Ireland's three boat team, comprising Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix, Marc Glimcher's Ker 40 Catapult and Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling's Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8, today scored the most comprehensive victory in the 22 year history of the Commodores' Cup.
After a disappointing result in Friday's race around the Isle of Wight, Ireland bounced back strongly in Saturday's double points scoring inshore held on a round the cans course in the central Solent in a light northerly. Impressively the Irish boats claimed three of the top four places on corrected time.
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The Irish previously won the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for national teams with amateur crews in 2010, but were unable to defend in 2012. This year they returned with a vengeance finishing the regatta on 268 points, with an unprecedented lead of 173.5 points.
While the Irish have been the stand out performers this year, the fight remained fierce for the remaining podium positions, where French teams scored a coup. Going into today's final race, France Green was holding second 100 points behind the Irish, with GBR Red third, 15.5 points behind them.
After today's race both lost their hold on the remaining podium positions to France Red - comprising Emmanuel le Men's First 40.7, Pen Koent; Oliver Pesci's Grand Soleil 40, Beelzebuth 3 and Hervé Borgoltz Grand Soleil 44R, Eleuthera - and France Blue comprising Jean Claude Nicoleau's Grand Soleil 43, Codiam; Gilles and Samuel Prietz' A40, Goa, and Bernard Gouy's Ker 39, Inis Mor. This was a particularly spectacular turnaround for France Red jumping from fifth to second after Saturday's race.
After winning the 2012 event, the performance of GBR's four teams was disappointing with GBR Red the top British team, finishing fourth. Among GBR's 12 boats, Robert Lutener's Ker 40 Cutting Edge was the top performer and second in this regatta. GBR Scotland big boat, James McGarry's Swan 45 Eala of Rhu, was also a top performer.
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Ireland USA1253 Catapult Ker 40 1.21 73 pts
Ireland GBR2215L Quokka 8 Grand Soleil 43 1.1 97 pts
Ireland IRL3939 Antix Ker 39 1.131 98 pts
France Red FRA29960 Pen Koent First 40.7 1.047 132 pts
France Red NED7025 Eleuthera Grand Soleil 44 R 1.111 148.5 pts
France Red FRA5040B Beelzebuth 3 Grand Soleil 40 1.061 161 pts
France Blue FRA35421 Goa A40 1.088 85.5 pts
France Blue FRA36777 Codiam Grand Soleil 43 1.102 173 pts
France Blue FRA35439 Inis Mor Ker 39 1.123 188 pts
GBR Red NED40010 Cutting Edge Ker 40 1.199 83.5 pts
GBR Red GBR8888N Cobra King 40 1.118 133.5 pts
GBR Red GBR3700L Fatjax X 37 1.037 231 pts
France Green FRA38757 Teasing Machine A13 1.174 113 pts
France Green FRA38749 Chenapan3 A35R 1.042 153.5 pts
France Green FRA56002 Motivé Farr 30 1.056 190 pts
Scotland GBR7745R Eala Of Rhu Swan 45 1.181 93.5 pts
Scotland GBR8140C Zephyr First 40 1.092 152.5 pts
Scotland GBR7737R Aurora Corby 37 1.094 211 pts
GBR White GBR741R Hooligan VII Ker 40 1.192 164 pts
GBR White IRL39000 Localletterbox Zero II Mills 39 1.117 180 pts
GBR White GBR8601R INO Corby 36 1.081 182 pts
GBR Blue GBR1242R Yeoman of Wight J/109 1.028 155.5 pts
GBR Blue GBR3213L Dusty P First 40 1.079 185.5 pts
GBR Blue GBR1466R Diamond Jem J/109 1.025 216.5 pts
France White FRA35080 Dunkerque Plaisance A35 1.03 180.5 pts
France White FRA27691 MUSIX Grand Soleil 37 1.026 216 pts
France White FRA35950 Nutmeg Sparkling Charter J/122 1.077 216.5 pts
27 July 2014 7:38 GMT