Yesterday at the RORC offices in London, an entry was received and confirmed from the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hampshire, Great Britain for their challenge on the 2003 Admirals Cup.
The two-boat team entered, are to be Nick Hewson's Team Tonic, one of three Farr 52's based around the Solent, and an as yet unnamed Sinergia 40 owned by Nigel Biggs', Checkmate Sailing Team.
Team Tonic, owned by Nick Hewson and often seen with both Jeremy Robinson and Paul Brotherton gracing the afterguard, is well known on the South Coast, and had a string of successes in 2002, finishing second in IRM at Ford Cork Week, and winning IRC0 at Cowes Week after a closely fought battle with long term rivals, Kit Hobday's Bear of Britain. The Checkmate Sailing Team, sailing the Beneteau 36.7 Crewsaver Dickies for 2002 also had an excellent 2002. Second in IRC 3 at Cork, and winning class two at the British IRC nationals by a 15-point margin.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club join a further three confirmed entries, the UNCL in France have entered a team lead by last years Commodore's Cup winning captain Gery Trentesaux, along with a further British team from GBR Challenge Head Peter Harrison. There is also a confirmed entry from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, and firm interest from the Spanish.
The Admiral's Cup, which will take place in Cowes from 10-23 July 2003, will include the Wolf Rock Race as the long offshore race. Teams will consist of two boats - one from IMS600 class and one large IRC boat. The Notice of Race has now been published and is available from the RORC website below The website also provides details of competitive IMS600 class boats available for charter, including Sinergias and optimised IMX40s.