The entry list is expanding rapidly for the Half Ton Classics Cup which will be held at Saint Quay Portreiux in Northern Brittany from 7 to 11 July 2014. More than 30 teams are expected to attend, and this 7th edition of the regatta is anticipating a bumper turnout including many of the best known boats and sailors in the class.
Launched in 2003, the Half Ton Classics Cup led the way for the revival of the IOR Classes and its philosophy has helped to ensure that most boats remain as close to their original designs as possible. This gathering of veteran race boats and veteran sailors brings together a fascinating mix of people and vessels, and whilst the racing is always fiercely competitive the ultimate prize in the competition remains the "Half Ton True Spirit Trophy" which is awarded to the boat and team who best represent the ideals and camaraderie of the class.
|Action from the 2011 Half Ton Classics Cup|
This year the HTCC regatta will be a true European championship for the small IRC rated boats, with all the top French and UK half tonners on the starting line. Insiders confirm that at least a dozen of them are potential event winners. The event's top boat, France's Brittany Drizzle, is a good example of the modern half tonner: in the same ownership since the early 1980s, and constantly maintained and improved by her meticulous owner, who is not afraid of sharing his knowledge with fellow competitors. With her unrivalled series of class wins, Brittany Drizzle is the record boat at Spi Ouest France regatta, the annual Easter sailing event in Southern Brittany's La-Trinité sur-Mer. More, with Concorde, Superhero and Half Red, the last three half tonners ever built, will be present in St-Quay. Surprising detail: Bernard Fournier Le Ray, owner of Brittany Drizzle, built two of them.
|Close racing in the 2013 event|
|The 2013 champion, Checkmate XV|
Also confirmed as a sponsor for the Half Ton Classics Cup is Whitfield & Brown, a reputable forward thinking construction and development company established in 1972, which provides a reliable professional service to clients in both the public and private sectors.
|Some of the fleet during the 2013 Half Ton Classics Cup|
Further information, the Notice of Race and Entry Form can all be found at the Half Ton Classics Class website. Members of the press wishing to accredit to attend the event or requiring additional information should contact Half Ton Classics Cup Press Officer Fiona Brown on firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel +44 7711 718470 or Skype fpbrown.
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