Revisiting the One Ton Cup era

Published on November 27th, 2013

Back in the day, when grand prix handicap racing was going bonkers, the One Ton Cup was among the holy grails in the sport. Reputations were made at the One Ton Cup.

The One Ton Cup was first created in the early 1900s for the 6 meter class, but it became an ocean racing championship in 1965 when the RORC, and then later IOR, handicap rules gained traction. A “one tonner” was a specific handicap rating number, thus providing designers the target to create the fastest boat.

And they would all gather each year to race for the Cup.

Now, with the Cup long since fought over, 2-time One Ton Cup champion Chris Bouzaid (1969 and 1972) and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are seeking an indication of potential interest in a proposed “One Ton Cup Revisited” regatta, in Auckland, New Zealand, in February/March 2015.

The regatta would celebrate the (near) 50th anniversary of the One Ton Cup switching from metre class yachts to offshore racers, using an international rule (RORC) to measure and rate contestants. This was when interest in the Cup went global and led to One Tonners being regarded as the Formula One class of ocean racing.

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The current thinking is to cater for RORC and IOR One Tonners that were eligible for Cup competition between (and including) the years 1965 to 1983. The Cup increased the boat size in 1984.

The IRC Rating Rule would be used to equitably handicap the fleet which would be raced in two classes – RORC and IOR yachts 1965 to 1971 (inclusive), and IOR yachts 1971 to 1983 (inclusive).

The RNZYS has had a long involvement in the modern era of the event, competing for the Cup no less than 12 times, in seven different countries. In the process, it has won the Cup on five occasions and hosted the event twice.  

The current proposal for the “Revisited” regatta would be to mirror the One Ton Cup of old – such that there would be three inshore races, a short ocean race and a proper ocean race. In deference to contestants and boats, however, the inshore races would be of approximately 20 miles length, while the short ocean race would be a 40-miler (approx) and the ocean race a 100-miler (approx).

There would be a Prix d’ Elegance and other innovative awards, with an opening ceremony and  prizegiving that would do full justice to New Zealand’s legendary record for celebrating major sailing occasions.

There would also be a New Zealand Millennium Cup super yacht and One Ton Cup Revisited weekend at the beautiful Hauraki Gulf island of Kawau, with its famous Mansion House which, in the mid-to-late 1800s, was the residence of the then Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey.

This will be a high-profile sailing period in Auckland.

The Finn Gold Cup will be raced off Takapuna Beach in February 2015, while the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland (from China) on or about around 26 February 2015, and leave for Itajai, in Brazil, on 15 March 2015.

The proposed “One Ton Cup Revisited” would be an important and integral part of this major celebration of sail.

Those interested should communicate, by email that interest, with brief detail of the One Tonner that might/would be involved: Alan Sefton, alansefton@xtra.co.nz

Below is an example of boats that were eligible One Tonners up to and including 1983 (updated Dec 4, 2013 but by no means definitive). Please email the Scuttlebutt editor with any corrections and/or additions:

Boat Name Designer Original Owner Owner Country
45 South Farr Graeme Woodroffe NZ
Alpha Tauri Carter Germany
America Jane III Kaufman George Tooby USA
Ancilla S&S Sweden
Apecist Carter Bimmy Fischer Germany
B-195 Peterson Tom Stephenson Australia
Belita VI Carter Holland
Billycan Holland Bill McKay Scotland
Breyell
Breyell II Belgium
Bullet S&S Andy McGowan USA
Bushwacker Harry Smith USA
Carolina S&S Finland
Ceil III Miller W. Turnbull Hong Kong
Celebration Bill Cook
Chartreuse II
Clarionet S&S UK
Clay Target Hong Kong
Columbine Dick Carter USA
Concord S&S Vitali & Johnson NZ
Country Boy Farr Clyde Colson NZ
Crescendo Brian Barraclough NZ
Eliza Peterson Germany
Escapade S&S Gil Hedges NZ
Exador Farr Tom McCall NZ
Export Lion Farr Stu Brentnall NZ
Firewater Bill Cook
Fortune Hunter Doug Peterson
Gambol Coyte Tony Coyte NZ
Ganbare Peterson USA
Gauntlet Mike Coupe NZ
Geronimo Farr NZ
Golden Apple Holland J. Ewart UK
Gumboots Peterson Jeremy Rogers UK
Hati IV Peterson Chris Bouzaid NZ
Hawk Bill Tripp USA
High Tension de Ridder George Stead UK
Holiday III Chance USA
Jan X1V Sweden
Jenny H Farr Ray Haslar NZ
Jiminy Cricket Farr Stu Brentnall NZ
Joran Carter Jean Berger Switz
Karate Peterson Jeremy Rogers UK
Kerkyra II S&S Marina Spaccarelli Italy
Kerkyra IV S&S Marina Spaccarelli Italy
Kindred Spirit Doug Peterson Bob Barton USA
Kishmul S&S A. Tengblad Sweden
Lancer IV Ron Holland Craig Davis USA
Lisoletta Austria
Lively Doug Peterson George Lewis
Love Lace Farr Keith Andrews NZ
Mardi Gras Farr Chris Beckett NZ
Maria S&S D.A. Cooper Aus
Mark Twain S&S Jock Sturrock Aust
Moonlight Townson Peter Mulgrew NZ
Morningtown S&S Mike Winfield UK
Mr Jumpa Farr NZ
Mr Jumpa Farr Graeme Woodroffe NZ
Mustang C&C Noel Angus NZ
Nini Sweden
Not By Bread Alone Doug Peterson William Donovan USA
Offwego V Holland
Optimist B Carter Hans Beilken Germany
Optimist Carter Hans Beilken Germany
Outrage Carter Clyde Colson NZ
Outrage Carter Clyde Colson NZ
Oystercatcher 79 Stephen Jones Richard Matthews UK
Pacific Sundance Farr Del Hogg NZ
Panther S&S Ian Lichtenstein NZ
Pathfinder S&S Roy Dickson NZ
Pied Piper Peterson USA
Pied Piper Peterson Ted Turner USA
Pilgrim S&S Graham Evans Australia
Prospect of Ponsonby Farr Noel Angus NZ
Raider Frank Primi NZ
Rainbow II S&S Chris Bouzaid NZ
Rasbora van de Stadt Belgium
Rebel Wilson Brin Wilson NZ
Renegade Lidgard John Lidgard NZ
Resolute Salmon Chance Britton Chance USA
Result Lidgard John Lidgard NZ
Robin Hood Ted Hood USA
Robin Too Hood Ted Hood USA
Rockie Farr Peter Kingston NZ
Rogue Lidgard John Senior NZ
Roundabout S&S UK
Runaway Lidgard John Lidgard NZ
Sabina III
Sabina IV
Saiga Peterson A. Elmarrian Switzerland
Scandinavia
Schuttevaer Holland
Silver Apple Holland G. Gryns Spain
Smir-Noff-Agen Farr Don Lidgard NZ
Solent Saracen Farr Jeremy McCarthy UK
Solveig Barry Hargreaves NZ
Staron Van de Stadt Holland
Stormy Petrel S&S Syd Fischer Aus
Sunbird II Japan
Sunbra IV Peterson Italy
Sunmaid V S&S
Suspense Kaufman P. Hill Australia
Swuzzlebubble Holland Ian Gibbs NZ
Tarantella Finland
Terrorist King Al Cassel USA
The Magic Twanger Peterson Lowell North USA
The Number Farr Graeme Woodroffe NZ
The Red Lion Farr Stu Brentnall NZ
The Red Lion Farr Stu Brentnall NZ
Vamp Doug Peterson Ted Turner USA
Victoria S&S Goran Lundberg Sweden
Wai-Aniwa Carter Chris Bouzaid NZ
Warri Miller W. Hart Aust
Wee Willie Winkie Holland Stu Brentnall NZ
Wild Goose France
Wildwood Doug Peterson Rusty Everdale USA
Winnie Two Sweden
Winsome Blue Holland David May UK
Ydra Carter Agostino Straulino Italy
Young Nick S&S Alan Warwick NZ

Boat list as of December 4, 2013
Boat list as of November 27, 2013

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