Israel optimistic for Brewin Dolphin Commodores` Cup

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Israel optimistic for Brewin Dolphin Commodores` Cup
Israel optimistic for Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup
In the Volvo Ocean Race they say that the first team to announce often wins the race. If this
proves true of this year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup then it will the fledgling Israeli team
that takes home the trophy on 30th July from the Royal Ocean Racing Club's premier biennial
event for Corinthian three boat teams.
Since last October when Richard Loftus, well-known owner of the Swan 65 Desperado,
announced their participation in this year's Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, it has been a
busy time for the Israeli team. Omer Brand, one of Israel's few professional big boat sailors was
recruited as Team Captain.
The team has since secured three of the top British IRC race boats to represent them:
David Frank's 2012 IRC National Championship-winning JPK 10.10, Strait Dealer
Peter Morton's 2015 IRC National Championship winning JND 35, Salvo
Andy William's Ker 40 Keronimo, 'big boat' in the winning British Brewin Dolphin Commodores'
Cup team in 2012.
While the owners of these three boats will be on board for the regatta, the majority of their crew
will be Israeli sailors. As Omer Brand, for five years a Southampton resident, states: "This is the
first time that an Israeli team will be sailing in an event like this, and we want to use it as a
platform to promote yacht racing in the country."
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Israel optimistic for Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup
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Below
photographs
are
courtesy
of
Haarmonica.
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