Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland in pursuit of the Cup

by Trish Jenkins on 12 Feb 2014
2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup Rick Tomlinson © http://www.rick-tomlinson.com
For the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, Ireland is once again in pursuit after having tasted victory in the 2010 contest.

The team is set to make a comeback in the international offshore regatta for national teams, organised by The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and staged at Cowes from July 19th to 26th.

Heading Team Ireland as Captain of the three-boat squad is seasoned campaigner Anthony O'Leary from the Royal Cork Yacht Club. He led the 2010 team to their first major Irish victory on the Solent and will participate with his Ker 39, Antix.

'We are delighted to have the opportunity to return to the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and are looking forward to competing in what we believe to be one of the most challenging of events in the sailing calendar. We were all very disappointed to miss out in 2012 and are really looking forward to next July in the Solent,' comments O'Leary.

Ireland's second boat Catapult, the Ker 40 owned by American Mark Glimcher, is a previous US IRC National champion. The boat will shortly be shipped to Europe for an intensive crew-training phase. The crew will include a mix of the boat's regulars as well as Irish sailors, including Olympians Peter O'Leary and Dan O'Grady who competed on Catapult at last month's Key West Race Week.

Completing the three-boat Irish team is the Grand Soleil 43, Quokka, a competitive IRC boat with a strong track record. The boat has been chartered by Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dublin. Boyd, Vice Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will race on board Quokka in the Caribbean 600, organised by the RORC and starting in Antigua on 24 February.

Barry Rose, ICRA Co-ordinator for the team explains: 'Ireland has an impressive track record resulting in the 2010 team bringing home the Commodores' Cup. We also achieved notable performances in 2006 and 2008, but have been working for some time to ensure a top level Irish Team for this year's event having missed out in 2012. We have an intensive schedule and will have several months preparation time which is good.'

Team Ireland's campaign will begin with the Warsash Spring Series and along with other regattas, includes the RORC Easter Challenge and IRC National Championship in June.

ICRA Commodore, Norbert Reilly, welcomed the development of such a high calibre team with a strong Irish crew on all three boats. The team will include sailors who won the Cup in 2010, combined with some new talent. There is also serious interest from a fourth boat to form a second team from Ireland and ICRA are inviting interest from another two boats to form Ireland Orange Team.

The Notice of Race can be viewed and downloaded from the website or contact the RORC Race Office: Event Website
Protector - 660 x 82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Meet Clipper 2017-18 Race skipper Wendy Tuck
For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. For Wendy ‘Wendo’ Tuck, one race around the world was never going to be enough. And as a result, she’s set to make history in the Clipper 2017-18 Race as the first Australian skipper to complete the arduous ocean challenge twice.
Posted today at 6:04 am
Round the Rocks kick's off St. Thomas International Regatta
Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in St. Thomas International Regatta. Nearly 60 sleek sailing yachts from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and Europe will race in the 44th St. Thomas International Regatta. Set for March 24 to 26, this three-day regatta known as the ‘Crown Jewel of Caribbean Yacht Racing’ will be prefaced by the second Round the Rocks Race on March 23, which features a circumnavigation of the 19-square-mile neighbouring U.S. Virgin Island of St. John.
Posted on 23 Mar
Vendée Globe – A hugely popular event and media success
With 29 skippers setting sail and 10 nations represented, the eighth edition offered a wide range of projects The results show huge increases everywhere: many more people attending the event, unprecedented media coverage and feedback, a record level of international coverage without talking about the very positive race outcome in terms of the rankings.
Posted on 23 Mar
RC44 Championship Tour heads to Lanzarote for final regatta
For 2017 the fleet will return to Europe's southern shores with racing hosted from the new facility, Marina Lanzarote The Calero Marinas have been a regular winter destination for the RC44 fleet over the years having hosted four regattas and three World Championships between 2010 and 2013.
Posted on 23 Mar
Less than a month to go to 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth
To date, 66 teams have signed up for the event, which bodes well for an exceptional vintage Péan will be casting an expert eye over the event that occurs 10-15 April. A seasoned and talented sailor, he boasts one of the most prestigious track records in French sailing, with victories logged in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1983, then the Whitbread (a crewed around-the-world race with stopovers) in 1986.
Posted on 22 Mar
Transat Jaques Vabre – Oman Sail takes on Class 40 challenge
The new campaign is the latest stage of the relationship between Al Hasni, one of Oman's most promising sailors Oman Sail has revealed a new adventure for 2017 as the pioneering national initiative takes on a double-handed Class 40 challenge pairing up mentor and long-term skipper of various Oman Sail projects, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet, with his protégé and Oman Sail’s most successful offshore sailor, Fahad Al Hasni.
Posted on 22 Mar
RORC Easter Challenge – Free expert coaching
A coach can optimise practice time, provide detailed analysis via both stats and video, can examine specific issues If you want to do better out on the race course, you could buy yourself a newer, more competitive boat. Or sail with a better crew. Or could buy some new sails. Or put in some practice. But keelboat crews frequently forget that one of the best value methods is to employ a coach.
Posted on 22 Mar
Vestas 11th Hour Racing launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign
Vestas are returning for a second edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill. The team are the fourth to announce for the upcoming edition, which begins on 22 October, and they will use the race to promote a sustainability message around the world.
Posted on 21 Mar
St. Barths Bucket Regatta – More action shots by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images
Posted on 21 Mar
St. Barths Bucket Regatta images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images
Posted on 21 Mar