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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
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