Team Hamble Champions with Protis!

The 2019 edition of the Quarter Ton Cup has been won by Team Hamble sailing Protis.  

With two second places on Day 3, their victory was emphatic with a 17.5 point margin ahead of second placed Bullet, sailed by Louise Morton and her all female crew.  Last year’s winner, Sam Laidlaw, was in third place sailing his recently aquired BLT.

For the full report go here.

Day 2 Completed

Close racing yet again for the Quarter Ton Cup.  See the racing report here and results here.

Second change to Notice of Race published

Amendment 2 to NoR can be viewed here.

Racing documents published

A change to the Notice of Race has been published.

The Sailing Instructions have also been published.

Both documents can be seen, together with the Notice of Race, on the Official Notice Board (ONB).

2019 Social Programme

In addition to drinks after the Competitors’ Briefing at Cowes Yacht Haven (pay bar), there will be:

  • On Monday 10th June, Morty would like to invite you to Wight Shipyard in East Cowes (the Union Jack shed) for a hog roast.  This will be take place immediately after sailing, informal and in your sailing kit.  Approximate timings 5pm - 6.30 pm, and is sponsored by Wight Shipyard.  If you have rib, come over to Venture Quays but we will be running a rib shuttle service for those without transport. This is event is free to competitors but still must be ordered (see below).
  • On Tuesday 11 June, we have organised drinks and nibbles at the Moocow, a local Tapas restaurant, between 1830 and 2000 hours.  Tickets cost £15 per person.  The Moocow is located in the corner of St Mary’s Road carpark and is a short walk from the Marina.

Tickets for both events must be ordered by 9th June using the form here.

On Wednesday 12 June, prize giving (with a pay bar) will be held at the Event Centre as soon as possible after racing.

Notice of Race Published

The Notice of Race for the 2019 edition of the Quarter Ton Cup is published and can be found here.  The Entry for is also available here.

The Pre-Event Report can be viewed here.


Aguila And Pinguin Playboy Victorious At 2018 Quarter Ton Cup

Sadly, the wind gods refused to smile on the final day of the Quarter Ton Cup off Cowes and no racing was possible. The race committee went afloat early to monitor conditions but held the fleet ashore at Cowes Yacht Haven.  Sadly by 13.15 it was clear that there was no hope of wind before the 14.30 final start cut off time and so Race Officer Rob Lamb made the inevitable decision.

Despite the lack of a final race the regatta was declared a resounding success by the competitors with eight exceptionally close races being run over two days. By a six-point margin the 2018 Quarter Ton Cup winner if confirmed as reigning champion Aquila, designed by Rolf Vrolik, owned and helmed by Sam Laidlaw and crewed by Brett Aarons, Gareth Fowler, Tom Forrester-Coles and Robbie Southwell.

In accepting the Quarter Ton Cup Sam Laidlaw paid tribute to his crew and to his fellow competitors, and in particular thanked Class Secretary Louise Morton for not only organising a fantastic regatta, but for also providing them with such great competition. He also thanked Rob Gray who had played a pivotal role in encouraging him into the Quarter Tonners.

Second place overall went to Kieran Hayward and his team of Mark Lees, Duncan Yeadlsey, Ben Cooper and Sam Richmond sailing the 1978 Fauroux designed Blackfun. This team also won the Rigit UK Low Rating Division Trophy. 

Louise Morton and her all girl crew of Lucy Macgregor, Kate Macgregor, Susie Russell, Vicky Lenz and Bethan Carden aboard the 1978 Fauroux designed Bullet took third place overall and also claimed the Coutts Trophy for the boat with the most race wins, thanks to their three conquests on the opening day.

In the Corinthian Division for all amateur crews Pierre Paris’s Pinguin Playboy, designed in 1979 by Fauroux and crewed this week by Jerome Herbert, Rodolphe Deschamps, Benoit Duchemin and Baptiste Touzard, claimed the Corinthian Quarter Ton Cup Trophy for an incredible fifth time.  This wonderful group of friends sail over from Le Havre each year to compete and are terrific international ambassadors for the class. 

Second place in the Corinthian Division went to the 1980 Quarter Ton Cup winner Hellaby, which was designed by Laurie Davidson and this week has been crewed by helmsman Simon Smith, owner Rob Stewart, Nick Young, Alistair Blair and Barry Shotton from the Medway. The Corinthian podium is completed by the 1974 Norlin designed Olivia Anne VI, owned by Jan Thirkettle and crewed by Matt Perkins, Maria Perkins, Ewan Adams and Will Holden.

The regatta came to a delightful conclusion with the traditional Quarter Ton Cup Gala Dinner and Prize Giving, held in Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre.  Class Patron Bob Fisher was on hand to oversee proceedings and help present the prizes and as usual much merriment was had by all.  

Alongside the racing prizes there was also the presentation of the traditional QTC special awards. 63 years young Jo Manser of Great Bear IV took home the Quarter Ton Walking Stick, which is awarded to the Oldest Bowman in the fleet. Terence Dinmore, Dan Pearce, Ian Court, Jon Kilburn and Dave Green of Captain Moonlight won the Oldest Combined Crew Age prize with a combined age of 371 years, which averages out at just over 74 years young! At the opposite end of the spectrum Blackfun’s crew won the prize for the youngest team at the regatta with a combined age of just 154 years.

One of the biggest cheers of the evening was reserved for the presentation of the Marineware Concours d’Elegance Trophy which was awarded to the 1976 Stephen Jones designed Wings, owned by Berry Aarts. Wings has looked particularly splendid this week in her striking orange livery and Bob Fisher was particularly proud to award the trophy personally as Wings is the boat which he skippered to fifth place in the 1978 Quarter Ton Cup in Japan. Berry and his team are long standing supporters of this regatta and their love of and pride in Wings are clear to see and make them hugely popular winners.

Photographs are available from

Sailing Instructions Published

Sailing Instructions can be found here.

The Notice of Race has also been amended in respect of the Roger Swinney Trophy.  Click here.

The current entry list is as follows:

SIs to be Published

Sailng Instructions will be published by Monday. Entries now sit at 20.  Click here for the list.

Current entry (11th June)

This is the latest entry list:

Entry List Updated

This is the latest entry list, as of 4th June:

enter now!

The entry fee increases by £50 after 6th June, so only a few days left at the lower fee.  Current entries can be seen here.

Notice of Race Released

The Notice of Race can be found here.  There has been a delay in releasing this as the Quarter Ton Class has been waiting for formal confirmation of its new affiliation with the RYA, thus allowing it to be the Organising Authority for the Quarter Ton Cup.

Entry forms and social tickets can be found here.

2018 Quarter Ton Cup

The provisional dates for the 2018 Quarter Ton Cup are Wednesday 20 June to Friday 22 June inclusive.  

2017 Quarter Ton Cup Winner - Aguila

Sam Laidlaw lifts the Quarter Ton Trophy for 2017 with his crew on Aguila.  The Corinthian Trophy awarded yet again to Pierre Paris’s Pinguin Playboy.  Read the full report here.

Race Schedule for Friday

The warning signal for the first race on Friday will be at 1000.  
The CB will leave the marina at 0800.

The intention is to run 4 races.  The latest possible warning signal is 1430 - see Sailing Instruction 5.3.

Racing Cancelled Wednesday

At 1130 the conditions in the central Solent were too poor for racing.  There was 22 knots gusting 25 knots from 260 degrees, a short choppy sea with white water.  The forecast was for a decrease in wind strength but only after 4pm when wind against tide will begin.

Racing was postponed for the day.

The plan is to run 4 races on Thursday with the first warning signal at 1100.

Racing Reports can be found here.

Weather Update

The forecast is changing and it appears that the front referred to yesterday is going through earlier.  The latest forecasts show mean windspeeds of 16 knots from 1500 on Wednesday.  The gusts are intense in the forecast but the wind direction is a westerly, so it is likely that these gusts will not materialise.  This is what is currently (1000) seen on BrambleMet - forcasts shows 10/16; actual at the Bramble Post shows 13/15.

The tide is slack before the ebb in the Hillhead area at 1540.  We can expect flat water until 1600.

It is likely that we should get at least one race on Wednesday.  It is also possible that the front will continue to go through a little earlier.  

The Race Committee have made the decision that there will be no Racing before 1300 on Wednesday.  The Race Management Team will assess the situation further on Wednesday morning and inform competitors of the plan by VHF, broadcasting on Ch 77 on the hour and half hour from 1130 onwards.  Boats should remain in the marina until 1200.

Wednesday’s Weather

The weather forecast for Wednesday looks difficult.  Whilst the Atlantic weather systems are not encouraging they do look predictable with a front due to pass through the Solent on Tuesday night.  HW Portsmouth is at 1743 on Wednesday so with a westerly wind, and strength as per the current forecast, the sea state will become nasty at about 1630, just as the wind should start to ease.  However, if the front passes just a few hours earlier it may be possible to get a race in when the wind and tide are running in the same direction.  It is too early at this point in time to make a good decision about Wednesday’s racing.

We will continue to look at the forecasts.  It may be appropriate to make a decision before Tuesday lunch time about Wednesday.  However, Registration and the Briefing will still go ahead as planned on Tuesday.

We will email skippers with any further posts concerning this.

Sailing Instructions Published

Sailing Instructions can be found here.

Entries can be seen here

Enter here

Please remember to book your tickets for the BBQ and the Dinner here.

Notice Of Race Published

The Notice of Race for the 2017 Quarter Ton Cup is published - click here.  The Organising Authority is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club (in conjunction with the Quarter Ton Class).  Racing will be held in the central Solent as in previous years.

Entry will open on 1st June using the Royal Southampton’s on-line system.  Click here to be taken to the entry details.