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Ireland Among 11 Nations Expressing Interest in 2025 Admiral's Cup

19th July 2023
The multinational fleet for an inshore start at the 2003 Admiral's Cup
The multinational fleet for an inshore start at the 2003 Admiral's Cup Credit: Rick Tomlinson

The Royal Ocean Racing Club confirms expressions of interest worldwide for the 2025 Admiral’s Cup.

As Afloat reported in June, RORC has resurrected the Cup for either two boat teams to represent a yacht club or country.

There are no details so far of the type of expression received from Ireland. Ireland has never won the Cup.

Irish Cruiser Racing Association Commodore Dave Cullen told Afloat that the Admiral's Cup 2025 is on the agenda for its next meeting.

Significant notice has come from four nations that have won the Admiral’s Cup multiple times in the past: Australia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States of America.

RP90 Wild Oats: The Australian team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney are the holders having won the 2003 Admiral's Cup Photo: Rick TomlinsonRP90 Wild Oats: The Australian team from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney are the holders having won the 2003 Admiral's Cup Photo: Rick Tomlinson

More expressions of interest have been received from Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Trinidad & Tobago.

A total of 11 countries, some wishing to field multiple teams, are eager to race for the Admiral’s Cup, RORC says.

The Admiral’s Cup is honoured throughout the world of sailing as the "unofficial world cup for offshore racing Photo: Matthew DickensThe Admiral’s Cup is honoured throughout the world of sailing as the "unofficial world cup for offshore racing Photo: Matthew Dickens

RORC has published the Pre-Notice of Race for the 2025 Admiral’s Cup. Download it below as a pdf.

On 19th July 2025, racing will begin for the solid silver gilt trophy in exactly two years. The Pre-Notice of Race sets out the intended schedule of racing and the weighting and scoring rules for the series.

The RORC is currently fully focused on the 50th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race, which will start this Saturday, the 22nd of July. A record fleet of 465 boats with sailors from 44 different nations is expected for the 695nm classic. The 2025 Admiral’s Cup will be held in the centenary year of the Royal Ocean Racing Club; the series' final race will be the 2025 Rolex Fastnet Race.

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Louay Habib is a Maritime Journalist & Broadcaster based in Hamble, United Kingdom

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At a Glance - Admiral's Cup 2025 (provisional)

  • Thursday 17 July Registration / Measurement
  • Friday 18 July Registration / Measurement
  • Saturday 19 July Inshore Races
  • Sunday 20 July Inshore Races
  • Monday 21 July Inshore Races
  • Tuesday 22 July Spare Day
  • Wednesday 23 July Short Offshore Race
  • Thursday 24 July Short Offshore Race / Admiral's Cup Dinner
  • Friday 25 July Lay Day
  • Saturday 26 July Rolex Fastnet Race
  • Friday 1 August Prizegiving

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