|Some of the 2017 Quarter Ton fleet assembled on the hard (above) and in the marina (below) at Cowes|
Speaking after racing Sam Laidlaw was delighted to have finally got his hands on the legendary Quarter Ton Cup, "I'm really excited, because we've had a number of attempts at this and been in the top three on several previous occasions. The crew have been fantastic. Brett has done a great job of looking after and preparing the boat and has been sailing with me for a long time now. With Dan on the bow, Tom on the jib and Robbie too we've got a very solid team.
|Cote approaches the top mark during racing on the second day of the 2017 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup (photo Paul Wyeth)|
|The fleet gets underway during the second day of the 2017 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup (photo Paul Wyeth)|
|Winner of the 2017 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup - Aguila (photo Paul Wyeth)|
|Pinguin Playboy - the winning Corinthian entry (photo Paul Wyeth)|
As well as the main prize for the overall winner of the Quarter Ton Cup, the event also awards a raft of other prizes. The Roger Swinney trophy for boats other than the winners of the Open and Corinthian Divisions rating lower than 0.910 was won by Whiskers.
Terence Dinmore's Captain Moonlight won the prize for the oldest crew, with a combined age of 334 years, and Willie McNeill's Illegal the youngest (167 years). The oldest bowman, winning the walking stick, is 59-year old Led Pritchard of Whiskers. The concours d'elegance for the best-presented boat went to Lincoln Redding's Lacydon Protis.
The report by quartertonclass.org and full results are here.
A further review of the series and the differences in racing between the Quarter Ton and Half Ton fleets from the Irish Afloat website is here.