Digesting the changes

James Boyd considers the prospects of the revamped Admiral's Cup
Two boats teams, from yacht clubs rather than nations, racing next year out of Dun Laoghaire and not Cowes - the changes the Royal Ocean Racing Club have made to their flagship event have been far reaching. After the embarrassment of having to cancel the 2001 Admiral's Cup because they did not have enough teams, it seems that RORC have done all in their power to ensure there will be no shortage of entries for their new revitalised event in 2003. Moving the Admiral's Cup to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced 'Dun Leery') is one of the indicators that RORC mean business in their shake up of the event. Aside from being a popular tourist destination and being based in the brand new Dun Laoghaire Marina, the move to Ireland will also help with the financial stability of the Admiral's Cup, following the departure of long term sponsor Champagne Mumm. The Irish government have offered to help with the promotion of the event (although they have been careful to avoid the word 'sponsorship') and it is believed there is a healthy war chest with which to carry this out. Even better, RORC hint that they have a title sponsor for the Admiral's Cup all but signed up. This type of financial security can only be good for the long term prospects of the event. Racing will take place over the two week period of 12-26 July, 2003 and will be run by RORC in association with the Royal St George Yacht Club. Janet Grosvenor, RORC's Director of Racing, says that the format of the event will be moving back in the direction of the Admiral's Cup's roots, when it was considered 'the world championship of 'offshore' racing', although there will still be some inshore courses. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the