Plans for Admiral’s Cup racing to return to Cowes

pic: RORC

By A & S Whitewood

Plans are underway for the return of the Admiral’s Cup Regatta to Cowes in 2025 with an advisory committee set up to steer the event forward.

Admiral’s Cup events were based in Cowes from 1957 to 1999, when a decline in interest in this international sailing regatta was partly due to the cost of larger yachts and of staging such events.

Over the years Cowes and the Island’s economy benefitted from the event being staged here, especially with large teams renting team houses from local residents, and crews purchasing chandlery and victuals from local businesses.

Now, with the ever-increasing interest in sailing, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) plan to stage the event again next year and so far there has been interest from around the world.

The advisory committee will provide the RORC with input into the event’s framework, and other key race management matters, and encourage participation in the 2025 edition and future regattas for the biennial Admiral’s Cup.

The Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee has been chosen with Andrew McIrvine as chairman, who commented: “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. Our goal for the future is to re-establish The Admiral’s Cup as the premier event for inshore and offshore yacht racing.”

Commodore of the RORC, Deborah Fish, said “The Admiral’s Cup is a fitting event to celebrate the centenary of the RORC. The event will respect the history of the Admiral’s Cup, but also bring the competition into the modern era. The 2025 event, 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.”

In 2025, the event will take place from the July 17 to August 1, with the final race being the Rolex Fastnet Race.