Sunday 24 July saw the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup (BDCC), with eight, three boat teams competing in this, the 13th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship.
France has three teams competing while Britain has two. In addition to this there are two 'regional' teams - the Celts, with two boats from Scotland and one from France and 'Flanders North Sea', comprising a boat from the Netherlands, Belgium and northeast France.
Calling form on the BDCC is near impossible, as for a team to be successful; all three of its boats must perform. Add to this the event's week-long duration and diverse race format, it is easy to see why the BDCC is regarded as one of the pinnacle racing events in the world.
Guests from 15 of our offices (Plymouth, Bristol, East Anglia, Lincoln, Exeter, Reigate, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Penrith, Marlborough, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Leeds, Cheltenham) have attended events across the week. On the Wednesday and Thursday our guests enjoyed a unique perspective on the racing, watching from aboard ‘Kaskalot’ – a three-masted tall ship and one of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission. Also available was ‘SeaFin’, a 75-foot English motor yacht; of wooden construction recently refurbished.
For the guests wanting more active participation, there was the opportunity to help crew Wolverine, Hurricane and Hanse Sailor – three 44 foot sailing vessels – perfect for getting close to the action and also for some fast, competitive (and friendly) sailing.