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One Ton Cup Revisited broadens its embrace
Sat, 14 Dec 2013
Due to popular demand (as they say in show business), we have decided to open up the proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' regatta to include all One Tonners that contested the Cup in the 'modern era' (1965 to 1994*).
On 27 November, Chris Bouzaid and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announced that they were seeking an indication of potential interest in a proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' regatta, in Auckland, New Zealand, in February/March 2015.
The initial thinking was to cater for RORC and IOR One Tonners that were eligible for Cup competition between (and including) the years 1965 to 1983 inclusive. The immediate response was 10 serious intentions, including former winners Rainbow II and Wai-Aniwa.
That response, however, was accompanied by an even larger number of potentials from outside of the original year constraints. We have checked with several of the world’s leading offshore racing designers who have advised that, should we open up the proposed event, the IRC Rule, under normal circumstances, would do a more-than-satisfactory job of rating the performances of what, after all, would be a fairly narrow range of race boats.
We have, therefore, decided to re-launch the initiative and seek expressions of intended entry from the full range of 'modern' One Tonners (1965 to 1994* inclusive).
The time frame and venue for the proposed regatta remain the same – February/March 2015, in Auckland, New Zealand.
'We will do everything possible to ensure everyone has an equitable chance of success on the race course, regardless of the vintage or size of their boat,' Bouzaid said today 'so we will be seeking expert advice on how to divide the potential fleet into divisions to ensure best-possible racing - maybe the Classic Division (1965 to 1972 inclusive), Division Two (1973 to 1983 inclusive) and Division 3 (post 1983).
'The objective will be that everyone will enjoy the experience of racing these boats as a class again. A lot of us will have been lucky enough to have experienced that already, when One Tonners were the hottest offshore racers around.
'We know everyone will have a great time ashore in the City of Sails. It will be our job to ensure a similar experience racing in the Hauraki Gulf'.
In an earlier release the organsiers explained that the regatta would celebrate the (near) 50th anniversary of the One Ton Cup switching from metre class yachts to offshore racers, using an international rule (RORC) to measure and rate contestants. This was when interest in the Cup went global and led to One Tonners being regarded as the Formula One class of ocean racing.
The current thinking is to cater for RORC and IOR One Tonners that were eligible for Cup competition between (and including) the years 1965 to 1983.
The IRC Rating Rule would be used to equitably handicap the fleet which would be raced in two classes – RORC and IOR yachts 1965 to 1971 (inclusive), and IOR yachts 1971 to 1983 (inclusive).
Bouzaid, of course, twice won the One Ton Cup – in the S&S design Rainbow II, in 1969 (off Heligoland), and in the Carter-design Wai-Aniwa, in 1972 (off Sydney).
The RNZYS has had a long involvement in the modern era of the event, first challenging with Rainbow II in 1968. Since then, it has contested the Cup no less than 12 times, in seven different countries. In the process, it has won the Cup on five occasions and hosted the event twice.
The current proposal for the 'Revisited' regatta would be to mirror the One Ton Cup of old - ie there would be three inshore races, a short ocean race and an ocean race-proper. In deference to contestants and boats, however, the inshore races would be of approximately 20 miles length, while the short ocean race would be a 40-miler (approx) and the ocean race a 100-miler (approx).
There would be a Prix d’ Elegance and other innovative awards, with an opening ceremony and prizegiving that would do full justice to New Zealand’s legendary record for celebrating major sailing occasions.
There would also be a New Zealand Millennium Cup super yacht and One Ton Cup Revisited weekend at the beautiful Hauraki Gulf island of Kawau, with its famous Mansion House which, in the mid-to-late 1800s, was the residence of the then Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey.
This will be a high-profile sailing period in Auckland.
The Finn Gold Cup will be raced off Takapuna Beach in February, 2015, while the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland (from China) on or about around 26 February, 2015, and leave for Itajai, in Brazil, on 15 March, 2015.
The proposed 'One Ton Cup Revisited' would be an important and integral part of this major celebration of sail.
Could those interested in the above please communicate, by email, that interest, with brief detail of the One Tonner that might/would be involved, to: Alan Sefton: firstname.lastname@example.org
An example of boats that were eligible One Tonners up to and including 1983 (it is by no means definitive): 45 South Farr Graeme Woodroffe NZ Alpha Tauri Carter Germany America Jane III Kaufman George Tooby USA Ancilla S&S Sweden Apecist Carter Bimmy Fischer Germany B-195 Peterson Tom Stephenson Australia Belita VI Carter Holland Billycan Holland Breyell Breyell II Belgium Bullet S&S Andy McGowan USA Bushwacker Harry Smith USA Carolina S&S Finland Ceil III Miller W. Turnbull Hong Kong Chartreuse II Clarionet S&S UK Clay Target Hong Kong Columbine USA Concord S&S Vitali & Johnson NZ Country Boy Farr Clyde Colson NZ Crescendo Brian Barraclough NZ Eliza Peterson Germany Escapade S&S Gil Hedges NZ Exador Farr Tom McCall NZ Export Lion Farr Stu Brentnall NZ Gambol Coyte Tony Coyte NZ Ganbare Peterson USA Gauntlet Mike Coupe NZ Geronimo Farr NZ Golden Apple Holland J. Ewart UK Gumboots Peterson Jeremy Rogers UK Hati IV Peterson Chris Bouzaid NZ Hawk Bill Tripp USA High Tension de Ridder George Stead UK Holiday III Chance USA Jan X1V Sweden Jenny H Farr Ray Haslar NZ Jiminy Cricket Farr Stu Brentnall NZ Joran Carter Jean Berger Switz Karate Peterson Jeremy Rogers UK Kerkyra II S&S Marina Spaccarelli Italy Kerkyra IV S&S Marina Spaccarelli Italy
Kishmul S&S A. Tengblad Sweden Lisoletta Austria Love Lace Farr Keith Andrews NZ Mardi Gras Farr Chris Beckett NZ Maria S&S D.A.Cooper Aus Mark Twain S&S Jock Sturrock Aust Moonlight Townson Peter Mulgrew NZ Morningtown S&S Mike Winfield UK Mr Jumpa Farr NZ Mr Jumpa Farr Graeme Woodroffe NZ Mustang C&C Noel Angus NZ Nini Sweden Offwego V Holland Optimist B Carter Hans Beilken Germany Optimist Carter Hans Beilken Germany Outrage Carter Clyde Colson NZ Outrage Carter Clyde Colson NZ Pacific Sundance Farr Del Hogg NZ Panther S&S Ian Lichtenstein NZ Pathfinder S&S Roy Dickson NZ Pied Piper Peterson USA Pied Piper Peterson Ted Turner USA Pilgrim S&S Graham Evans Australia Prospect of Ponsonby Farr Noel Angus NZ Raider Frank Primi NZ Rainbow II S&S Chris Bouzaid NZ Rasbora van de Stadt Belgium Rebel Wilson Brin Wilson NZ Renegade Lidgard John Lidgard NZ Resolute Salmon Chance Britton Chance USA Result Lidgard John Lidgard NZ Robin Hood Ted Hood USA Rockie Farr Peter Kingston NZ Rogue Lidgard John Senior NZ Roundabout S&S UK Runaway Lidgard John Lidgard NZ Sabina III Sabina IV Saiga Peterson A. Elmarrian Switzerland Scandinavia Schuttevaer Holland Silver Apple Holland G. Gryns Spain Smir-Noff-Agen Farr Don Lidgard NZ Solent Saracen Farr Jeremy McCarthy UK Solveig Barry Hargreaves NZ Staron Van de Stadt Holland Stormy Petrel S&S Syd Fischer Aus Sunbird II Japan Sunbra IV Peterson Italy Sunmaid V S&S Suspense Kaufman P. Hill Australia Swuzzlebubble Holland Ian Gibbs NZ Tarantella Finland Terrorist King Al Cassel USA The Magic Twanger Peterson Lowell North USA The Number Farr Graeme Woodroffe NZ The Red Lion Farr Stu Brentnall NZ The Red Lion Farr Stu Brentnall NZ Victoria S&S Goran Lundberg Sweden Wai-Aniwa Carter Chris Bouzaid NZ Warri Miller W. Hart Aust Wee Willie Winkie Holland Stu Brentnall NZ Wild Goose France Winnie Two Sweden Winsome Blue Holland David May UK Ydra Carter Agostino Straulino Italy Young Nick S&S Alan Warwick NZ