British Admiral's Cup team selection

The process for all three classes has now been confirmed

Wednesday November 15th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The selection process has been announced by the RYA for the 2001 British Admiral’s Cup team. The selection committee will be; the RYA’s Keelboat coach, Bill Edgerton, RORC Commodore, Peter Rutter and Iain MacDonald-Smith. Once the selection procedure is complete, Edgerton will join the Management group which will also comprise the Team Manager and non-sailing Captain, Harold Cudmore, and the three principles of the selected boats.
The selection processes for each class will be very different, being designed to fit with the boats available in each class, meet the desires of those involved and produce a team capable of winning. The Sydney 40 selection will be on the basis of a paper proposal - unsurprising given that there is only one boat in British ownership and limited chartering opportunities, with the small world fleet. Contenders are invited to present their plans, with detail of crews, sail and boat development programmes.

The Corel 45 class will race a Mediterranean based selection series, using the European circuit in the spring of 2001. These are winter series races in Mallorca on the 16-18 February and 9-11 March, followed by the Cassis Cup, 30 March - 1 April. If that doesn’t produce a clear points winner, the selection may well be extended into a UK trial. The winner will also be expected to provide the same detail of their preparation as the selected Sydney 40.

The Farr 40 meanwhile, will race a good old fashioned, points based, British waters selection series. The regattas are split between inshore and offshore, with 50% of the total points available for each, as follows:

Venue Date Points multiplier
Cowes-Dartmouth Offshore 28 April x 1.5
Dartmouth Inshores 5-7 May x 1
Dartmouth- Cowes Offshore 12 May x 1.5
Mid-Solent Inshores 26-28 May x 2
AC Style Channel Race Offshore 2 June x 3
Mid-Solent Inshores 8-10 June x 3

And once again, the point's winner will be asked to submit a development plan to the Selection Committee, for final ratification. The multiplier on the final inshores is interesting, allowing late-starters to do some serious catching up on the last weekend.

There is talk of up to 12 boats involved in the Farr 40 trials - reminiscent of the halcyon days of the AC in the late seventies and early eighties, that ought to bring a tear to the eye of the oldies but goodies. All in all it looks a pretty thorough process, and certainly one that’s going to be fun to watch and sail in.

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