Four former King Edward VII Champions will return to lead the fleet including reigning champ Taylor Canfield and reining Tour winner and 2006 Gold Cup champ Ian Williams.
Hamilton BERMUDA, May 17, 2013 - As the Alpari World Match Race Tour kicks off this week with Match Race Germany, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club- organizers of the Argo Group Gold Cup- can certainly say that the regular schedule of tour events will conclude with a top slate of skippers. All eight of the Tour Card Holders have accepted their invitations to the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate stage of the ISAF Championship Match Racing Tour.
The start of the Bermuda event is scheduled for October 8th and the finals for October 13th. Sailing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup and the $100,000 prize purse is near the RBYC and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel in Hamilton Harbour. The scene is a spectator friendly, natural sailing auditorium... perfect for a Bermuda 'sail watching' vacation.
Hamilton BERMUDA, April 11, 2013 - The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Argo Group have issued invitations for the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup. Match racing for the King Edward XVII Gold Cup Trophy is scheduled to start October 8th on Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda. The finals are scheduled for Sunday October 13th.
Taylor Canfield, (USVI) USone Sailing Team, confirmed that he will be back to defend his 2012 title in the Gold Cup. Speaking about his fourth Gold Cup competition, he said, "I am most definitely looking forward to coming back to Bermuda to defend our Argo Group Gold Cup title. USone Sailing Team is ecstatic to be a 2013 Alpari World Match Race Tour Card Holder."
"Making the Tour has been a dream of mine for several years now. While we are the 'rookie' team this year we are looking forward to giving it our all. Hopefully, we'll be carrying over some of the momentum from the end of the 2012 season including our win in the Gold Cup. There is an incredible line-up on the Tour this year and it is an honor to sail against the best."
"The Argo Group Gold Cup is a great event on the AWMRT," Canfield continued. "It allows younger up and coming teams to get a taste of the tour and a chance to compete against the best in the world. Having sailed in three Argo Gold Cup's as a non tour card holder, we are really looking forward to return as a part of the AWMRT."
"While the boats - classic, full-keeled IODs - are quite unique compared to boats in any other venue," Canfield noted, "the variety of sailing conditions and beautiful, but variable weather make this event one of the best in the world. Bermuda has been an incredible place to sail. I started in the RenRe Junior Gold Cup and now I'm going back to Bermuda as the defending champion… It's a dream."
Automatic invitations went to the eight Alpari World Match Racing Tour Card Holders and eight more invitations went to top sailors in the ISAF Match Race 'Open' Rankings, to some past participants in the Gold Cup and to skippers with top match racing records over years on the match racing scene.
International Match Race Sailing at its Best
Hamilton BERMUDA, March 29, 2013— The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Argo Group have set the dates for the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup. The penultimate event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour is scheduled to start October 8th on Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda. Racing will continue through the finals and the prizegiving at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club on Sunday October 13th.
October is a perfect time to sail and vacation in Bermuda and the Argo Group Gold Cup is a showcase ‘spectator’ event culminating in the exciting finals weekend October 12th-13th. All Gold Cup racing is spectator friendly with courses set in Hamilton Harbour from just off of the RBYC marina wall to the harbour shore along the gardens of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel. Special rates for Gold Cup week are available at the Hamilton Princess Hotel.
This year will mark the 63nd staging of races for the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy, with previous winners including some of the greatest names ever to match race. Since the event was reformatted to be an event under the Match Racing Association in 1985, multiple winners include Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Peter Gilmour (AUS), and Ben Ainslie (GBR).
The Argo Group Gold Cup is the penultimate sixth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in which the teams compete for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship. Match racing in Bermuda for The King Edward VII Gold Cup is recognized as one of the classic heritage events on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
The 11th annual RenaissanceRe Jr Gold Cup will also be sailed October 10-13 in Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup and RenaissanceRe Jr Gold Cup finals weekend is a spectacular time to visit Bermuda.
Argo Group Gold Cup Media Contact:
Talbot Wilson, Talbot Wilson & Associates, Inc.
Tel: +1 (850)432-8170 Fax: +1 (850)432-8050
Mob: +1 (850)217-7138
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Contact:
Nicole Butterworth, Sailing Secretary
Tel: (441) 295 2214 Ex 105
Fax:(441) 295 6361
Alpari World Match Racing Tour Press Information:
Craig Mitchell: Tour Director at ALPARI World Match Racing Tour
Mobile: +44 (0) 7710 907986 Skype: craigymitchell