The Commodores’ Cup which takes place every other year, welcomes amateur teams from around the world and past regattas have seen them come from as far as Hong Kong, South Africa, the USA and Russia, as well as strong representation from Europe and regional UK teams. In 2010 the trophy was won by the Irish team, but this year, thanks to the fabulous efforts of the Ker 40, Keronimo, the GBR Red team claimed victory and were duly awarded at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on Saturday.
With a 66 point lead going into the final race, RYA Team GBR Red were in a strong position but there have been several occasions in the past when a dominant team has lost this competition in the last race.
This series however, belonged to GBR Red, who managed to maintain their position ahead of second placed GBR White, to claim the Cup with a 63 point margin.
Of the final day, Jonathan Goring, owner of the GBR Red Ker 40, Keronimo had this to say…
"It is fantastic and we had some wind today - what a day, it was a great day's racing, we had a solid 14-18 knots of breeze which is ideal for the Ker 40. It was our sailing weather."
Not unusually, Keronimo spent the duration of the race locked in a match race with Andrew Pearce's equally rated Ker 40 Magnum III in GBR White. Magnum led for the first lap until she was overhauled by Keronimo on the second beat.
This is the second time Goring and his tactician Kevin Sproul have been part of a winning team following their victory in 2004. "It is a fantastic event and I just hope we can persuade people to come back again and again," he said.
Jamie Matheson, Executive Chairman of Brewin Dolphin was in Cowes most of the week watching the racing and said
"It has been all sorts of different things - we have had sunshine, good breezes most of the time, the extraordinary visit of Her Majesty The Queen and the background of the super yacht, Athos! Cowes at its best."
It was certainly a brilliant example of the wonderful Ker 40’s at their very best.
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