The return of the Admiral's Cup

Eddie Warden Owen on his first year as General Manager of the Royal Ocean Racing Club
It was only a matter of time… Less than one year into his tenure as CEO of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Eddie Warden Owen has plans afoot to revitalise the Admiral’s Cup. Like so many from both the UK and abroad, Warden Owen cut his teeth as a professional sailor in the RORC’s one time flagship event and we get the impression that if he wishes to leave any legacy from his work at the RORC, it will be in coming up with a successful 21st century solution that returns the Admiral’s Cup back into being on of the highlights of the international yacht racing calendar. Obviously in terms of economics at present, times are hard, but Warden Owen says that he is currently working towards holding the next Admiral’s Cup in 2011, in the Solent. “If you look at this year’s Rolex Commodores’ Cup - it was incredibly successful with three boats teams,” he says. “The competitors were saying to me ‘this is a very successful format’. It is really hard for three boats to get together and sail as a team and work as a team and the English team that won this year did work as a team: They wanted to sail together, they operated as a team, they helped each other, they organised their sailing program. I went down to do the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup and I spoke to Francesco de Angelis about the Admirals’ Cup and he was saying ‘it is the most technical sailing regatta we’ve ever had in offshore boats.’ Because the weather, the wind and obviously the tide and the offshore racing - there is no place in the world that gives you what you used to have with the Admirals’ Cup. There is a need there for a high