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21 teams enjoyed nine races on windward-leeward and round the cans courses at Cork Week.

Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes scored seven race wins out of ten to rocket to the class title.

Marcus Ryan’s youth team racing J/24 HeadCase is runner-up just five points ahead of Fiona Young’s Royal Cork Albin Express North Star.

Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCaseMarcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase Photo: Bob Bateman

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Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron made it six straight bullets in the first race on Thursday at Cork Week but came fifth in the second, proving that the team from Cowes is human!

BLT was back on track for the last race taking a seventh win and all but securing the class title. Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase moved up to second place having scored two podium race results today.

After three days of light and complex racing, a sea breeze kicked in on Day Four to spice up the action on the penultimate day

Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCaseMarcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase Photo: Bob Bateman

Dorgan, Marshall & Losty’s Quarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing Club, slips to third just two points behind HeadCase.

Quarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing ClubQuarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing Club Photo: Bob Bateman

A number of protests are still to be heard so results are provisional.

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Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron won their fifth race in a row and have a big lead in IRC Three on Wednesday, day three of Cork Week Regatta. 

Dorgan, Marshall & Losty’s Quarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing Club was once again second and is five points behind BLT with two days of racing to go.

The third day of Cork Week incorporating the ICRA National Championships was blessed with sunshine and 8-10 knots of breeze from the north. 

Quarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing ClubQuarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing Club Photo: Bob Bateman

Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase put in another great race to finish third, just a point behind Illegal.

Racing at Cork Week continues tomorrow with the penultimate day of racing for the regatta. Five race areas, in and outside Cork Harbour, will be organised by the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Cork Week's Class 3 IRC competitor Panic (David O'Regan) from the Royal Cork YCCork Week's Class 3 IRC competitor Panic (David O'Regan) from the Royal Cork YC Photo: Bob Bateman

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There is no stopping Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron, who kept their perfect scoreline on day two of Cork Week with an emphatic win in Race Three of the series to lead the class by four points.

Dorgan, Marshall & Losty’s Quarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing Club was runner-up in today’s race to move up to second for the regatta.

Fiona Young’s North Star from the Royal Cork YC scored a podium race finish today, moving up to fourth for the series.

Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase was fourth today and is now third for the series, but only on countback.

BLT on her mooring in Crosshaven reveals the Jacques Fauroux-designed Bullit hull. The boat is a previous winner of the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup in New Zealand. In all just seven Bullits were built, three of which won consecutive Quarter Ton Cups in 1978, 1980 and 1981, and they have become increasingly sought-after. Photo: Bob BatemanBLT on her mooring in Crosshaven reveals the Jacques Fauroux-designed Bullit hull. The boat is a previous winner of the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup in New Zealand. In all just seven Bullits were built, three of which won consecutive Quarter Ton Cups in 1978, 1980 and 1981, and they have become increasingly sought-after. Photo: Bob Bateman

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Sam Laidlaw’s Quarter Tonner BLT from the Royal Yacht Squadron dominated IRC Three of Volvo Cork Week Regatta today, scoring three straight bullets.

Marcus Ryan’s Irish youth team racing J/24 HeadCase (that won overall in the UK at the weekend) scored three podium race results to end the day in second place in the 22 boat class.

Dorgan, Marshall & Losty’s Quarter Tonner Illegal from Cove Sailing Club finished Day One in third.

“We haven’t sailed Cork Week since we did it on Farr 52 Bob 12 years ago,” commented BLT’s helm Sam Laidlaw. “We have come back because it’s such a great place and with 300 years of history, everybody should be here. Today was a bit light for us, we would prefer more wind, but we will see.”

Class 3 IRC Class after three sailed

1st BLT Fauroux Quarter Ton Sam Laidlaw FRA 8051 Royal Yacht Squadron
2nd HeadCase J24 Marcus Ryan 4247 HYC/MSC/LRYC/BYC
3rd Illegal Quater Ton Farr Dorgan/Marshall/Losty IRL1751

Results here

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With a statement of her intent delivered at Calves Week in West Cork in August 2021, Courtown Sailing Club Quarter Tonner 'Snoopy' became the ICRA Divison 3 National Champion at the first attempt last September after a superbly sailed series on Dublin Bay in 2021.

And now Martin Mahon's Wexford campaign boat (with Royal Ulster connections) is on the market. 

Mahon is selling the 1979 Joubert-Nivelt Quarter Tonner as he will be working abroad. 

Her results speak for themselves:

  • 1st 2021 ICRA Championships IRC3
  • 2nd 2021 Calves Week
  • 2nd 2021 Greystones East Coast Regatta
  • 2nd 2017 Quarter Ton Cup
  • 3rd 2018 Vice Admirals Cup (Top 3 tied on points)

The boat has been stored in a dry shed since it won the ICRA Nationals and although he says there are a couple of small things to sort out, Mahon maintains "she is ready to hit the water and win".

Read the full advert for Snoopy here

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With the addition of the vintage Quarter Tonner Diamond to Royal Cork's winter league (the first to be sailed as White Sails only), the fleet provided a glimpse of the popular boat choice for club racing this summer, a season that includes Volvo Cork Week as a high point in July.

Overall, the top ten included some authentic classic designs, including an Albin Express, various Quarter Tonners, a Bolero, vintage J24s and an HB31.  

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 LeagueTColman 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 Photo: Bob Bateman

Further down the pecking order, there was also the appearance of Alan Mulcahy's short-lived First 8, sadly lost in a fire off Cork Harbour in Mid December as Afloat reported here.

Tony Donworth's Quarter Tonner SupernovaTony Donworth's Quarter Tonner Supernova Photo: Bob Bateman

What's the attraction of this size of cruiser? Most likely, it is the opportunity to sail with a small crew, often made up of just family and friends. And the fact that it is cruiser racing on a budget might also have a bearing.

Richard Leonard in his Bolero, Bandit Richard Leonard steering his Bolero, Bandit Photo: Bob Bateman

RCYC itself has also got involved with purchasing an older J/24s as a club training boat.

A J24 takes a ride on a Cork Harbour waveA J24 takes a ride on a Cork Harbour wave Photo: Bob Bateman

As Afloat reported previously, after a month-long series of five races, the O'Leary Insurance Winter League was won by the Albin Express, a Swedish trailerable sailboat that was designed by Peter Norlin as a cruiser-racer and first built in 1978.

Fiona Young's consistent performance at the top of the IRC fleet in North Star was rewarded with the perpetual Archie O'Leary Trophy. 

On seven points, the restored Albin Express had a two-point winning margin over early series leaders Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher in the newly arrived Quarter Tonner, Diamond.

Third was Richard Leonard in his Bolero, Bandit on 13 points. The Bolero was designed when Quarter tonner racing was all the rage, and it was quite a successful racer, although not too many were built.

In her prize-giving speech in December, the winning helmswoman highlighted the tight racing they had enjoyed in a buoyant 32-boat fleet turnout.

Winning form - The well-sailed Albin Express North Star skippered by Fiona YoungWinning form - The well-sailed Albin Express North Star skippered by Fiona Young Photo: Bob Bateman

"This club is so active at the moment it is incredible we are all out here every Sunday. We are out here night and day, more active than I have seen the club for years", she told the fleet.

And in saluting her competitors, she revealed great competition is the reason behind the renewed focus in this particular size of boat: "You Guys in Diamond and Bandit, My Goodness! Every day we went out, we wondered who is going to do it today? We won it, but either of you could have won too. I want to thank you for that great, great racing".

Adding to the RCYC scene there are two other active clubs in Cork Harbour that have active small boat fleets that add to the lively community of sailors; Cove Sailing Club on Great Island, and Monkstown Bay Sailing Club on the western side of the River Lee.

In Cobh, there are at least five smaller sub 26ft Boats regularly racing. Two of them actively participated in all of the winter league series at RCYC; Angela, a First 260 Spirit sailed by Cathy Mullan and “NettaJ”, a Sadler 25 sailed by Des Corbett.

Angela, a First 260 Spirit sailed by Cathy Mullan from Cove Sailing ClubAngela, a First 260 Spirit sailed by Cathy Mullan from Cove Sailing Club Photo: Bob Bateman

The very successful Combined league which included all clubs in the harbour ran for a couple of seasons pre-2020 with great success and enthusiastic participation and now there are hopes to revive that event again.

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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 seven results in the top three (and six in the top two), Joanne Hall and Martin Mahons' Wexford campaign (with Royal Ulster connections) led the three-race championship since Friday and watched other pre-championship favourites in the 11-boat fade away. 

A port-starboard collision ended the highly fancied Quest's (Johnathan Skerritt) chances on day one of the regatta, and today, Paul Colton's Cri-Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht Club that was a close second going into the final two races today was pipped by Flor O'Driscoll's J24 Hard on Port from Bray Sailing Club for second overall in a building 10-knot easterly for the Sunday finale.

Flor O'Driscoll's J24 Hard on Port from Bray Sailing ClubSecond in IRC 3 - Flor O'Driscoll's J24 Hard on Port from Bray Sailing Club

Paul Colton's Quarter Tonner Cri-Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht ClubThird in IRC 3 - Paul Colton's Quarter Tonner Cri-Cri from the Royal Irish Yacht Club

Overall results are here.

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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 today's three races that puts her on 7 points overall and two points ahead of Paul Colton’s Quarter Tonner Cri Cri from the Royal Irish YC in second.

A win for Bray Sailing Club’s Flor O’Driscoll in a J/24 puts him in third place in the 11-boat fleet.

Disappointingly, pre-regatta favourite Quest did not sail today following a collision on the opening day that has put her out of the championships. 

The forecast for Sunday's final two races is for SSE winds of 12 to 16 mph

Results are here.

Paul Colton’s Quarter Tonner Cri Cri lies second overall Paul Colton’s Quarter Tonner Cri Cri

 

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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 tonner Snoopy at RUYC but wanted to experience a big event, so he chose Calves Week in West Cork. Snoopy finished second overall.

Martin made the long journey south with Snoopy on a trailer for the four-day regatta in Schull Harbour, which began on Tuesday 3rd August. Joining him were Robby and his son Josh Milhench and Gavin Watson. They sailed under the RUYC and Courtown SC flag in Class 3.

Snoopy began with a bullet in the first race on a Round the Islands course ahead of Peter O'Leary's First Class 8, Repo8. With a second in the Fastnet Race on Wednesday behind Patrick Collins' Dehler 34 Ealu from Baltimore and a third behind the same boat in the third race, also Round the Islands, they started the final race with high hopes of a big performance. But unfortunately, a friend of Martins' brought on board to boost the crew in the heavy winds of the last day, suffered a knock out in a big gust and had to be taken ashore. She is fortunately recovering. Snoopy retired and had to discard the seventh place.

Martin has returned north enthusiastic about taking part in more significant events.

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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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