10 March 2014

One Ton Revisited 2015 - Press Release 11 March 2014

11 March 2014: The Notice of Race for the inaugural 2015 One Ton Revisited regatta has just been released. The regatta will be held in the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, New Zealand, from 28 February to 8 March 2015.  It starts with a passage race of 35 miles to Te Kouma (Coromandel), followed by two 20 milers, another 35-45 'long' course within the Hauraki Gulf, and finishes with a 25 mile 'short' Gulf course. 

Startline action during the 1988 One Ton Cup in San Francisco
The organisers have formulated a new 'One Ton Revisited Class Rule 2014', which includes an IRC maximum rating of 1.110, and a requirement for all hull series dates to be prior to 1996. Hull shapes are required to be original, although localised fairing of rating bumps and creases will be accepted.
Resolute Salmon - winner 1976

Racing is proposed within a single fleet, for which there will be overall points and prizes. Depending on entries, divisional results and prizes will also be awarded for the Classic division (RORC rating of 22.0ft or less), IOR 1 (IOR rating of 27.5ft or less) and IOR 2 (rating of 30.5ft or less). Applications will be considered for boats believed to have been genuine One Tonners, but for which there is no proof of an RORC or IOR rating. The Racing Secretary will seek the guidance of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC’s) Rating Office whose decision shall be final.

In order to preserve the heritage of the One Tonners, it will be permitted to use the original sail designation and numbers, i.e. KZ (NZL), K (GBR), I (ITA), F (FRA) etc. As another nod to authenticity, bow sprits and prods are not permitted.

Convergence at the top mark during the 1985 One Ton Cup in Poole
At this stage, the organisers have received serious expressions of interest from 28 would-be entries and two would-be charterers. They are from New Zealand (12), Australia (4), UK (4), Sweden (2), Canada (2), the USA (2), Holland (1), Switzerland (1), France (1) and New Caledonia (1).

The entry fee is NZ$1,000, and this includes 8 lunches per boat for each race day, and 16 invitations per boat to the pre-series cocktail party.

Cartoon drawing "The Ghosts of Christmas Past (start of the last offshore race in the 1983 One Ton Cup)"
Correspondence regarding entry forms, rules, ratings and safety requirements should be addressed to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's sailing manager Melanie Benton at mbenton@rnzys.org.nz, and copied to Alan Sefton (alansefton@xtra.co.nz).

See earlier press release here.

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