Admiral's Cup cancelled

Peter Bentley and Andy Rice report as RORC promises "root and branch" reform of the event

Monday April 2nd 2001, Author: Peter Bentley & Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
In an announcement that can have come as no surprise to anyone, the RORC today put the final nail in the coffin of the 2001 Admiral's Cup.
"It is with great regret that the Management Committee of the Admiral's Cup have decided not to run the 2001 series.The Management Committee had agreed that for the event to continue there had to be at least four national teams plus one recognised country grouping team. The Notice of Race called for Challenges to be logged by 2nd April 2001, and on this date only France and the UK were confirmed entries. The Committee therefore had little option but to cancel the series.

"There has been a tremendous amount of effort behind the scenes to produce the required level of participation, and a number of initiatives were explored to see if there were ways of saving the 2001 series. However, the Management Committee felt that the format as laid down in the Notice of Race gave a commitment to the three selected classes and conformed to the Trust deed. They did not feel it was right to disregard these two central elements of the series."

Peter Rutter, chairman of the Management Committee said: "I am very sad that we have had to take this decision. I am sure it is right in the long term interest of the Admiral's Cup to make a clean break and to return in 2003 with a new event that will put the Admiral's Cup back at the forefront of international keelboat racing. I would particularly like to thank those people in the racing community who tried so hard to preserve the 2001 event. We plan a wide ranging international review of the series with the aim of announcing the form of the 2003 Admiral's Cup by the end of the year."

A second press release then goes on to confirm (as was initially reported on madforsailing last week) that the RORC will be running a one-design regatta from 19th to 22nd July. Classes currently invited include the Farr 52s, IC45s, Sydney 40s, Farr 40s, Mumm 30s and other classes if they have sufficient numbers.

RORC's David Minords told madforsailing: "It's very sad and upsetting, but we must accept that all formats come to an end. We look forward to resurrecting an Admiral's Cup that is relevant to today's market. All these things are cyclical.

"But one of the upside of this situation is that we can undertake a root-and-branch overhaul of the Admiral's Cup. It is the advantage of having a clear break, because there can be no expectations about what we should do next time. The original intent of the Cup states that it should 'encourage racing between nations', and if we hold to that then we should have a successful event in the future."

Minords said the first step would be to get back to the Admiral's Cup Management Committee, and come up with some proposals that could be then taken out to various interested parties for their views. "We will ensure that owners are heavily involved in the consultation process," he promised.

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