But David Minords, of the organising Royal Ocean Racing Club, said the decision to stay on the south coast of England had been a joint one. "We took a back seat in this," he said. "If Rolex had wanted to move to Cork we could live with that, we would not throw a wobbly. Cork is a lovely place." But he said that any fundamental change in the format of the event would have to be agreed with the sponsors. "It was a very open discussion. The Royal Cork spoke direct to Rolex and we had no problem with that. To all intents and purposes, however, this proposal is a dead duck."
He was upbeat about the prospects for next year's Admiral's Cup and the need to attract more than the seven three-boat national teams which took part in 1997. "I think we will achieve our target of 10 to 12 overall," said Minords.Reuse content