By Colin Thompson, the Royal Gazette
Bermuda will once again be represented by two teams in the Argo Group Gold Cup in October in Hamilton Harbour.
Gold Cup organisers confirmed yesterday that local helmsman Lance Fraser has accepted an invitation to compete in the event sanctioned by the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT).
Fraser was invited to take part in the Gold Cup as a result of being the top-ranked match-race sailor in Bermuda and 57th in the world, according to the latest ISAF rankings.
Somers Kempe, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club commodore, found himself in the awkward position of sending an invite to himself to compete in the Argo Group Gold Cup in October. Along with crew Adam Barboza, Will Thompson and Paul Wring, Kempe clinched the 2014 National Match Racing title in the classic International One Design sloop in Hamilton Harbour at the weekend to secure the sole spot up for grabs in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour-sanctioned event.
Kempe did so convincingly, by winning all of his round-robin matches before beating Patrick Cooper 2-0 in the best-of-three final in favourable conditions.
Francesco Bruni, (ITA) Luna Rossa Challenge, will be back to defend his 2013 title. Bruni who had been tactician with the Italian America's Cup Team Luna Rossa won 17 out of 20 races to put his name on the King Edward VII Gold Cup. Visit the islands of Bermuda October 21-26 for the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup.
By Talbot Wilson
Hamilton BERMUDA, March 30, 2014 – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Argo Group issued 17 initial invitations for Bermuda's 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. All of the 8 Alpari World Match Racing Tour (Alpari WMRT) Card Holders have told Alpari Tour management that they will sail in Bermuda. Match racing for the King Edward XVII Gold Cup Trophy is scheduled to start Tuesday October 21st on Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda. The finals are scheduled for Sunday October 26th.
Invitations were sent to the top 12 skippers in the current ISAF Open Match Race rankings. This includes the 8 Alpari WMRT Cardholders and 4 others who round out the ISAF leaders group. In addition, invitations went to 3 previous Gold Cup winners from the current America's Cup rosters and another America's Cup skipper who has yet to win the Gold Cup.
Francesco Bruni, (ITA) Luna Rossa Challenge, will be back to defend his 2013 title. Bruni who had been tactician with the Italian America's Cup team won 17 out of 20 races to put his name on the King Edward VII Gold Cup with other America's Cup notables— Russell Coutts, Chris Dickson, John Kolius, Peter Gilmour, Rod Davis, James Spithill and Sir Ben Ainslie. Bruni would also like to take home the winner's $50,000 share of the $100,000 prize purse.
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