Originally Posted by Bash
Without wanting to start a fight, I'd venture that the tonnage classes died right around when disco died.
changes after the Fastnet Race
where 16 people were killed.
As a vague rememberance....
1/4 ton were about 23 to 26 feet and didn't go in long offshore
races (some contributer here was foredeck boy in the (last?) World champs and came second sailing on the USA entrant)
1/2 tonners were about 30 to 34 feet and did long offshore
3/4 ton 35 to 40
1 ton about 40 feet
2 tonners 45 feet?
I might be a bit off the mark as they get bigger as I started sailing off shore in big boats. My main one was 48 feet but that wasn't rated in the tonnage class as I think it was in the open catagory and we raced in Number 1 Division... but with a huge age handicap... of the boat