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Some heated debate on the Commodore's Cup, sailor classifications and Graham Dalton's qualification
Following our publication of Peter Morton's views on the Commodore's Cup we have received correspondence from a number of you... Former RORC Main Committee member and weather advisor to the English Commodore's Cup team, Mike Broughton kicks off: Having watched the Commodore's Cup closely from the sidelines and conducted an analysis of the results, I would like to wholeheartedly endorse Peter Morton's view on the event. Unfortunately, a poorly selected course for the offshore race (sending the boats towards the area of no wind) distorted the results and, with the absence of rating bands, had a dramatic effect on the overall outcome of the regatta. Congratulations to the French team who sailed well to win, but RORC Commodore Peter Rutter comments that the British crews have a "way to go to get up to a true international level. They have now seen the international teams and can choose whether to go on and take it further or decide if they are happy racing around the Solent at that level" demonstrate a rather large detachment from the achievements of British sailors both at home and abroad in offshore and inshore events in recent years. On Mandrake alone, there were several current and ex world champions in highly competitive classes such as the Farr 40 and successful Volvo Ocean Race sailors in the likes of Gerry Mitchell, Tim Powell, Steve Hayles and Stuart Childerley. Peter Rutter quotes Gerry Trentesaux team as "the pinnacle which we should be attaining and I hope the British crews will pick up the challenge". Less than a year ago, Mr Trentesaux's team sailed in the Farr 40 World Championships and managed 16th behind seven British teams - was that due to bad luck or the fact that it was a one design regatta and that ratings were not

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