Brewin Dolphin, one of the UK's largest independent private client investment managers, will support the biennial race for three editions. The event attracts highly competitive teams from several nations to compete for the esteemed Commodores' Cup on the waters of the Solent and English Channel.
Jamie Matheson, Brewin Dolphin Executive Chairman comments: "We are proud to add such a prestigious event as the Commodores' Cup to our portfolio and look forward to building a long term relationship with the Royal Ocean Racing Club, its members and competitors. We are not newcomers to the world of sailing, having successfully sponsored the Scottish Series for the past 11 years. Sailing has provided us with an excellent platform to increase awareness of our brand to a wider audience and we are confident that the Commodores' Cup will develop this."
Matheson continues: "The Royal Ocean Racing Club as organisers and the Commodores' Cup series has its own rich heritage and this fits well with Brewin Dolphin as our firm goes back two and a half centuries. Although we can trace our beginnings back to the mid 18th Century, we look forward to investing in new beginnings with this sponsorship, helping to attract new teams and a positive long term partnership for future events."
RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine is delighted to welcome Brewin Dolphin as title sponsor for the next six years: "This sponsorship will allow us to build on the success of the competition which stands out in the calendar of international yacht racing for a number of reasons, not least of which is the significant offshore component to the championship and the challenges it presents to the highly competitive teams. In 2010, the Cup was lifted by the Irish and the tenth biennial event attracted 10 top challenges from five nations to compete: France, Ireland, Great Britain, Hong Kong and South Africa. The event attracts top-level amateur sailors, many of whom race with us throughout the season in the RORC's extensive racing programme. We are certain that with Brewin Dolphin's support, the 2012 edition of the Commodores' Cup will be a huge success."
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is a team event, the overall winner is a team of three boats not one individual and the kudos of being part of the successful team is self-evident.
Keelboat racing in the Solent and the English Channel is technically very difficult and about as good as it gets. The factors of strong tides, ever changing weather conditions coupled with hazards and the need for local knowledge have all attracted the best sailors to the area since the earliest days of competitive racing. The combination of inshore and offshore racing that makes up the Commodores' Cup regatta format lets both of these important disciplines count for what must be today the top Corinthian offshore yacht team event.
Further details of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup can be found at: http://commodorescup.rorc.org/
Commodores' Cup Winners:
2010 - Ireland
2008 - GBR Red team
2006 - France Blue team
2004 - GBR (Red team)
2002 - France (Red team)
2000 - Channel Islands
1998 - Germany (red team)
1996 - England (Green team)
1994 - USA (White team)
1992 - USA (Team 1)
Other nations represented in past events by the following teams: The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Europe, Commonwealth, Wales, Scotland, Scandinavia, Argentina, Australia, Jersey, Finland.
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup will be held off Cowes, Isle of Wight, from 21 to 28 July 2012. ENDS/....