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Quarter Ton Yachts
Anchor Challenge (left) back in Crosshaven with sistership Panic also on the RCYC hardstanding
Although this Quarter Tonner has had three previous Cork owners, Anchor Challenge has spent the past few seasons in a shed in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, well away from her original moorings. Happily now, however, the ICRA class…
Latest arrival - The Quarter Tonner Panic has arrived in Crosshaven
Cork Harbour's Class Three continues to strengthen for the 2022 season with the arrival of three more good Quarter Tonners in the last two months. Royal Cork's Winter League provided a glimpse of the latest moves into the club cruiser class…
Top UK Quarter Tonner Illegal (closest to camera) is heading for Cove Sailing Club this summer
Cove Sailing Club expect another vintage Quarter Tonner to join its fleet this season with the purchase of the UK yacht, 'Illegal'. Former CSC Commodore Kieran Dorgan team is part of the syndicate to purchase the new boat that replaces…
The Tingle family's new X-4 Alpaca competing in the third race of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League
Last week's three-way points tie in the Royal Cork O’Leary Insurance Winter League as reported by Afloat here was broken in yesterday's third race by league debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond. Garvey and Kelleher lead on…
The Royal Cork IRC fleet increased from 18 to 23 for the second race of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League in Cork Harbour
A three-way points tie in the Royal Cork O'Leary Insurance Winter League sees debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond continue to lead overall after two races under the tie break rule. As Afloat reported previously the…
Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new quarter tonner Diamond were the winners of Sunday's first IRC race of the Royal Cork Winter League
O'Leary Insurance Winter League debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond were the winners of Sunday's first IRC race of the Royal Cork League that is being sailed this year exclusively under White Sails. Dave Lane's…
The all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless on her way out to a light airs DBSC race course from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
In the first race of the Cruiser Three Championships that include Dublin By Sailing Club's Saturday Series - and Sunday's Kish Race from the DMYC - the all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless won both DBSC's…
First in IRC 3 - Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy
With a statement of her intent delivered last month at Calves Week in West Cork, Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner 'Snoopy' is the ICRA Divison 3 National Champion at the first attempt after a superbly sailed series on Dublin Bay.  Counting…
Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy leads IRC 3
Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Quarter Tonner Snoopy from Courtown Sailing Club (with Royal Ulster connections) continue to hold a narrow lead in Class 3 of the ICRA National Championships on Dublin Bay.  The overnight leader scored 1, 2, 2 in…
The vintage quarter tonner Diamond (Dorgan/Losty /Marshall)
The vintage quarter tonner Diamond (Dorgan/Losty /Marshall) was the Spinnaker IRC division winner of Cobh People's Regatta in Cork Harbour on Sunday. The Ed Dubois design beat the Jones family J109 Jelly Baby and third was Sean Hanley's Luas. Cobh People's Regatta results …
The Snoopy crew at Calves Week: Martin Mahon (right) and crew l to r  Gavin Watson, Josh Milhench and Robbie Milhench.
Martin Mahon from Courtown Sailing Club in North Wexford is also a member of Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor, having lived in Holywood on the south side of Belfast Lough for some years. He regularly sails his Joubert-Nievelt 1/4…

About Quarter Tonners

The Quarter Ton Class is a sailing class of the International Offshore Rule racing the Quarter Ton Cup between 1967 and 1996 and from 2005 until today.

The class is sailed by smaller keelboats of similar size and is likely the world's most-produced keelboat class.

The Ton, Half, Quarter, etc. 'classes' were each given a 'length' and yacht designers had almost free rein to work the hull shapes and measurements to achieve the best speed for that nominal length.

The Ton Rules produced cranky and tender boats without actual downwind speed. Measurement points created weird, almost square hull shapes with longish overhangs.

They were challenging to sail optimally and lost value very quickly as any new wrinkle (e.g. 'bustles') to take advantage of the rule made older boats very quickly uncompetitive.

Although its heyday was 30 years ago, the boat class continues to make its presence felt by holding its own in terms of popularity against some fern race fleets.

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