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Admiral's Cup Advisory Committee Named by Royal Ocean Racing Club

11th February 2024
The Admiral's Cup will take place between 17th July - 1st August 2025 at Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
The Admiral's Cup will take place between 17th July - 1st August 2025 at Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK Credit: Rick Tomlinson

Following The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announcement that it has received expressions of interest from all around the world to compete in the rebaked Admiral’s Cup, an advisory committee has been established for the 2025 event.

The event is being organised to celebrate the centenary of the club and is expected to bring in a diverse range of teams from various countries to compete in the race.

The committee will provide inputs on the event’s framework and other key race management matters. The aim is to encourage participation in the 2025 edition and future regattas for the biennial Admiral’s Cup.

Andrew McIrvine has been appointed as the Chairman of the Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee. “The Admiral’s Cup Advisory Committee will cast the net as wide as possible internationally for wisdom and advice to bring back the Cup successfully to its former glory. We encourage teams to come forward to be part of the ongoing discussions,” said McIrvine. “Our goal for the future is to re-establish The Admiral’s Cup as the premier event for inshore and offshore yacht racing.”

Andrew McIrvine has been appointed as the Chairman of the Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory CommitteeAndrew McIrvine has been appointed as the Chairman of the Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee

The event is expected to respect the history of the Admiral’s Cup while also bringing the competition into the modern era. The 2025 edition, and those that follow, will encourage diversity through teams competing from many nations around the world, as well as inspiring youth and women sailors to race.

The Admiral’s CupThe Admiral’s Cup

“The Admiral’s Cup is a fitting event to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club,” said RORC Commodore Deborah Fish. “We are excited to see the level of interest from all over the world and are looking forward to making this event a huge success.”

The Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee:

Chairman Andrew McIrvine (GBR) - Secretary General of the IMA, Past RORC Admiral and Commodore. Chairman of the Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee.

Dee Caffari MBE (GBR) - Six time round the world sailor, including the Vendee Globe and two Volvo Ocean Races. Double-handed UK National Champion 2020 and 2021, and Chair of the World Sailing Trust.

Stuart Childerley (GBR) - Winner of the Admiral’s Cup, two-time Olympic Finn sailor and two-time Etchells World Champion. Stuart is an International Race Officer and Principal Race Officer for the 2025 Admiral’s Cup.

Steve Cole (GBR) - RORC Racing Manager and Race Director for The 2025 Admiral’s Cup. Steve has been a senior member of the RORC Race team for six years and part of the Rolex Fastnet Race Start Team for 11 editions.

Stan Honey (USA) - World-renowned offshore sailor, Volvo Ocean Race winner and Jules Verne record breaker. Past competitor for The Admiral’s Cup and immediate past President of World Sailing Offshore Committee.

Andrew Hurst (GBR) - The editor of Seahorse magazine is a veteran of six Admiral's Cups, winning in 1999 with the Netherlands. He has also competed for the UK, Japan and Germany and counts further wins in the Sardinia Cup (GBR) and Commodores’ Cup (GER).

Peter Shipway (AUS) - Participated in eight editions of The Admiral’s Cup, one as Team Captain. A life member of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with 31 Rolex Sydney Hobart Races.

Géry Trentesaux (FRA) - Renowned offshore and inshore sailor, past Admiral’s Cup sailor. Overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race. President of UNCL/YCF and past RORC Vice-Commodore.

Rob Weiland (NED) - Past Team Manager of winning Admiral’s Cup team, Admiral’s Cup sailor, construction manager for 18 Admiral’s Cup boats. Class Manager for TP52, Maxi 72 and IMA technical consultant.

“The primary purpose of the Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee is to provide advice and guidance to RORC’s Race Management Team on delivering an interesting, varied and attractive regatta,” commented RORC CEO Jeremy Wilton. “The Committee will focus on ensuring that participants enjoy a memorable world-class event to a standard that befits the prestige of the Admiral’s Cup.”

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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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