Cudmore’s glittering sailing successes include 5 World Championships, 12 International match-racing championships, an Admirals Cup win in 1989, and the 630-mile Sydney/Hobart race in 1991. Harold’s entertaining presentations focus on leadership and winning strategies, weaving in the glamour, personalities and disasters that produce such a rich tapestry within this sport.
He has not been immune to disasters himself. Cudmore sank his first boat in 1985, then capped this by sinking the King of Norway's yacht during the 1991 Admiral's Cup. He now races superyachts and classics at the major events at Cowes, San Tropez and Sydney.
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Harold Cudmore is blessed like so many Irishmen, with an agile mind and silver tongue that guarantees an anecdotal filled presentation delivered with humour that makes the underlying message all the more memorable.
A lifelong sailor, Cudmore first made his mark on the international stage representing Ireland in the Flying Dutchman class at the 1972 Olympics, before progressing to offshore racing.
He has won world championships in the Half-ton and One-ton classes and captained British, Irish and German teams in the Admiral’s Cup offshore series at Cowes.
A keen match race skipper, he was the first non-American to win the Congressional Cup in the USA and went on to lead Britain’s America’s Cup challenges in 1983 and 1986/7 when he was voted Yachtsman of the Year.
Harold coached Bill Koch’s 1992 Cup winning campaign America and the all-women's American defence campaign in 1995.
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