Once more the Hong Kong team will be led by Jamie McWilliam, a well known native of the Parish, but perhaps a more interesting twist to the series is the fact that The Hong Kong team will consist in its entirety of former well known and successful Irish boats. The team is made up of Rockall 111, a Corby 36 owned by Chris Opielok in the small boat slot. Rockall 111 is the former Rosie , which has a dominant history in Irish and UK racing. The middle boat is Blondie 1V a Mills (King) 40 chartered by Anthony Day from Helmuth Hennig, both very well known Hong Kong Racers. Blondie 1V was second in class in the Rolex Commodores’ Cup 2008 and has an exceptional track record under her former Irish owner. The big boat is Mandrake, Nick Burns’ Mills 40.5, formerly Ngoni and Tiamat. As Tiamat she had an outstanding Commodores’ Cup in 2006 also under her previous Irish owner.
Meanwhile the Royal Cork Yacht Club has a strong team put together to compete in the 2010 event. Roxy 6 looks resplendent lying at the Club Marina and will be sailed by Andrew Creighton. Dave Dwyer’s Marinerscove.ie has performed exceptionally well in recent times. Anthony O’Leary’s Antix with her new CH Marine logo on her boom and her keel wrapped in polythene Americas Cup style looked formidable yesterday while having her hull polished in anticipation of the forthcoming Liebherr ICRA Nationals at Dun Laoghaire.