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    Posted: 17 Mar 10 at 11:39pm

Torbay's regatta at the end of August this year will be hosting a class for Half Tonners. With the Ecover classics cup to be held here in the UK next year, this is a perfect time to line up against some of the main competition.

If you know of the whereabouts of a boat that's been hiding in a barn for years, get the owner to dust it down and get it to Torquay Regatta. There must be a lot of mature sailors out there who learnt to sail and how to race on a small wet boat back in the 70's and 80's here in the UK. Well like classic car racing it's usually better than the modern version, with more enjoyment on pushing the old machines just as hard as you did last time.   



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Juggs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 10 at 2:44pm
Has anyone out there in cyberspace seen or heard of the wherabouts of a Farr 1976 Half Tonner called Swuzzlebubble? She was in Irish hands racing out of Dublin and then just disappeared from sight, and hasn't been heard of since.

Also where is Glider 2 based now?

Thanks for any information............

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Yet another Half tonner will be joining the growing UK fleet, and raising the numbers in Falmouth to five boats. Miss Whiplash has been purchased from Southern Ireland by Garry Denning and Nick Hurst - both of whom are former J24 sailors.
The boys will be sailing across from Glandore, around Lands End and past the Lizard, ending up in Falmouth.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Juggs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Oct 10 at 6:57pm
The dates for the next Ecover Half ton classics for 2011 are 21st to 26th of August with the regatta to be held in Cowes and hosted by the Royal Corinthian yc.

Berthing will be in Sheperds Marina at a very reasonable price with the option of launching on the Island for visitors also at a very reasonable cost.

Racing will include a round the island long distance race as well as the usual windward leward and buoy races.

There must be plenty of older yachts out there that would qualify to take part in this regatta, possibly with more performance and age allowance to make some of the Grand Prix boats look sick!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Juggs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Dec 10 at 1:55pm
The Half Ton website has now been updated and is avaliable for viewing if you are interested.

http://www.belgi.net/halfton/
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thats a fanatastic picture of "fantasy" on the homepage.  i have very fond memories of her, i learnt to go offshore on here, and always to windward in 30+ knots off the east coast if i remember rightly!  happy days

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bar Talk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Dec 10 at 1:42pm
There are so far three boats from the UK signed up as part of the fleet on the half ton website, there must be more of you out there?
Who's going to sail at Cowes later this year in the Ecover Classics?
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The notice of race for this years Half ton Classics will be posted shortly. There have been rumours from the organisers that they are expecting more than 30+ boats to come from France, Belgium, Ireland, Finland and the UK following expressions of intent and interest. 
There are many production boats that would qualify from the UK and hopefuly they will come and enjoy the competition, with one race scheduled to take everyone around the Isle of Wight. There will be a class dinner one evening and a daily prizegiving. 
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Sage  [MGHS30] will be there, all being well, provided that the river Stour [Kent] hasn't silted up so much we cant get to the briney.
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Six boats from the West Country are showing an interest in taking part.
The Solent can provide at least five boats, with the East Coast another five or six.
Chia Chia will be coming out of hiberantion again!
The Belgian contingent will be bringing Thirteen boats - allegedly!
Ireland will be sending one for certain, with the possibility of another.
France has one boat fully paid up, with rumours of another seven.....
All that's needed is a Brewery to join the party!
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