Ireland will not defend the Commodore's Cup title it won in 2010 it has been announced this afternoon after weeks of doubt about Ireland's ability to put a competitive three boat team together.
There will be little surprise with the Irish Cruiser Racing Association confirmation that despite exhaustive efforts over a long period it has not been possible in the current environment to mount a defence team for the upcoming Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup.
ICRA Commodore Barry Rose thanked all those who worked hard in striving to achieve a team especially 2010 winning team Captain Anthony O'Leary and looks forward with confidence to returning with a credible team for the 2014 event.
The ICRA announcement continued: "ICRA wishes the RORC and Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup organisation every success with the event. The event is held in the highest regard in Ireland and the Irish team were thrilled to win it for the first time in 2010. We look forward to being back strongly in 2014".