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Third team proposal 'not received'

28th May 2008

ICRA Commodore Fintan Cairns says no proposal has been received by Irish national champion Dave Dwyer to try and form another Irish Commodore's Cup team in spite of a press statement from the Mariners Cove team stating they are keen to form a third team for next month's event in Cowes.

The Cork team says Andy Beadsworth would be the Mariner's Cove tactician and Simon Fry of North Sails would be in charge of the sail programme if a team could be put together within a month of the event.

Mariner's Cove won the Saab ICRA Nationals and was second at this week's Scottish series, proving its worth after a winter refit.

In 2006 it was the middle boat in the White team sailing with Mariner's Cove 1 (DK 46) Tom McWilliam and Checkmate (Ker 32), the McCarthy Brothers but so far in 2008 it appears no other partners are available.

"We've had offers from nearly every other country but we're only interested in representing Ireland" said the statement.

Dwyer also puts the fact that he has found no suitable Irish boats to make up a team down to a lack of an Irish trials system for the event but this is rejected by the Cruiser Commodore.

Cairns says he has not heard from the Cork skipper about any such proposal and the decision to form teams 'organically' rather than through trials was a decision taken jointly by skippers last October.

The full Mariner's Cove statement: "Marinerscove is ready to go and Dave would love to represent Ireland again with Andy Beadsworth as tatician and Simon Fry of North Sails in charge of our sail programme. Marinerscove has just completed a major winter refit to bring the boat up to the 2009 specifications. But due to the fact that we are the only country that does not have trials, we have not found suitable Irish boats to make up a team. While Dave has had offers from nearly every other country, he is only interested in representing Ireland".


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