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Sailing - 13. September 2007.

RYA seeks interest for 2008 Commodores’ Cup

A tough mix of inshore and offshore racing, the biennial Commodores’ Cup is an intense seven-day racing programme that will take place on the testing waters of the Solent from Sunday 29 June to Sunday 6 July 2008.

As in 2006, RYA Team GBR will enter four teams in the event, with each team comprising one boat in three specified class bands, and the handicap system IRC (Endorsed). Expressions of interest are sought from both ready-made teams of three boats as well as individual boats.

A minimum 50 percent of the crew in each boat must either be nationals or resident of the country they are representing while stricter limits have also been placed on the number of professionals (Group 3) sailors allowed in each crew.

RYA Racing Services Manager, David Atkinson, said: “We are looking for entries that want to step up to international competition and would relish the chance to represent Team GBR.

“We look for potential as well as a commitment and desire to improve as a crew, if selected, to give Team GBR the best chance of claiming the trophy for the host nation. The RYA will provide plenty of coaching ahead of the event to ensure every boat is as prepared as possible for what is always a grueling but thrilling event.”

The three class band are as follows:

Class 3 – 0.980 – 1.039 (Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) not exceeding 215)

Class 2 – 1.040 – 1.104 (DLR not exceeding 200)

Class 1 – 1.105 – 1.320 (DLR not exceeding 200)

Two years ago, the French team France Blue beat off a strong challenge from Ireland to take the honours ahead of 12 other teams from a total of six nations.

Changes to the 2008 regatta and further event details can be found at http://rorc.org/comcup/news.php?page=Show&article=advanced_notice.txt

Expressions of interest must be made to the RYA by the end of September with a boat owner and representatives’ meeting planned for October. To express an interest, or for further information, contact David Atkinson at [email protected] or phone 023 80 604166.

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