The Royal Cork Yacht Club are pleased to issue the Notice of Race for the upcoming Quarter Ton Cup in Crosshaven Co Cork, July (13th to 15th) 2023.
The event will take place over three days with Windward/Leeward race courses planned. The NOR highlights the intention to hold at least three races a day.
The very competitive fleet shall provide some great racing. It is hoped that the large south coast of England Quarter Ton fleet will travel to Cork. The active Irish fleet is also expected to compete.
The Quarter Ton Class has a long association with Cork Harbour with many sailors remembering the ‘J Class’ from the 1960s evolving into the ‘1/4 Ton’ fleet in the 1970s and 1980s. Ruffian 24s, Sadler 25s, GK24s, Eygthene24s, Manzanita, Starflash, Bolero etc providing the back bone of the fleets back then. The recent selection by todays Quarter Ton Class to hold their championship at the Royal Cork Yacht Club has brought back some great memories for a certain group of club members that raced in the same event back in 1987. It was held in late August and early September. The most talked about memory is the ‘Offshore Race’ which took the 25 boat fleet from Crosshaven to the Bulman off Kinsale and then all the way out to the Gas Rigs (in the dark) and back in and around Kinsale and Cork Harbour. It was a trying race with lots of wind and big seas for the 24’ boats of the time. Remember they raced with four crew only and there was no GPS or Navionics to help on this overnight race.