Latest update this morning from Jamie McWilliam, Skipper of Peninsula Signal 8 of the Hong Kong Comodores’ Cup Team 2012 is that she is coming to Cork Week and this opens the tantalizing prospect of a ding dong battle of the boats in the 40ft bracket, especially thinking of Anthony O’Leary’s Antix, top scoring boat in the last two Commodores’ Cups. It also brings into view the mouth watering prospect of the two sailing dynasties of McWilliam Sailmakers and the O’Learys on the same start line. Not to mention Mike Bartholomew’s well sailed Tokoloshe from the UK and Norbert Reilly’s Mills 40 Crazy Horse. Of course no Cork Week would be complete without Piet Vroon’s all conquering Tonnerre de Breskens 3 Ker 46.
It would have been wonderful to have the entire Hong Kong team for the Commodores’ Cup at Cork Week but Jamie cited the difficulties and I quote: “Unfortunately we’re the only boat from the HK team that is coming to Cork Week this year. We all WANTED to come, it’s just very very difficult for people to take the time off for what would effectively be three full weeks of sailing (it’d be a long pair of flights in between!) over Cork and Commodore’s”. Patrick Pender will be Peninsula Signal 8’s helmsman for the event and the two pros on board will be Hamble based Tom McWilliam, brother of Jamie and Sam Haines from the UK Halsey loft in Melbourne while Chris Frost returns as navigator.
All in all the entry list is beginning to look very interesting