Harold Cudmore

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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 USA,[4] one of the longest-established and most prestigious match racing events.

In addition to sailing for Irish teams, Cudmore also captained the British and German[citation needed] Admiral's Cup teams at various times[5] 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.[6]

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

Harold has two daughters; Eliza who studies History and Politics at Trinity College Dublin, and Freya.


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Harold Cudmore". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ 505 history site. 1969 Europeans Report
  3. ^ "History of Irish Olympic Sailing". Irish Sailing Association. Irish Sailing Association. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "AMERICA'S CUP SAILORS RECHARGE AT CONGRESSIONAL CUP". yachtracing.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ RORC Admiral's Cup history page, 1989 event
  6. ^ NOR for Cork Week 2006, taken from the US Sailing website, containing brief Bio of Cudmore