The 35-boat fleet that assembled for the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup in Marseilles, France, included qualifiers from the well-attended French and Italian selection trials (a total of 70 boats competed in these two events), and several boats from other countries. The winds ranged from Force 2 to Force 11 (4 to 60 knots), and in the last race of the series, only three boats were able to reach the finish line.
|Protis, winner of the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup|
|Cifraline in trouble on a downwind leg during the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup|
|Adelaide - her ability to carry her spinnaker during the fourth race gave her a big advantage over the rest of the fleet|
The photo to the left is of Lorraine, another new Fauroux design owned by Hong Kong sailor Gilbert Ng and skippered by Helmer Pederson. The photo was taken by Beken of Cowes, on the first day of racing - another reef was needed on the second day and was too fresh for the photographers.
Due to the hard going in the first two races, only 29 entries began the 80-mile middle distance race, which started in much lighter conditions, with La Concorde taking the early lead. Protis moved up to second on the next downwind leg before passing La Concorde to move into first, a position that she would not relinquish. La Concorde was subsequently disqualified for rounding a mark incorrectly.
|Protis during typically fresh downwind conditions during the 1981 One Ton Cup|
|Protis - possibly during the first race, and before the more wild conditions of the second and fourth inshore races|
|The start of the third triangle race (photo Frederic Allain/Seahorse)|
|Protis above and below caught in the mistral wind in the fifth race|
Greg Dagge from Lorraine recalls that by evening they were just holding station off the Isle de Hyeres against huge waves that were coming off the land. They were in a good position when the compression strut between the chainplates gave way and they were forced to retire, but sailed back to Hyeres under bare poles and incredibly recorded speeds of up to 18 knots.
|New Zealand's Hellaby, sailed by John Lasher and which finished in fifth place overall|
|Another photo of Cifraline in trouble on a downwind leg|
|Protis during the 1981 Quarter Ton Cup (photo Seahorse magazine)|
|Protis as seen in 2015|