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2012 News

Victory for GBR Red as wind fills in for final day

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GBR Red, winners of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2012. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comThe 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.

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Stunning day on Hayling Bay

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Team Ambush Quokka 8, winners of inshore race 5 of day 5 of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlison.comTwo 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.

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GBR Red Takes the Lead

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Magnum III leads the fleet on the water on Day 4 of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comThe 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.

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Anchor Practice

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Peninsula Signal 8 during the Offshore Race of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2012. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comThe 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.

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Race Update: NED40010 Baraka GP takes line honours in the Offshore Race

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NED40010 Baraka GP takes line honours in the Offshore Race during the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. Photo: RORC/Rick TomlinsonFollowing 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

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The boats head east down the Solent after the start of the Offshore Race for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comAt 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.

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Video: Action from the first day of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2012

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GBR underdogs take an early lead

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The boats line up for a start in Day 1 of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. Photo: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.comMuch 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.

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Ready for action at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup

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The boats finishing their pre event preparation for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup. Photo: James Boyd/thedailysail.comOn 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.

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First week of summer?

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Fleet Racing in the IRC National Championship 2012. Photo: RORC/Paul WyethWith 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.

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France reveals its hand

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Beelzebuth 3, Olivier Pesci's Grand Soleil 40, currently IRC 1 leader  of the Championnat Manche IRC UNCL 2012. Photo: matheophoto.comAs battle lines are being drawn up with the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup due to start on Sunday 22nd July, so France has been the final nation to reveal its team line-up.

Over the course of this spring and summer French contenders have been undergoing their own intense trials to determine the final three boat team, under the watchful eye of a Selection Committee comprising Henry Bacchini, Vice President of the Fédération Française de Voile, Marc de Saint Denis, President of the UNCL, and Jean-Michel Carpentier, UNCL Vice President and chair of the Racing Committee.

The three boats chosen are:
-          Beelzebuth 3, the Grand Soleil 40 owned by Olivier Pesci
-          Eleuthera, the Grand Soleil 44 R of Hervé Borgoltz
-          Nutmeg IV, J/122 of François Lognoné

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Henri Lloyd Launch official Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup Merchandise Range

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Henri Lloyd Breaker Soft Shell Jacket - BlackWorld leading specialist marine clothing & footwear Brand, Henri Lloyd is proud to be the Official Technical Clothing partner of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup. Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup is one of the World’s leading international amateur regattas, which has a reputation for competitive offshore and inshore racing in the Solent.

To celebrate the regatta and Henri Lloyd’s official partnership, a commemorative clothing range featuring the official regatta logo will be on sale exclusively in the Henri Lloyd Cowes Store on Cowes High Street over the duration of the event.

The range will include the Henri Lloyd Breaker Jacket, Fast-Dri Polo and Fast-Dri cap.

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Seven Teams Confirmed for the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup

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GBR Team boats Premier Flair and Philosophie IV at the IRC National Championship 2012. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comWith the Monday 18th June final deadline for challenges having passed, so seven teams are to contest this year’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, to be held on the Solent and English Channel waters over 21st - 28th July.

For the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup each team as usual must comprise three boats. This year the four British teams will be up against strong competition representing France, Hong Kong and Benelux, the latter comprising two boats from the Netherlands and a third from Belgium.

Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Eddie Warden Owen commented: “It is great to see such a competitive fleet of boats and although the numbers are down, the quality of the competition within the fleet will be very high. Of course it’s disappointing that we do not have an Irish team defending the title they won in 2010. Anthony O’Leary said there was no lack of enthusiasm from the sailors it was just a case of finding the money to support the team’s campaign.” O’Leary skippered Antix, the winning Irish team’s big boat in the 2010 Commodores’ Cup.

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Team Benelux: The Cream of Belgium and the Netherlands

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J111 Xcentric Ripper - Photo Stefan Blom/BLURAfter they fielded three teams in pre-global economic meltdown 2008, but were absent two years ago, the Netherlands returns to the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup this July with Team Benelux, comprising two Dutch boats and one from Belgium.

While this might sound like a compromise team, this is anything but the case. All are top competitors in their home waters and regularly race aboard and all three, for example, participated in the Rolex Fastnet Race last year.

The Benelux big boat will be Harmen Jan de Graaf's latest Baraka GP, a Ker 40. This brings the tally of Ker 40s competing in Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup up to four, with Keronimo and Magnum III in GBR Red and White respectively and the Hong Kong team's Peninsula Signal 8.

Baraka GP will be joined by Robin Verhoef's J/111, Xcentric Ripper, and from Belgium, François Goubau's First 47.7, Moana.

The de Graaf family's racing campaign started five years ago with a Swan 53, before upping their game with the acquisition of a Swan 42. Unfortunately one design sailing in the 42 in North Europe didn't materialise as they had hoped and the de Graafs became hungry for a boat more competitive under IRC. This, they hope to have found in their new Ker 40. The latest Baraka GP has just arrived in the UK from her builders and her crew are descending en masse in Hamble this weekend to prepare the boat. If the stars align correctly they hope to make the final day's racing at the IRC National Championship on Sunday.

While the de Graaf family raced on their Swan 53, father Harmen Jan and sons Dirk, Olivier and Mees, plus some friends who have been competing on the Swan 42, are now transferring to the Ker. For the de Graafs, this will be their first Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, although some of their crew have competed in it before.

“It is going to be really tough when we sail it for the first time,” says eldest son Dirk of getting to grips with their new boat. “We will have to learn how to sail it, but we are good sailors and we are a very good team.”

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Henri Lloyd appointed as RORC Official Clothing Supplier

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Henri Lloyd - RORC Official Clothing ProviderThe Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) are delighted to announce a new partnership for the club in the form of the appointment of Henri-Lloyd as Official Clothing Supplier on a long term basis.

Henri Lloyd is widely regarded as a world leader in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel and have pioneered the development of fabrics, garment design and product development for nearly 50 years.

This partnership covers the production of RORC & event merchandise and branded sailing clothing for the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race.

"We are delighted to have the backing of the world's best producer of sailing clothing," said RORC Chief Executive, Eddie Warden Owen. "Henri Lloyd's no compromise approach to the production of foul weather gear is perfectly aligned to the requirements of our members who are all offshore sailors. The relationship will also benefit the large number of volunteers that support the RORC's racing programme."

The crew of 2011 RORC Yacht of the Year & Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Niklas Zennström's JV 72, Rán wear Henri Lloyd. Photo: Rolex/Carlo BorlenghiRORC members will receive a range of privilege benefits on Henri Lloyd products and a specialist service in the production of branded team clothing for their crew.

Henri Lloyd's Joint CEO Paul Strzelecki comments: "We are very excited and proud to have the Henri Lloyd brand associated with one of the world's foremost clubs. The RORC reflects some of the same heritage qualities as Henri Lloyd and with its large membership of experienced offshore racers and calendar of events, is a great club to be associated with. We are especially excited to be the merchandise provider for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup and the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2013 and look forward to a long relationship with RORC, their members and events.

   

Team GBR hoping to repeat 2008 success

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Andrew William's Mills 39, Dignity. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comWith the announcement of Great Britain’s four team line-up for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, then force of numbers, at the very least, will be on the side of Team GBR when racing starts on the Solent on 22nd July.

Run by the Royal Yachting Association, the British trials this year were based on two events, the RORC’s Morgan Cup offshore race followed by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club’s Vice Admiral’s Cup inshore series and proved to be one of the most competitive ever with 17 boats gunning for the 12 available slots. The 12 boats were chosen and then divided into their four teams by a selection panel comprising RYA Chairman and Head of the Selectors, Stacey Clark, Yachting Secretary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Chris Mason and Cowes Week CEO, Stuart Quarrie.

Selections and the subsequent team divisions were determined on a straight points calculation following the two events, the only exception being the two Ker 40s, Jonathan Goring’s Keronimo and Andrew Pearce’s Magnum III, which were unable both to make the top team, GBR Red, as only one ‘big’ boat (i.e. with a Time Correction Coefficient of 1.150-1.230) per team is permitted.

So GBR Red this year will comprise Jonathan Goring’s Ker 40, Keronimo, Andrew Williams’ Mills 39, Dignity, and Mike West’s Archambault 35, Eaujet – and they will be hoping to repeat the success of their forebears in 2008 when GBR Red last won the Commodores’ Cup.

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RYA Press Release: RYA Team GBR announced for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012

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Dignity at the 2012 Vice Admirals Cup. Photo: Fiona BrownThe GBR line-up for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012 has been completed today (Tuesday 22 May) with the announcement of four teams representing RYA Team GBR this July in one of the most prestigious events on the international yachting calendar.

The 11th biennial event gives crews the opportunity to compete for their country as part of a team event and is always an extremely competitive regatta. In 2008 RYA Team GBR won the Commodores' Cup and narrowly missed out to Ireland in 2010. This year, the RYA's selectors have sought to ensure the best possible combination of boats and crews to ensure victory this summer, and also help develop strength in depth for future years.

Read more: RYA Press Release: RYA Team GBR announced for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012

   

Third time lucky for Hong Kong?

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The Hong Kong Team's Ker 40 Peninsula Signal 8. Photo: Guy Nowell/www.guynowell.comHaving finished fifth on their first attempt in 2008 and second to the run-away Irish two years ago, the Hong Kong team is set to be one of the strongest entries in this year’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, to be held on the Solent over 22-28th July.

Competing in an event like this when you are based on the opposite side of the world has its logistical challenges so for this year’s event the Hong Kong team has chartered two well known British boats for their three boat line-up.

Erivale, the familiar Ker 39 of the RORC’s Commodore Mike Greville, has been chartered to Nick Burns, who campaigned his own Mills 40 EFG Bank Mandrake in 2010. Former RORC Commodore Peter Rutter has chartered his 2011 IRC Nationals-winning Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8, to leading Hong Kong-based Etchells sailor Ante Razmilovic, who will be both skipper and helmsman for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup.

“We managed to get two good boats, so we feel pretty comfortable,” says Team Co-ordinator Laurence Mead, who will be helming Erivale in what will be his fifth Commodores’ Cup. “The Hong Kong guys really love the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup. It is good fun, it is easy to do, it is not that time consuming and the balance between the Corinthian element and the competiveness is just right. It’s a very competitive event which is both hard to win and well worth it!”

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First showing for Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup Triallists

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Jonathan Goring's Ker 40, Keronimo at the Warsash Spring Series. Photo: Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comAlthough not an official trial for those wishing to compete for places in the teams to represent England in the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup this summer, Warsash Sailing Club created a class in their Spring Championship weekend series especially for the England team triallists. And what perfect training conditions the competitors enjoyed.

Three races on Saturday in 10-18 knots of wind and two races on Sunday starting in 12 knots and increasing to 22 were sailed on perfect windward-leeward courses. The Commodores’ Cup fleet were split into two classes, but started together to replicate what they would experience in this year’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup with all boats on one start line, whereas in previous years the classes have been split into three with separate starts.

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Near record turn-out for British trials

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Jonathan Goring's Ker 40, Keronimo. Photo: RORC/Paul Wyeth pwpictures.comThe Royal Ocean Racing Club’s more open rating bands for the 2012 Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup are having the desired effect: As the deadline closed for teams wishing to enter the British trials for this July’s Cowes-based event, so 17 boats had registered - a near record compared to past trials.

In addition to his important role as Chairman of the Royal Yachting Association, Stacey Clark is also Chairman of the Selectors for the British Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup team, a panel he sits on with professional sailor, Chris Mason, now Yachting Secretary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and Cowes Week CEO, Stuart Quarrie.

Clark himself has been helmsman on the various Cutting Edge campaigns, including most recently a Farr 45 and a TP52. “I think given the world the way it is at the moment, we are pretty pleased,” he says of the turn-out. “We have a healthy number of trialists and we are optimistic about being able to put forward very strong teams.”

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