Commodores' Cup review

madforsailing spoke to many of the top players about how they felt the race had gone
After an aborted Admiral's Cup last year and some controversy remaining over how well next year's event will be received by the yachting racing community, RORC are breathing a sigh of relief that the Rolex Commodore's Cup that concluded yesterday in Cowes was such a success. On the plus side the Solent was abnormally sun drenched - it felt decidedly Mediterranean - there were 11 teams and 33 boats including virtually all the top Solent regulars. Shoreside there was a good sponsor in Rolex. On the downside the event was held at springs in very little wind. "I think it's been an excellent regatta and we're very pleased with the number of countries that have turned up and obviously that's turned into 11 teams," RORC Commodore Peter Rutter told madfor sailing. He added that the event had a good spirit from the moment it kicked off at the opening party. Perhaps the most interesting aspect to the regatta was its surprise winner in the France Red team comprising Gery Trentesaux and Eric Fries's IMX 40s Courrier Nord and Fastwave 3 and Jean-Yves Le Goff's X-442 Clin D'Oeil. The French trio led from the middle of the week having knocked Peter Harrison's Commonwealth team off the top spot. They finished with 166.25 points over the Dutch team's 206.25 and England Red with 240.75. While a majority of the 'British' boats were Farr 52s, Ker 11.3s or Corby designs was it purely chance that the French fielded two teams both comprising two IMX40s and one X-442? While the conditions perhaps favoured these boats the very fact that while one French team won, the other came home eighth out of 11 indicates that France Red's win was down to sheer racing ability. Rutter agrees: "It does show the very frontline racers, particularly the British crews, that there is