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Commodores’ Cup call up for six GBR teams

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2016-vac-ino-andrew-palfreyTwo teams will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup in Cowes (23-30 July).

The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is a biennial team event organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), comprising inshore and offshore events over a seven day competition.

Teams comprise of three boats within the IRC rating 1.000 - 1.230, their combined points are added up as one to crown the overall winner. This is one of the only international events for national teams in big boats and was first held in 1992.

After a thorough selection process, the teams have been confirmed by David Aisher, RYA Chairman of Selectors.

Andrew McIrvine, La Réponse (First 40) will Captain Team GBR Red with teammates Simon Henning, Alice (Mumm 36) and James Chalmers, Bengal Magic (J/35).

Leading Team GBR Blue is Michael Blair, Cobra (King 40), joining him are James Neville's Ino (HH42) and Tom Kneen, Sunrise (JPK 1080). This will be Keen's first Commodores' Cup and he will draw on the experience of the others in his team.

Jack Fenwick, RYA Keelboat Development Manager said: "We have been very lucky to have such a depth of talent take part in this year's trials for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup.

"The selectors have worked incredibly long and hard to put together the best teams that we can field and I feel that these combinations give us the greatest potential.

"We are now working towards the event itself and have secured Jochem Visser to act as this year's team manager to assist the crews with preparation and on water support."

Visser praised the selected team members: "My observations of the boats on the water gave me a very positive impression of the British BDCC members. The teams have a broad base of experience and seem to have very good performances across a range of conditions. I'm looking forward to working with them and helping develop the great skills already present within the British teams to make sure they have the best chance of success."

Team GBR Red
La Réponse, First 40, Andrew McIrvine
Alice, Mumm 36, Simon Henning
Bengal Magic, J/35, James Chalmers

Team GBR Blue
Ino, HH42, James Neville
Cobra, King 40, Michael Blair
Sunrise, JPK 1080, Tom Kneen