Harold Cudmore

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Harold Cudmore
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Full nameHarold Cudmore
Born21 April 1944 (1944-04-21) (age 76)
Cork, Ireland

Harold Cudmore (born April 21, 1944) is an Irish sailor.[1]

Born and raised in Cork, Harold Cudmore became an internationally famous yacht racing skipper and match racer.

Cudmore had success in classes from the International 505, where he placed 2nd in the World and 4th in Europe,[2] through classes like the Half-ton and One-Ton classes where he won the Worlds, through to the America's Cup and the Admiral's Cup.

He represented Ireland at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where he competed in the two-man Flying Dutchman sailing event.[3]

He was the first non-American to win the Congressional Cup in the US,[4] one of the longest-established and most prestigious match racing events.

In addition to sailing for Irish teams, many with fellow Cork sailor Joe English (sailor),[5] Cudmore also captained the British and German[citation needed] Admiral's Cup teams at various times[6] and skippered the top ranked boat in 1985.

In the America's Cup Cudmore was heavily involved in several British campaigns during the 1980s, and was the head coach of the 1992 winning campaign America3 and coaching the all-women's Defense campaign in 1995.[7]

He was named Sailor of the Year in Britain in 1986.

Harold has two daughters; Eliza and Freya.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Harold Cudmore". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.
  2. ^ "505 history site. 1969 Europeans Report". Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  3. ^ "History of Irish Olympic Sailing". Irish Sailing Association. Irish Sailing Association. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "AMERICA'S CUP SAILORS RECHARGE AT CONGRESSIONAL CUP". yachtracing.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2003. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Obituaries: Ireland sailing race legend Joe English". Independent.ie.
  6. ^ "RORC Admiral's Cup history page, 1989 event". Archived from the original on 2006-05-08. Retrieved 2008-04-03.
  7. ^ "NOR for Cork Week 2006, taken from the US Sailing website, containing brief Bio of Cudmore" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2008-04-03.