The evening of Tuesday 14 June saw the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes welcome representatives of the 26 teams that will race for the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016, which runs from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 June. The assembled company enjoyed a skipper’s briefing followed by a welcome reception on the club’s famous Platform as the sun set into the Western Solent behind them.
After an initial welcome by Colonel Tony Singer on behalf of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Quarter Ton Class Secretary Louise Morton thanked the club for its warm welcome and event sponsors Coutts for their ongoing support of the event which is now in its tenth year. She also thanked all the competitors for attending and particularly welcomed some new additions to the fleet.
Helleby, the 1980 Laurie Davidson design, which came second to Bullit in the Auckland Quarter Ton Cup of that year, has been tracked down by Robbie Stewart and makes her first appearance with the revival Quarter Ton fleet this week. Protis, the 1981 Fauroux design, which was built for Bruno Trouble and won that year’s Cup in Marseille, has been purchased by Diarmid de Burgh Milne and comes to the event fresh from a full refit at Casse Tete Marine. Fauroux’s 1989 design Tiger is well known to fleet but is under new ownership for this year’s event with Tom Daniel joining the family and looking forward to his first Coutts Quarter Ton Cup.
Louise also welcomed the many old friends returning to the the event and looked forward to some fantastic racing to come. With the welcomes complete Race Officer Rob Lamb ran through the formalities for the week, confirming that racing will be run in the Solent on a mixture of laid windward leeward and fixed mark courses. He noted that Thursday’s forecast for possible very heavy and thundery rain storms may limit the opportunities for racing that day, and so he announced that he intends to run four races on the opening day. Up to nine races are scheduled over the three days.
As always close racing is expected with a host of teams in with a chance of taking this year’s title. Louise Morton will be defending her title aboard Bullit, but those hoping to snatch the laurels from her include Rickard Melander’s Alice II, Sam Laidlaw’s Aquila, Tony Haywood’s Blackfun, Willy McNiell’s Illegal and Ian Southworth’s Whiskers, to name but a few.
The Quarter Ton Fleet is renowned for its camaraderie and love of a good party and this year’s Coutts Quarter Ton Cup will give them plenty of opportunity to exercise that love, with a very special BBQ at Cowes Yacht Haven on Wednesday evening and the famous Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Gala Dinner and Prize Giving on in the Royal Yacht Squadron Pavillion on Friday evening.
You can follow the latest news, results and images from the event at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Blog. Further information about the event is available from www.rys.org.uk, or from Quarter Ton Class Secretary Louise Morton on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)7769 972979.
Members of the media wishing to attend the event or requiring further information should contact Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Press Officer Fiona Brown on email@example.com +44 (0)7711 718470.