The Irish Cruiser Racing Association is seeking expressions of interest from owners to form an Irish team to defend the Rolex Commodores Cup in 2012.

Ireland first won this prestigious International Trophy in 2010. Anthony O Leary Sailing Captain of the winning team is quoted  "We finally won this great event in 2010 with a well organised campaign. Let's hope we can return to defend it in 2012 learning further from that experience"

The Rolex Commodores Cup takes place from 21st to 28th July 2012 based in Cowes. The format has been changed by event organisers the RORC in that the smallest boat will now have a minimum rating of 1.020 with the biggest boat maximum rating of 1.230. There will be only one boat per team allowed to rate in excess of 1.150. This means there will no longer be three separate classes so all starts will be all in which will add to the excitement and spectacle of the event.

Countries will be free to decide on their own combination of boat sizes within the above bands which will add further to the intrigue of this non discard seven day test of inshore and offshore racing.

ICRA is asking for potential interested owners to make contact with them as soon as possible in order that a meeting can be held within the next Month to advance ideas on how best to mount a successful defense.

Barry Rose ICRA Commodore says that despite the current difficult environment ICRA is hopefull of mounting a serious defense and have waited until now to allow the maximum space to those who may consider supporting the challenge.

For more information contact Barry Rose, President ICRA on 086 2530969 or


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