Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

RYA Team GBR prepares to defend Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup title

by Matt Carter on 17 Jul 2014
RYA Team GBR Red’s Robert Lutener; Ker 40 - Cutting Edge on Baraka in action at the RORC Easter Challenge 2014. Paul Wyeth
Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2014 - RYA Racing Keelboat Manager Nigel King admits the defence of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2014 will be a ‘tough challenge’ but one that his British contingent can overcome as they prepare to defend GBR Red’s title ahead of the biennial event which gets underway in Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday 19 August.

A tough mix of inshore and offshore racing, the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup is an intense seven-day programme (19-26 July) that pits teams comprising one boat in each of three specified class bands against one another to accrue overall team points.

Team GBR Head Coach King, who led the Brits to success at the 2012 event, said: 'Defending the title is always a very hard thing to do and will pose a tough challenge, but I know that the four GBR teams which we have selected for this year’s event will be giving it their upmost to rise to the challenge.

'The team that wins the event overall will have to be consistent all week across both inshore and offshore racing and will need all three boats to be near the front of the fleet. It’s a long week with a real mix of racing coming in quick succession, it will require a huge amount of mental and physical strength to not make mistakes, and no matter how well you sail you need your teammates to be doing the same to be successful.'

Great Britain is entering four teams, GBR Red, White, Blue and Scotland compromising three boats in each team which were selected by the RYA after a very competitive trials process earlier in the year. They will be joined by a well-equipped team from Ireland, who took event honours in 2010, and the French who will also be fielding four teams at the Royal Ocean Racing Club's flagship event.

King added: 'For most of the sailors competing, this will be the biggest regatta they have ever taken part in. They are incredibly motivated to give a good account of themselves and retain the trophy for Great Britain. We have two boats returning from the 2012 event but the remaining 10 boats are all fist time competitors. There a few sailors who were part of the 2012 event but are now on new teams, but whose experience of competing in this kind of regatta before will be crucial across the seven day programme.'

With an extremely tight and competitive fleet ready to do battle at the 2014 event, King expects the outcome still to be in the balance going into the last double-points race on Saturday (26 July).

'There has been a lot of talk about the Irish, and we know the French are sending four strong teams, however what makes it very interesting is whether any one team will have three boats that can really perform all at the same time, across a full range of conditions and course. It will undoubtedly be a highly competitive week of racing which I’m sure will go down to the final day of racing.'

RYA Team GBR Red, who clinched championship victory over second-placed GBR White two years ago, will compromise Iain Kirkpatrick’s X37, Fatjax, Mike Blair’s King 40, Cobra, and Robert Lutener’s Ker 40, Cutting Edge on Baraka.

'It is a privilege and exciting to be given the opportunity to represent GBR at such a prestigious event. Although we have not competed before in this event, we are expecting some stiff competition from some of the best boats and crews in Europe. Our aim remains simple, to be the top boat and assist wherever possible our teammates to retain the trophy,' expressed Fatjax’s Kirkpatrick.

'It is undoubtedly a difficult competition and teams such as that entered by Ireland face a real threat to retaining the trophy. However, we believe that our build up to this event has been unrelenting and this is demonstrated by Fatjax topping the qualifying rounds leaderboard for the GBR entry and winning IRC 1 in the Round the Island Race.'

Kirkpatrick brings a Fatjax team that have developed over a number of years with a great deal of success in the Solent, including winning their IRC class four times running in Cowes Week between 2005-2011 as well as a top 20 finish (third GBR Boat) in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013.

And with the regatta compromising an intense seven day programme, Kirkpatrick agrees that consistency will be the key for the defence of the prestigious trophy.

'The core Fatjax team has developed over a number of years together with some newer crew members. With that comes experience and maturity plus a passion to compete for the trophy. Being one of the slower true 'production boats' we do not stand out as being fast and glitzy, and our main challenge will be finding clear wind. However we are consistent and over such a regatta it will be consistency that wins.'

RYA Team GBR representatives for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2014:

RYA Team GBR Red
Iain Kirkpatrick; X 37 - Fatjax
Mike Blair; King 40 - Cobra
Robert Lutener; Ker 40 - Cutting Edge on Baraka

RYA Team GBR White
James Gair; Mills 39 - Localletterbox Zero II
James Neville; Corby 36 - INO
Ed Broadway; Ker 40 - Hooligan VII

RYA Team GBR Blue
David Aisher; J109 - Yeoman of Wight
Robert Stiles; J109 - Diamond Jem
Richard Patrick; Beneteau First 40 - Dusty P

RYA Team Scotland
Jamie McGarry; Swan 45 - Eala of Rhu
Rod Stuart; Corby 37 - Eos
Steve Cowie; Beneteau First 40 – Zephyr

The 2014 Team Crewlists can be found here.
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2014 will be held between 19-26 July 2014 at Cowes, Isle of Wight. For further information on the event visit event website.
Wildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearZhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Nandor Fa remembers some of the old days
The wind had increased and turned but not continuously. At night there was big drop in wind speed then it came back soon The wind had increased and turned, but not continuously. At night there was a big drop in wind speed, then it came back soon. I saw on the AIS that Stéphane’s speed went down to seven knots. I started worrying about him, then I met the reason too: there was a massive fog - just as if we were sailing by Ireland. I could see only 50 metres, which means one and a half waves.
Posted today at 5:23 am
Aon Youth Sailing Worlds - One door closes, another one opens
When Aon Youth Sailing Worlds gets underway there will be a new class and a new opportunity for the young sailors When the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships gets underway there will be a new class and a new opportunity for the young sailors to prove themselves in.
Posted today at 4:46 am
World Sailing Cup Final - Live video coverage from Melbourne - Day 1
The Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The deciding races will be streamed live on World Sailing TV on YouTube. Coverage started at midday local time or 0100UTC
Posted today at 2:09 am
Vendée Globe – Thomson and Le Cleac'h cross Tasman Sea
Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as low moves east with them. Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as the low moves east with them.
Posted on 9 Dec
Phuket King’s Cup 2016 – A Mark of Respect
Blessings on His Late Majesty for having inspired one of Asia’s greatest sailing events. For the past several years it has been a tradition at the Phuket King's Cup regatta to conduct a Sail Past on 05 December, in celebration of the birthday of His Majesty King Bumiphol Adulyadej. Since the sad demise of His Majesty, today’s Sail Past was a Commemoration rather than a celebration, and it was held on 09 December. The official name of the late King is Rama IX.
Posted on 9 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 14 – Aragon watches the clock
Aragon crew are a blend of family, friends and professional sailors and the youngest sailor was at the helm of Aragon. The crew of Aragon are a blend of family, friends and professional sailors and the youngest sailor, Anna Van Nieuwland was at the helm of Aragon as the team crossed the line.
Posted on 9 Dec
52 Super Series – Great strides towards sustainability
The 2016 season represents the second complete year in partnership with sustainability sponsor 11th Hour Racing. The 2016 season represents the second complete year in partnership with sustainability sponsor 11th Hour Racing.
Posted on 9 Dec
Strong winds continue on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall. Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall, three points ahead of Cypriot Pavlos Kontides. Rio Silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic finished second in both today’s races and is currently lying third overall, while Australia’s Tom Burton is in fourth overall. Burton scored a 12 and a five in today’s two races.
Posted on 9 Dec
Extreme Sailing Series – Oman Air close gap on Alinghi
Oman Air took every opportunity today and cornered the podium to close the gap at the top of the Act eight leaderboard. Team Oman Air took every opportunity on the Sydney Harbour race course today and cornered the podium to close the gap at the top of the Act eight leaderboard as the rivalry with Alinghi intensifies.
Posted on 9 Dec
SWC Final – Badloe and Squires pick up where their countrymen left off
Badloe holds the lead after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. Badloe holds the lead in the men's windsurfer after nine races and Squires pushed himself into contention after two bullets and a second. The pair, and the sailors across the ten Olympic and Open Kiteboarding fleets battled against a south westerly wind in excess of 20 knots coupled with a big sea state.
Posted on 9 Dec