English Commodores' Cup trials

RYA recieve a healthy uptake

Thursday June 6th 2002, Author: Sacha Oswald, Location: United Kingdom

17 boats have entered the RYA English Selection Trials for the 2002 Rolex Commodore’s Cup.

The selection of the two English teams for the Rolex Commodores’ Cup 2002 will be based upon performance in the trials series of races, starting on Friday 7 June. The final team will be announced on 2 July.

The trials are made up of three events. The first being the Royal Ocean Racing Club Morgan Cup on Friday 7 June, which finishes in Dieppe. The Royal Thames Yacht Club Racing Weekend, based from Cowes on the 15-16 June, makes up the second trial and lastly the Amicus IRC Championships from the 28-30 June, which is organised again by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and will be based from Gunwharf Quay, Portsmouth.

The aim of the trials will be to select two English teams, with three boats sailing per team. A team of selectors under the Chair of Ian Macdonald-Smith, including RYA Racing Manager John Derbyshire, Vice Commodore of the Island Sailing Club Dave Atkinson and Guy Barron, will choose the two teams that go on to represent England at the Rolex Commodores' Cup 2002.

The selectors will take note of the results and points gained in the trial races but will not be bound in any way to select all or any of the top six boats. Other factors that may be taken into consideration could include improvement or deterioration in boat performance, as well as incidents leading to protests during the trials.

Since the inaugural event in 1992, the biennial Rolex Commodore's Cup has firmly imprinted itself on the yachting calendar as one of the most competitive team events in the world. The last event in 2000 attracted seven international teams with the English Blue Team finishing in second place behind a magnificent entry from the Channel Islands.

The organisers are hoping that this year they could see as many as twelve teams competing for the Rolex Commodores Cup with entries already confirmed from Ireland, France, Holland, Belgium and Spain. The event will take place from the 11th-18th August 2002 from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, under the organisation of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, with the support of the Island Sailing Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

Chairman of the Selectors, Iain Macdonald-Smith commented; "The English Trials are shaping up to be a very competitive series. We are very
optimistic that we have a high quality entry list and a good spread of boat sizes. The selectors’ job is to choose two English teams, so we know already that six out of the seventeen boats and their crews will go forward to the Rolex Commodore’s Cup in August. If I were a skipper or crewmember, those odds would make me pretty keen to get stuck in and put together a consistent series of race scores.

"We begin on 7 June with a double point offshore race, so those boats who have done enough early season training and tuning, can get a big points score early on and gain some momentum for the two inshore weekends which follow. The objective of the trials is to give the triallists a varied series, which will test all aspects of their ability, and give all the boats enough racing to improve as the trials go on. Hopefully, those who use these
trials for maximum benefit will also be good enough to win the IRC Nationals at the end of June, which is also the last Trials regatta."

English Rolex Commodores' Cup Trials entries:

Skipper/Owner  Boat Name  Boat Type
Chris Bull   Kerisma Ker 11.3
David K Walters  Jackdaw J39 MOD
David Ruddiman  Twelfth Knight Beneteau 47.7
David Scanlan  Fandango Beneteau 40.7
Doug Flynn   Kirribilli Beneteau 40.7
John Shepard  Fair Do’s V Kerr 11.3
Jonathan Perry  Firestorm Prima 38
Julian Bates   Born Slippy Prima 38
Kit Hobday   Bear of Britain Farr 52
Mark Heuchen  Fastwave II Beneteau 40.7
Michael Cover  Blue Belle Ker 11.3
Michael Ronson  Carpetbagger HOD 35
Nick Haigh   Too Steamy Farr 40
Nick Hartshorn  El Gringo Ker 11.3
Nick Hewson   Team Tonic Farr 52
Paul King   Serendip Prima 38
Tim Harrington  Capitalism HOD 35

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