Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee

Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club

17th July to 1st August 2025 – Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) has received expressions of interest from all over the world to compete in the 2025 Admiral’s Cup. The latest development is the organisation of the Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee.

“The Admiral’s Cup is a fitting event to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club,” commented RORC Commodore Deborah Fish. “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.”

The Admiral’s Cup 2025 Advisory Committee will provide the RORC with input into the event’s framework and other key race management matters. The Committee will 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. “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.” commented Andrew McIrvine. “Our goal for the future is to re-establish The Admiral’s Cup as the premier event for inshore and offshore yacht racing.”

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 which befits the prestige of the Admiral’s Cup.”

For more information about the 2025 Admiral’s Cup and to register your interest in competing: www.admiralscup.rorc.org

Ends/… Louay Habib

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