fionabrown.com.

Check out that stern section and turn of the bilge.

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1 hour ago, Hitchhiker said:

Swuzzlebubble sealed it.

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Just occurred to me how odd that sounds, and yet somehow not. But, Phil Plumtree's Team with Swuzzlebubble sealed it!

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