Where is the One Ton Cup now?
This article provides some background of this famous trophy, and will hopefully renew efforts to locate it and make it available again for competition for ex-One Ton class yachts.
One Ton yachts were the glamour level rating class in the era of offshore yacht racing. Level rating was the non-handicap form of racing under the IOR, where each boat was designed to the same rating, or ‘Ton’ class. The One Tonners had the ‘Coupe Internationale du Cercle de la Voile de Paris’, or the One Ton Cup, as its holy grail. The impressive trophy was designed in 1897 by Parisian jeweler Robert Bratiau in the Art Nouveau style, and formed of hammered silver, and weighs 10kg, and stands at just under a metre high.
|Rainbow II - winner of the last One Ton Cup held under RORC rules in 1969, and winner of the One Ton Revisited regatta held in Auckland in 2015 (photo Ivor Wilkins)|
|Wai Aniwa - winner of the One Ton Cup in 1972, seen here racing in the One Ton Revisited regatta in 2015 (photo RNZYS)|
|Gumboots - winner of the Cup in 1974 (held in Torquay)|
1971 Stormy Petrel (S&S, Syd Fischer, AUS)
1972 Wai Aniwa (Carter, Chris Bouzaid, NZL)
1973 Ydra (Carter, Mme Spaccarelli, ITA)
1974 Gumboots (Peterson, Jeremy Rogers, GBR)
1975 Pied Piper (Peterson, Lowell North, USA)
1976 Resolute Salmon (Marseille, Chance, Dick Deaver, USA)
1977 The Red Lion (Farr, Stu Brentnall, NZL)
1978 Tilsalg (Holland, Klaus Lange, GER)
1979 Pendragon (Davidson, John MacLaurin, USA)
1980 Filo da Torcere (Vallicelli, Stephano Roberti, ITA)
1981 Justine III (Castro, Francis Woods, IRL)
1983 Linda (Sciomachen, Mario Pellaschier, ITA)
|Jiminy Cricket - winner of the White Horse Trophy awarded to the winner of the long offshore race in the One Ton Cup 1976 held in Marseille|
|The Red Lion - winner of the 1977 One Ton Cup held in Auckland|
|Linda - winner of the Cup in 1983 in Brazil, the last held for yachts to the original 27.5ft IOR rating|
The decision to change the rating limit was soon vindicated with 24 boats from 12 nations competing in the 1984 series, and in 1985 the Cup was held in Poole, before the Admiral's Cup of that year, and saw 38 yachts from 15 nations competing.
|Passion 2 - winner of the Cup in 1984, the first event under the new IOR limit of 30.55ft (held in La Trinite)|
1984 Passion 2 (Briand, Philippe Briand, FRA)
1985 Jade (Humphreys, GBR)
1986 Andelsbanken (Jeppesen, DEN)
1987 Fram X (Farr, Crown Prince Harald, NOR)
1988 Propaganda (Farr, Richard Dodson, NZL)
1989 Brava (Farr, B Finzi, ITA)
1990 Okyalos VI (Jeppesen, George Ertsos, GRE)
1991 Vibes (Farr, David Clarke, USA)
1992 Brava Q8 (Farr, Paul Cayard, ITA)
1993 Pinta (Judel/Vrolijk, Peter Lester, GER/NZL)
1994 Pinta (Judel/Vrolijk, Rod Davis, GER)
|Part of the 24 boat fleet just after the start of a race in the 1988 One Ton Cup held in San Francisco|
|Okyalos VI - winner of the One Ton Cup in 1990 held in Marstrand|
|Pinta - winner of the One Ton Cup in 1993 and 1994, the latter being the last time it was held under IOR|
|Brava Q8, seen here to the right on port tack - winner of the 1995 One Ton Cup, held in the ILC40 class under the IMS rule|
|IC45 class yachts racing for the One Ton Cup in 2002 - the winner, K-Challenge One, to the left (photo Latitude 38)|
The photographs of the One Ton Cup at the 2002 prizegiving seem to be the last time that it was seen as part of a competition (photo, left). K-Yachting announced a new K-One Design 33 which would contest the One Ton Cup in 2004 in Monaco, but it does not appear that this class was ever established. It was hoped that the Cup could be found for the 'One Ton Revisited' event held in Auckland in February 2015, but enquiries were unsuccessful. If the Cup is ever found it will probably need to revert to the CVP to determine what future it might have. It is understood that there are efforts underway to host a regatta in France for European-based One Tonners, and such a regatta could only benefit from reinstating the impressive One Ton Cup trophy as its overall prize.
A short video (above) of the racing in St Tropez in 2002, the last time a contest was held for the One Ton Cup.