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Half Ton Classics Cup 2023 at Royal Norwegian Sailing Union and Hankø Yacht Club

by Bert Janssen 23 Aug 2023 11:09 BST 19 August 2023
The Evil (winners) - Half Ton Classics Cup 2023 in Norway © Trond Teigen / KNS

On Friday 19th August the Bagdad2 Friends-team led by Borre Hekk Paulsen took the highly coveted Half Ton Classics Cup with a nearly perfect sheet after 10 races. Sailing a 1985 Berret-Finot design, which went through a big refit by its previous owners, the team left only the long distance race and 1 windward-leeward race to her competitors. Two other Norwegian halftonners RAMPAGE and KING ONE completed the podium.

The Royal Norwegian Sailing Union (KNS) and the Hankø Yacht Club, in close cooperation with the Half Ton Class Norway, have organized a perfect event for a total of 33 teams, amongst which three teams from Belgium and one team from the UK. The Half Ton 'true spirit' reigned all along the race week.

This was emphasized at the final prize-giving, first by a heart-warming ode to and standing ovation for Martin Kamperhaug - the initiator of the halftonner revival in Norway - who received his weight (and more) in champagne, followed by the remittance of the Half Ton True Spirit Trophy. All the teams present almost unanimously choose to award this trophy to the father-mother-daughter-son team on board HUGIN.

Team CONCORDE won the Corinthian Trophy for being the best team without any professional on board and the women of MIDNIGHT X won the 'All Female Team' prize.

The atmosphere during the entire week was so good that plans are already being made to return to Hankø for a next edition, and why not to Marstrand or Sandhamn (SWE) in a few years time, when the Baltic halftonner fleet will be in full force again.


In 2003 a group of Belgian halftonner owners decided to revive the Half Ton Class, with a first event in Nieuwpoort (BEL). The series are raced under the IRC rating rule, and all participating halftonners must present a valid endorsed IRC racing certificate.

The fleet typically consists of 'top notch' boats (who underwent quite substantial modifications - within the Class Rules), good amateur teams on slightly modified boats and pure amateur teams, often just sailing together for the occasion, mainly on vintage halftonners.

In 2024 the 14th Half Ton Classics Cup will take place in the same waters where it all started in 2003.


The HTCE has been created in 2003 to accompany the renewed interest in the Half Ton class boats, a very popular racing class in the 70'ties and 80'ties.

The HTCE organizes the Half Ton Classics Cup since 2003. The event has been hosted in various European ports like Nieuwpoort (2003-2009-2015-2018), Dinard (2005), Dublin (2007), Cowes (2011-2022), Boulogne-sur-Mer (2013), St-Quay-Portrieux (2014), Falmouth (2016), Kinsale (2017) and recently Hankø (2023).

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Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoDesignBoat NameSailorClub
1NOR66666One‑offThe Evil / Bagdad2 friendsBorre Hekk PAULSENHVIT
2NOR19187One‑offRampageThomas OKSMOFRED
3NOR18094One‑offKing OneEspen KAMPERHAUGSARP
4FRA9292One‑offConcordeBror A BERGEBERG
5BEL7548One‑offGénéral Tapioca/BWTPhilippe PILATEBRYC
6NOR9974One‑offCantippaMagne TØNNESENFRED
7NOR6263Nessy 94Late BloomersMartin KAMPERHAUGSARP
8NOR16094One‑offAntheorLars INGEBERGSARP
9NOR4040One‑offFram VIIIHans‑Petter JENSENASKR
10NOR5072Nessy 94 CrBajazzo 5Rune WALLNERNESO
11SWE13X‑95XantéMorgan BROBERGStss
12BEL1633One‑offFarther BruinJan‑Jakob MUYLSVVW GA
13NOR4315Nessy 94Odins RavnJohn HATCHFRED
14NOR2700One‑offNorwegian SteamGunnar TØRNQVISTFRED
15NOR2595One‑offHero INPer OSENSARP
17BEL680Berret 1978Half MoonBert JANSSENKLYC
18NOR6300Banner 1/2 TonBanner ´nStig FØRLANDSARP
19NOR4711One‑offJuniorSivert BACH GUDIMSARP
20SWE7888One‑offÖdlegrinetJonas HYDMANSSB
21NOR4155One‑offSåVidtEspen EGGENFRED
22NOR4395Nessy 94VargBørre DAHLSARP
23NOR8856One‑offDubbel DuckTeam Dubbel DUCKSARP
24NOR34101/2 Ton First EvolutionKING for ONE dayArnstein SANDNESMOSS
25NOR4525X‑95Midnight XAlexandra WANGSARP
27NOR6871Nessy 94Crazy Horse JrKai KRISTIANSENFRED
28NOR5642Nessy 94VectorRoy Werner RUSSGJØV
29NOR4174One‑offHallingKjell STEINSTADLIHA
30NOR4312Nessy 94Nessy 94Rosemary NUNN 
31NOR4301First 30EHej RuneSvein Arild NILSENFRED
32NOR5810Nessy 94HuginRolv KARLSENASKR
33NOR2146One‑offAbeloneBirger BRÅLAND 
34NOR4311One‑offTinaTom Marius ELLINGSENKNS
34NOR6274Nessy 94Comeback KidEspen BAKKERUDLAKO

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