At a Press Conference held at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London today, the RORC Commodore Peter Rutter announced the new format for the 2003 Admiral’s Cup which will be held in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.
A RORC Steering Group had been tasked with creating a new event aimed at reviving the Admiral's Cup in 2003. The Steering Group considered that the Admiral's Cup should include a recognisable offshore race as well as inshore racing. The event should be primarily, but not exclusively professional, transportable and no longer than two weeks. Teams to consist of two boats. Challenges are to revert to the Cup's initial aim which was an international competition between Clubs representing Nations.
Peter Rutter announced that taking all these factors into account it had been agreed to base the 2003 Admiral's Cup in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin from Saturday 12 - Saturday 26 July 2003.
He commented: `In finalising details of the new Admiral's Cup format for 2003, the RORC entered a comprehensive consultation process and whilst not everyone supported each individual detail of the package, a clear consensus did emerge. What has also been discovered was that there remained a large body of experienced international competitors who were vociferous in backing our efforts to find a fresh approach and to restore the Club's premier event to international pre-eminence. We hope we have done justice to all those who have been so helpful in this process'.
The event will be run by the RORC in co-operation with the Royal St George Yacht Club. There will be inshore racing followed by a Round Ireland race (approximately 710 miles).
The Irish Minister of Marine & Natural Resources, Mr Frank Fahey TD, attended the Press Conference and commented: `I am delighted that the RORC has decided to run such a prestigious event as the Admiral's Cup in Ireland, and Dun Laoghaire in particular, with its new publicly funded marina facilities, has a great deal to offer. Sailing in Ireland is a very popular sport with all sections of society participating. The work of our Yacht Clubs and State support, in terms of facilities and encouragement of young people to enter the sport, will be further enhanced with the attention such a prestigious event as the Admiral's Cup brings. I am confident that officials, competitors, the media and their families and friends will receive a traditional warm Irish welcome'.
Chairman of the ISAF Offshore Classes sub-committee, Don Genitempo commented: `The selection of the IMS 600 Class was a very wise choice by the RORC. It provides a large existing base of active yachts from which to form a team, and being a dual purpose, production yacht, entry into the class is easy and affordable. We have identified over 270 yachts eligible for inclusion. Fleets are organised in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Scandinavia - with the process underway in Germany, Holland and South America'.
Notes to Editors:
Challenges and teams:-
- Challenges will be from Clubs (affiliated to a National Authority)
- Club membership - owner/skipper and a percentage of the crew will be required
- Two teams per country will be accepted initially
- Nationality rules will be minimal
- 1 x IRC (Endorsed) big boat racing under IRC (Endorsed) - over 50 ft. exact size to be confirmed)
- No restriction on professionals for this class
- 1 x IMS 600 Class boat from the IMS 600 Class (Class Rules will be used which may restrict professionals)
- Spring 2002 RORC anticipates making an announcement regarding sponsorship
- Summer 2002 Confirmation of IRC Class size
- Late Autumn 2002 Admiral's Cup Notice of Race to be published
For more information contact:
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