Half Ton Classics Newsletter 1/17

IMG_7791Dear Half Tonners & Friends

This is the first newsletter of the year 2017. In view of the event that will mark our summer, we have so many things to tell you…


The local organization committee led by David Cullen has been working very hard and we’re extremely happy to present the final version of the Notice of Race and the 2017 Entry Form. 

With the present entry conditions in mind (lower entry fee, reductions on ferry transfers) we hope that a big number of ‘continental’ Half Tonner teams will decide to make the voyage to Kinsale this summer.

As you will also read in the NoR, one of the conditions to enter the HTCC 2017 is that you ‘are a fully paid up member of the Half Ton Class Europe’. A what? Let us explain that in the next paragraph…

THE 2016 AGM – In November 2016 all active members of the Class were invited to attend the Annual General Meeting in Nieuwpoort (BEL). We were very happy to see representatives from Falmouth, Brittany and East Coast boats, as well as the usual faces from the local Belgian fleet.

After a brief look int0 the past to ensure we did the right thing in 2016, we looked forward to the next racing season and its apotheosis in August: the next Half Ton Classics Cup. A nice presentation prepared by David Cullen gave us a good idea of what to expect.

We also took a closer look at the Class’ financial situation and all attendees agreed to a proposal to start with a kind of official membership. An annual membership fee of 50 EUR will be asked of the active members. In return the Class will provide you with a Class bow sticker.

We reviewed the technical requirements for Half Tonners, and decided that they were OK as they are, so no major changes here. The Class is very happy with the current Class life, and will closely monitor this in order to avoid an arms race as witnessed in the last years of the IOR. A result of this is that in the near future there will be Class band limits. We are thinking of, for example, an upper band limit of 0.965/0.97 IRC rating. A final proposal will be presented to you during an owners meeting in Kinsale.

We also decided to create a more formal Class Association, complete with a proper bank account number and so… In the next newsletter we will provide you with all the details.


It is a fact: other regatta organizers are also quite active which is quite interesting for you as it allows you not only to fill your sailing agendas, but also to better prepare for Kinsale… A nice calendar is included in the GA presentation.

Fair winds, a good health and do not forget to practice (sailing)…

Best regards,
Philippe & Bert

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Notice Of Race + Registration Open For Kinsale 2017

SwuzzlebubbleVisit www.halftonclass.com for all the latest news, Notice of Race, Entry/Registration, accommodation details and more from the 2017 Half Ton Classics Cup being hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club from 14 to 18 August.

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Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup Trophy Winner

With huge thanks to those who helped by providing images here is a quick gallery of our 2016 Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup trophy winners

Greg Peck and the winning crew of Swuzzlebubble

Spirit Of Half Ton Trophy winner David Evans

Jonathan Cunliffe of Emiliano Zapata with the Corinthian Trophy

Richard & Ursula Hollis and the crew of Crakajax with the Production Boat Trophy

Paul Pullen and the crew of Miss Whiplash with the Sta-Lok Trophy
Mel Sharp and the crew of Demolition with the Concourse d’Elegance Trophy.

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Help! Prize Giving Photos Needed

Can you help us? Fi discovered she’d had a major memory card failure when she got back from the prize giving last night and urgently needs help from anyone who took pictures of the winning crews and can share their pictures with her. Please email any shots to fiona.brown@fionabrown.com. Huge apologies to all the crews whose photos we thought had been captured. 😦

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Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup ’16 – Final Press Report

Sadly strong winds and huge seas meant that racing had to be cancelled on the final day of the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup in Falmouth. Race Officer Jack Penty met with the skippers at 08.30 to review the situation, but it was clear conditions were essentially unsailable and the entire fleet unanimously agreed not to risk their historic little yachts.

That decision confirmed that the 1977 Bruce Farr designed Swuzzlebubble sailed by owner/helm Greg Peck, Steve George, Mike Relling, Kevin George, Mike Grieg, Andy Yeomans and James Dodd had won the 2016 Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup.

It was an extremely had fought series with many of the races being won and lost by mere seconds.  Ultimately Swuzzlebubble’s winning margin was just five and a half points from Paul Pullen’s 1986 Andrieu designed Miss Whiplash, with Ireland’s Jonny Swan and his team aboard Harmony, designed by Rob Humphreys in 1980, in third place. At the final prize giving all three teams received rousing cheers from their fellow competitors as they received their prizes from Paul Strzelecki, CEO of event sponsor Henri Lloyd.

Winning the Corinthian Championship for the first all amateur crew was Jonathan Cunliffe’s 1985 Berrett/Finot designed Emiliano Zapata, which finished in eighth place overall.

The trophy for the first production boat went to Richard and Ursula Hollis’s beloved 1985 Jeppersen X95 Crakajax. Richard and Ursula have been long standing supporters of the Half Ton Class and were very popular winners.

Perhaps the most prestigious perpetual trophy presented at the regatta is the  Spirit Of Half Ton Trophy which is awarded to the person who best personifies the true spirit of the Half Ton Class. There were many possible winners of the trophy this year, but in a hugely popular decision it was presented to David Evans of Hullabaloo XV for his long standing support of the class, for his commitment to maintaining and racing his 1978 Stephen Jones Hustler SJ32 and for single-handedly sailing 380 miles through a force eight gate from his home port on Walton Back Waters in Essex to compete in Falmouth.

Greg Peck was clearly delighted to win the right to engrave his name on the trophy and was fulsome in his praise of his crew, his fellow competitors and the Flushing Sailing Club organisers.

Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup 2016 Champion Greg Peck of Swuzzlebubble
Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup 2016 Champion Greg Peck of Swuzzlebubble

Swuzzlebubble was originally built for Ian Gibbs to race for the New Zealand team in the 1977 Half Ton Cup in Sydney, and she has had a colourful career. Following changes to the IOR rule she underwent major surgery including exchanging her centreboard for a fixed keel, padding out her hull, changes to her rear sections and additional ballast, to compete in the 1979 Half Ton Cup in Scheveningen where she finished third. She was then sold to Bruce Lyster of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland under whose ownership she enjoyed continuing success including the UK Half Ton Championship of 1980 with Robert Dix at the helm. Her success continued under another Dun Laoghaire owner Gus Mehigan before she was sold to Switzerland, at which point she disappeared off the radar.

She wasn’t heard of again until Peter “Morty” Morton tracked her down in a near derelict state in a Greek boatyard in late 2012. It took twelve months of hard work by Peter and his crew to get the boat back in racing shape and she made her Half Ton Classics Cup debut in 2014 at Saint Quay Portrieux, Brittany, where she roared to victory in impressive style.

Keen to race for the Half Ton Cup in home waters, Greg Peck persuaded Morty to part with her earlier this year and having got her home to Cornwall undertook some deck layout modifications and set about the task of putting together. a crew of old friends, many of whom have sailed with him for decades. Their performance on the water speaks for itself, but their spirit and camaraderie ashore have impressed everyone and there was a huge cheer when Greg confirmed that he hopes to defend his title in 2017.

To defend their title the Swuzzlebubble crew will be making their way to Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland from 14 to 18 August 2017. David Cullen will be leading the organising team for the event which will be hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club.  Further information about this event will be published shortly.

David Cullen and Bert Janssen Review Falmouth '16 and Preview Kinsale '17
David Cullen and Bert Janssen Review Falmouth ’16 and Preview Kinsale ’17

Final results and further information about the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup 2016 can be found at:

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Class Secretary Bert Janssen and Ireland’s David Cullen Review Falmouth ’16 and Preview Kinsale ’17

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Interview with 2016 Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup Champion Greg Peck

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Interview With Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup Regatta Chair Dave Owens

We’ve had a great week here in Falmouth and huge thanks must go to Flushing Sailing Club, our amazing sponsors, the town of Falmouth, the Half Ton Class and all the many volunteers who have made the event possible.  We spoke to Regatta Chair Dave Owens to find out a little bit more about what goes into making these regattas possible.

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Prize Giving In The Marquee From 18.00

Thank you Falmouth for a great day ashore. The crews have sampled your delights and found them to be most excellent!  The boats that needed hauling have been lifted, others are ready for their return delivery trips once the wind abates a little, the office is packed up, the committee boats and ribs have been put to bed. All that remains is to have a fantastic final celebration and honour our heroes at the Prize Giving which kicks off in the marquee from 6pm.  There will be music, beers, trophies and great company so we’ll see you down there!

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Back To The Day Job For Timmy

TimBailey2With racing cancelled today it’s back to the day job for Miss Whiplash’s tactician Timmy Bailey, who is renowned as one of Falmouth’s top crab fishermen when he’s not helping Paul Pullen and his team to a second place at the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classis Cup!

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