This year competitors can expect to find a friendlier more inclusive format for the event which allows more types of boats to compete for the Commodores' Cup than ever before. The selection of the three English teams will be based upon their performance in a series of races, starting on 29 April 2006. If the Regional Selectors for the Scottish team are unable to fill their team, the Selectors for the other British teams will allocate boats from any of the trials held.
Trials will begin earlier than usual this year. The first inshore series will be held on 29 April-1 May organized by the Royal Southern Yacht Club and will include several inshore races in addition to one long inshore race. Further inshore racing will be run by the Royal Southern Yacht Club from 6-7 May. The offshore trial will be held in conjunction with the RORC De Guingand Bowl on 12 May with a back up offshore race to be held with the RORC Myth of Malham Race on 27 May 2006.
The RYA Selection committee comprises of Chairman Iain MACDONALD-SMITH, Mike BROUGHTON, Guy BARRON and Dave ATKINSON, RYA Racing Services Manager.
MACDONALD-SMITH commented, 'As the defending country for the Commodores' Cup we want to find the best British boats to compete at this event. Britain is known for its sailing talent and competitive spirit and we are looking for those characteristics throughout the trials. The owners and crews will have to plan a busy winter and spring campaign to get themselves ready for early trials.'
The teams for the 2006 Rolex Commodores' Cup will be announced towards the end of May.