Ireland returns to the Commodores’ Cup
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.
Sail Canada Mounts Challenge for 2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Hoping to bridge an almost 30 year gap in Canadian Offshore racing, Sail Canada has announced its intention to lodge a challenge for the 2014 Commodores' Cup by forming a three boat team of Canadian sailors.
"The likely make up of the team will draw on sailors from right across the country, with serious interest being expressed by Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver sailors," confirms Paddy Boyd, Executive Director/Directeur Général, Sail Canada/Voile Canada.
"Canada's last foray into offshore team racing was at the 1985 Admiral's Cup, where the three boat team of Pachena, Amazing Grace and Impetus crossed the Atlantic to race against 17 other countries. Since then, offshore team racing and Canadian involvement in such events has waned, but recently, there has been an upsurge of interest. IRC, the rating system used in the Commodores' Cup has a strong following in Lake Ontario and there are plenty of competitive IRC rated boats available for charter on the South Coast of England, reducing the cost to compete quite considerably," continues Boyd.
RYA seeks interest from owners for Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2014
As the autumn creeps in, most boat owners are looking forward to a break from the frenetic pace of the summer and autumn sailing season. However, the RYA is already planning for next season's premier sailing event, the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup which is being held in Cowes, Isle of Wight between 17-25 July 2014.
The biennial event, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, is one of the most prestigious events on the international yachting calendar culminating in a tough mix of inshore and offshore racing across a tense seven-day racing programme on the testing waters of the Solent.
With RYA GBR Red having won the event in 2012, the pressure is back on for a successful defence of the trophy. In order for owners to be able to plan and prepare their boats and teams, the RYA is looking to invite either owners or their representatives to a meeting in London or Southampton in late November to inform them of the selection process and to discuss training weekends and qualification events in the build-up to selecting the teams to represent the RYA.
2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup: Dates Announced and Notice of Race Published
The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the
2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup.
The event based in Cowes will start on Saturday 19th July 2014 and follow a similar format to previous years. A mixture of inshore races in the Solent, an offshore race in the English Channel and a race around the Isle of Wight, will finish with a final race and prize-giving on Saturday 26th July 2014.
The Commodores' Cup, which started in 1992 is an international three-boat team event using the IRC Rating system and is open to boats rated between 1.020 and 1.230, with only one boat rated above 1.150. It is a vigorously protected Corinthian regatta where the number of Category 3 sailors is restricted to one per boat, except for the boat rated above 1.150 which can have two.
It is an event popular with teams coming from all corners of the world and a number of countries having trials to select their respective participants. With numerous IRC boats based around the Solent, teams are able to charter competitive boats to reduce the cost of shipping boats to the UK.
2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Notice of Race
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014 is an international offshore regatta for national teams racing under the IRC (Endorsed) rating rule (but not under team racing rules). The event will be held between Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th July 2014 at Cowes, Isle of Wight. The event is held within UK waters biennially.
Video: Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Winners
Victory for GBR Red as wind fills in for final day
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup ended with a more typical Solent day, finally providing sailors with some fresh conditions and waves for the last double points scoring race of this week long series for international three boat teams and their amateur crews.
With a 66 point lead going into the final race, RYA Team GBR Red were in a strong position but there have been several occasions in the past when a dominant team has lost this competition in the last race.
Today's final bout got underway on time, but the first attempt had to be abandoned when, cruelly, the wind dropped off to nothing as the leaders closed to within 200m of the line. As the week's first cloud line eased across the Solent, so a westerly filled in and when the Race Committee went to sail the race again the wind was up to 17 knots and slowly built into the low 20s by the final beat.
Snakes and Ladders Round the Isle of the Wight
The seven teams in this international event for amateur crews got their money's worth. The race proved to be one of the most dramatic laps of the Isle of the Wight we have followed, including some monstrous snakes and ladders, for some boats the most wind their crews had seen all week and the whole gamut of conditions (or up to 18 knots at least) culminating in the latter two thirds of the fleet being becalmed on the final approach to the finish.
Despite this, day six of the regatta was the first where one team managed to put in a consistent performance with all three boats in RYA Team GBR Red finishing in the top five. From being 10 points ahead at the start of the day, they are now 55.5 points ahead of the GBR White. This leaves them in good shape going into tomorrow's final double points scoring inshore race.
Video: Action from day 4 of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2012
Stunning day on Hayling Bay
Two thirds of the way into the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and still it remains very tight between the seven international three boat teams taking part. After five days of racing this is the first day the lead hasn't changed - with RYA Team GBR Black ahead on day one, France pulling into the lead after the offshore race and RYA Team GBR Red edging ahead yesterday. After today's two races, the Red team has extended slightly while RYA Team GBR White has overhauled the French to move up to second overall, on 216 points to the leader's 206, with two races to go.
While conditions remained more Cote d'Azur-like than we have come to expect this summer, today the race area was shifted east from the Solent to Hayling Bay. This provided a generally more regular course, a 7-10 knot easterly that veered slowly right through the afternoon, and less tidal effect until the second race when a few boats got caught out being washed down on to the weather mark and were obliged to carry out penalty turns.
GBR Red Takes the Lead
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup fleet received an inadvertent visit from HM Queen Elizabeth II this morning, her Diamond Jubilee Tour taking in Cowes Yacht Haven where the 21 boats are based in this premier three boat team event for international amateur crews.
This afternoon only one race was held, again along the Lee-on-Solent shoreline as it was on the first day with the 6 - 9 knot southeasterly, enough for the boats to race. The boats then had to head out into the tide to round the first mark and spreader mark before heading back downwind. The course was shortened, when a southwesterly sea breeze filled in after a brief transition just short of the finish line.
Winner of the day was the young British Keelboat Academy crew on former RORC Commodore David Aisher's J/109 Yeoman of Wight competing in RYA Team GBR Black, whose time corrected out to more than two minutes ahead of John van der Starre's J/111 Xcentric Ripper in the Benelux team. However it was RYA Team GBR Red which put in the best performance of the day slipping into first place on 151.5 points, although they are just three points ahead of yesterday's leaders, France.
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup fleet came ashore today after their high scoring offshore race with war stories, not of wrestling on the foredeck in gale force winds but of repeatedly anchoring in a flat calm to prevent themselves being whisked off down Channel by the powerful spring tide.
After heading east down the Solent from Cowes yesterday lunchtime, the boats had to head out into the English Channel, down to a virtual mark 17 miles south of Bembridge. Unfortunately after passing this virtual mark late yesterday afternoon, the westbound tide was so strong and the wind so light that they were unable to get back to complete the mark rounding. Thus the entire fleet was forced to anchor for most of the evening until the tide turned. This `kedging', they managed with mixed success.
Race Update: NED40010 Baraka GP takes line honours in the Offshore Race
Following very light winds throughout the night and Tuesday morning, the Race Committee changed the course to remove the leg to CS1 and back. As the boats slowed again in strong tide this morning, the decision was made to shorten the race at Bembridge Ledge.
Harmen de Graaf's Ker 40, Baraka GP, was the first boat to cross the finish line at just after 11 hrs this morning. Second across the line was Jonathan Goring's Ker 40, Keronimo.
Results, including the required finishing times to win or displace other finishers (see comments column) are online. Click here to access the results for the Offshore Race.
Overnight Driftathon Expected
At 1000 the 21 competing yachts set off on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 24-36 hour long offshore race, the most highly scoring segment in this series for international three boat teams with amateur crews.
While conditions this year have been mainly blustery, the start today was in the same summery conditions as yesterday, with brilliant sunshine but precious little wind.
The race management team has set up a complex course for the offshore race, taking the boats east out of the Solent and through the Forts, before heading south to a virtual mark 17 miles out into the Channel. Once round this the boats retrace their steps north towards the Outer Nab mark, before taking a long leg east to the CS1 mark, 15 miles south of Brighton and back. In total the proposed race is 154 miles long, but it seems highly likely it will be shortened.
Video: Action from the first day of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2012
GBR underdogs take an early lead
Much to the delight of competitors and organisers alike, Mediterranean conditions prevailed on the Solent today as the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup leapt into action with two windward-leeward races held between Hill Head and Gilkicker Point in a 6-10 knot southeasterly.
In relatively light conditions a significant factor today was the tide which changed direction between the races, but not equally across the course.
After two races it is not the British A team, but the supposed British underdog team, GBR Black, that is leading after a consistent performance across their three boats, all finishing within the top eight of the 21 boat fleet.
Ready for action at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
On one of the first days of this summer when crews have been able to wear shorts and sunglasses, the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup fleet is in Cowes Yacht Haven preparing to go racing tomorrow in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's unique international three boat team competition for mostly amateur crews.
After an Opening Party at the Royal Yacht Squadron tonight, racing gets underway for the seven three boat teams at 1030 on Sunday with two inshore races. This is followed on Monday by the offshore race, designed to be 24-36 hours long, its scoring weighted by a 2.5x co-efficient. On Wednesday there is a single inshore race, two more inshores on Thursday, a Round the Isle of Wight race on the Friday, with a 1.5x co-efficient. A single inshore race rounds off the series on Saturday.
2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Videos
Videos in the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Playlist:
Videos are now available in "Videos" in the Menu "News".
Find more videos on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Youtube Channel
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First week of summer?
With racing due to get underway at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup this Sunday, 22nd July, the 21 boats competing are making their final preparations for the pinnacle event of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2012 calendar.
A crucial element a team considers in planning for any regatta is anticipation of the weather, but the latest forecast is indicating conditions next week far from what teams have been expecting. After the wettest June in the UK since records began more than 100 years ago, and an equally rainy July, this weekend the weather looks set to break finally, and summer may begin. This change looks set to coincide exactly with the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup.
The long term forecast shows high pressure moving towards the UK this weekend with temperatures soaring into the high 20s next Wednesday. The sun putting in an appearance may be welcome, but of more consequence to the teams is that with high pressure comes light wind and at present the forecast is indicating sub-10 knot conditions for at least the first half of the week.
2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Crew Lists
2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup: Crew Lists as of 16th July 2012
Please click the Read more... link to view the list of crew on each boat. Classification protests may be submitted to the RORC Race office from Monday July 16 2012. The Classification Protest Time Limit under ISAF Regulation 22.1 is 1800 hours on Sunday, July 22. List updated 14:00 21.07.2012
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