The Fast Lines Half Ton Classics Cup 22: countdown with numbers after the comma

Half Moon Martin Kamperhaug (NOR)
The Norwegian Half Moon delivery team arrived last week already

With exactly twenty announced – and the rumors of even more unannounced – participants in this event, there are many other reasons to look forward to next weekend.

The Half Ton Class is very happy to be back in Cowes, courtesy of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The regatta program is finalized, with fine races that – perfectly according to the Half Ton Class spirit – will be very varied: for now, there are seven windward – leeward races, four round the cans and one round the island race on the program. It will depend on the circumstances how this turns out. 

Half Ton Clas - Halfajet (FRA)
Team Halfajet (FRA)

Even more in that spirit, it is impossible to predict who has a chance of winning this cup. The Irish teams are as strong and focused as ever. We don’t say anything about Swuzzlebubble, but that Checkmate XV (David Cullen) comes to defend her title is still telling.  Just like the French Halfajet (G+R Treussart) who comes with a crushing victory of four of the five races in the latest Tour du Finisterre.

Also, look out for Général Tapioca (Phil Pilate), Chimp (Roger Marino) and even Quokka 8 (Peter Rutter). There are more candidate winners; but the most important issue will be who will in the end will receive the Half Ton True Spirit Trophy.

The big unknown factor of course remains how much time one has been able to spend during the many lockdowns pimping the boat, (G+R Treussart). Team training and …applying the Mills recipes to the letter… 😊

That will all become clear as from Monday, August 15.

Fast Lines Half Ton Classics Cup 2022 – Cowes 14-19 AUG

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On Monday 15th August, which is exactly 51 days from today, the 12th Half Ton Classics Cup will start on the Solent, organized by RORC Cowes and the Half Ton Class Europe (HTCE).

Today, the Half Ton Class Europe is proud to announce that the Antwerp-based shipping company FAST LINES BELGIUM ( has stepped on board as main sponsor of the event.

Founded in 1991 the Fast Group is a complete logistic service provider giving their customers “Sofa Style Service”, operating a fleet of 5 boxshaped coastal vessels with a cargo capacity ranging from 3.000 to 3.500 Ton, allowing most types of breakbulk cargo to be shipped conveniently, safely and cost-effectively. Because they are shallow drafted and suitable for river trade these vessels are able to discharge 40-50 kilometers inland from the normal larger ports on the main coastline(s).

Fast Lines Belgium is 100% controlled by the family Scheers. Since 2003 Catrien Scheers and Yvan Vlaminckx are at helm of Fast Group.

The Fast Group has offices in Belgium, Poland, Ireland and the UK, and they operate two terminals in Szczecin (Poland) and one in Drogheda (Ireland). These vast terminals with insulated covered warehouses enable them to handle an extensive range of commodities such as steel products, general cargo, timber, forestry products, chemicals in bulk, packed chemicals, etc.

In March 2020 Fast Lines Belgium started a Liner Service between Antwerp and Drogheda in Ireland (Fast Terminals). This liner service handles all kind of breakbulk and general cargoes such as steel products, bagged material, palletized goods, project cargoes, etc.

The Half Ton Class Europe is looking forward to combine their passion for sailing vintage amateur crewed yachts with FAST’s key values of loyalty, communication, environmentally friendly multimodal transport and passion for the sea in general.

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Register, register & register

The latest newsletter from the Half Ton Class Europe has just been released.

It is specially intended to those amongst you that are planning to take part in the 2022 Half Ton Classics Cup: we need you to register!

Also, for teams that did not yet consider taking part: please re-consider and … register! 

And just to remind you: the event is open to all halftonners, from the ‘top notch’ racers to the vintage unmodified halftonners and series boats. After all, the most glorious trophy is the ‘Half Ton True Spirit Trophy’…

The Class remains very active in her aim to gather a consequent and attractive fleet for the next HTCC in Cowes (14-19 August).

At this moment we are negociation with a potential main sponsor, which is a good development for the event and the Class. But still your suggestions for other potential partners are welcomed. So if you have some guidance for us, please contact us…

You as well you play a major role in the Class, and one of the main actions you can take now is to register for the even: this will allow us tob etter organize the event and to guarantee its success.

The Notice of Race is published here:

You can register your boat & team for the event at this link:

We urge you to register as fast as possible: it is a fact that the longer the list is, the more teams will register and so will ensure a financially viable event.

Plan your stay as from today – the Class counts on you all!

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The Countdown has begun

On Monday 15th August, which is exactly 159 days from today, the 12th Half Ton Classics Cup will start on the Solent, somewhere on Hills Head Plateau we guess, just off Cowes. We will all have been waiting nearly 3 years for that moment…

The Half Ton Class Europe and the RORC Cowes will do all that is within their possibilities to make it a great event, and we count on you all to prepare your halftonners, select the finest crew and make all the necessary arrangements for your stay in Cowes.

Last time, back in 2011, some 38 halftonners made it to the starting line, and there was great racing, with Chimp finally taking the much coveted Half Ton Classics Trophy. We all remember the hilarious prizegivings by Richard Hollis who always had the right prize for the right boat, including a small kid’s bucket and shovel for the top French boat that was stuck on Ryde Sands and hence missing out on a likely victory in the long distance race around the island…

Let the weather be fine, the winds fair… and the participants numerous!

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Final Report – Checkmate XV Makes It A Victory Double

IMG_1497.jpgWith a convincing win in the final spectacular race run in glorious sunshine and big seas off Nieuwpoort, Checkmate XV (1985 Humphreys) and her crew of owner David Cullen, Darragh O’Connor, Nin O’Leary, Jonathan Sargent, Aidan Beggan, Niki Potterton and Frank Rothchild of the Howth Yacht Club claimed a well deserved overall victory in the 2018 Half Ton Classics Cup.  For Checkmate XV this was the third time she had earnt the right to have her name engraved on the Half Ton Classics Cup (equalling the legendary Swuzzlebubble’s record) and for David and his team is was their second win, the first also being here in Nieuwpoort in 2015

IMG_2225The final race was a cracker, sailed in a 14-16 knot westerly, huge seas and glorious sunshine. The first start was recalled so Race Officer Paul Charlier pulled out the U Flag and on the second attempt everyone behaved. It was nip and tuck all the way with Robbie Tregear’s Per Elisa (1992 Ceccarelli) initially heading the fleet from Philippe Pilate’s General Tapioca (1978 Berret), Checkmate XV, Toni Stoschek & Janne Tukolas’ Superhero (1988 Andrieu), Tom Florizoone’s Red Cloud (1981 Joubert), Paul Wayte’s Headhunter (1984 Van de Stadt) and Jonny Swan’s Harmony (1980 Humphreys). But the Irish team dug deep and by the final turn for home Checkmate XV had a decent lead with Per Elisa, Harmony and General Tapioca now hard on her heels. At the finish Checkmate XV took the race by 52 seconds, with Harmony second from Per Elisa and General Tapioca fourth. Sadly a technical issue with the committee boat’s anchor made a second race impossible and so the championship closed with eight races completed.

P1040373.jpgIn his thank you speach at the prize giving David Cullen made a few special presentations of his own before reflecting that “Being a Half Ton owner is a bit like being a heroin addict, you don’t really enjoy it but its very hard to stop! And a lot of that comes down to the camadareri in this room and in this class.” It was a sentiment that clearly hit the right note with the assembled crowd and he then went on to particularly thank Class Chairman Philippe Pilate and Class Secretary Bert Janssen for all their work in driving and supporting the Class.

P1040318.jpgIn the Vintage IOR Division Albert Pierrard & An Callens’ A+ (1985 Nissen) had a superb last race loving every minute of the downwind sleigh rides, with Waverider second by 47 seconds and Nicolas Lejeune’s Skippy’s Ton (1984 Briand) third. At the Prize Giving it was confirmed that the first ever winner of the new Vintage IOR Trophy was the local Belgian boat Waverider sailed by owner Jaques Lemaire, Michael Gendebien, Thibout de Kenchous, Michel Lefebure, Stephove Putseys, Winnie Berteloot and Pascal Aboosha. Ivan Van Burm’s Fantasy (1980 Humphreys) took second place by a mere half point from A+ in third.

P1040306.jpgAlongside the main trophies two further special prizes were also announced. The first was the Half Ton Classics Cup Corinthian Trophy, which goes to the top performing all amateur crew and was won by Rampage (1985 Briand) sailed by owner John Hicks, Rod Wootton, Will Parkinson, Mike Chamberlain, Becky Leach, Jane Hicks and Joe Cable from Cornwall, UK.

P1040376.jpgThe final prize presented is always the Spirit of Half Ton Trophy and it goes to the team who best embody that certain hard to define something that sums up the true heart of the Half Ton Class. For rescuing and totally rebuilding their boat against all the odds after she was almost completely destroyed when a crane fell on her some three years ago, this year the Spirit of Half Ton Trophy was presented to the Florizoone family and Waverider. Waverider is a truly special Half Tonner; designed by Laurie Davidson in 1977 she won two consecutive Half Ton Cups in 1978 off Poole and in 1979 off Scheveningen. Her reconstruction has been a work of love and dedication by the Florizoones and their friends and family, with the support of Tom Florizoone (Red Cloud), Ian Van Burm (Fantasy) and Jacques Lemair (better known as the carbon-master). This week Jacques has been helming Waverider with his Sorcier Noir (Black Witch) team. Waverider is a wooden boat so first she had to be put into a jig and left to settle back into shape before the rebuild could start. That work could only begin a few months ago and took the team until the night before the regatta to complete. The very first time the boat sailed after her relaunch was the first race of this championship, so this was a hugely popular win and the entire team involved came to the stage to raucous cheers and applause.

IMG_2164.jpgThere were thank yous to the many volunteers and sponsors who have made the event possible and every team taking part was called forward to receive gifts and prizes before Master of Ceremonies Bert Janssen confirmed that the next Half Ton Classics Cup will be held in 2020 and will be hosted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club in Cowes (dates to be confirmed). Finally Commodore Baudouin Meyhui of the Koninklijke Yacht Club Nieuwpoort thanked the competitors, wished them safe journeys home and hoped that they would all be back in Nieuwpoort again very soon.

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Day 5 – Sailing Photos


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Prize Giving At 16.00

Burt has advised us that the Half Ton Classics Cup 2018 Prize Giving is scheduled for 16.00.

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Thank You Nieuwpoort!

We have been made to feel so at home and welcome here in Nieuwpoort this week and we would just like to say a huge thank you to the members and volunteers of the KYCN, the Belgian Half Ton fleet and the organisers of the Half Ton Class Europe for creating such a wonderful regatta. With friendly faces and a can do attitude this team of friends and family have pulled out all the stops to make a truly memorable event, produce terrific racing and host some knock out parties.

Neiuwpoort is an interesting town and full of quirky and interesting bit of architecture and sculpture. Built on sand dunes, there is a historic heart to the town upriver and a very modern beachside area with great shopping and restaurants at the coast, as well as more boats and marinas than you can shake the proverbial stick at. Do visit if you get the chance.

One of the things we’ve loved looking for each day are the little statues hidden on the big pilings which line the main channel into the harbour.  Each day I look forward to spotting the garden gnome, the pussy cat and these two who are always there, watching out to week for the safely returning boats.


They tell us that if you hunt at low tide you will find a mermaid too but we have yet to find her!

Thank you Nieuwpoort – we will be back!

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Day 4 Interview

While we wait for official confirmation of the results here is a lovely little interview we did with the Farther Bruin boys last night following their great Long Inshore race.

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Race 8 – Finish

What a great final race to finish on!  It was nip and tuck all the way with Per Elisa leading at the first mark from General Tapioca with Checkmate third, Superhero fourth, Red Cloud fifth, Headhunter sixth and Harmony seventh.

The sun was out, the wind was in the mid teens gusting to upper teens at times and there was a big confused sea running which made for spectacular seat of the pants sailing.

Checkmate sailed a great run and second beat to head the fleet at the second weather mark by half a dozen boat lengths and then defended her position all the way to the finish. Per Elisa hung on for second finishing just ahead of Harmony with General Tapioca fourth home.

As they crossed the line they could see the AP over H flags flying on the committee boat indicating that there would be no further racing and so the fleet headed home.

We are awaiting official confirmation of the results, but it looks like Irish eyes will be smiling.


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