2015 Argo Group Gold Cup News

Williams Versus Walker First Up At Argo Group Gold Cup

oct6 goldcup sRacing begins tomorrow with the world No. 1 squaring off against the local hero

HAMILTON, Bermuda – The seedings for the 67th annual Argo Group Gold Cup have been determined and racing for Group A is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 9 am (ADT).

The first match pits a skipper on top of his game, world No. 1 Ian Williams of Great Britain, against one who’s returning for the first time in three years, Bermudian ace Blythe Walker. The quirkiness of the International One-Design (IOD) sloop used in the Argo Group Gold Cup can make a famous crew look average very quickly, and that aphorism will be put to the test first thing tomorrow.

“We’ve had a strong year but really haven’t hit our straps yet,” said Williams, the five-time world match racing champion. “We’re hoping to hit the ground running and get a good result.”

“We’re a little rusty, have to shake the cob webs out,” said Walker, who placed 3rd in 2006. “For guys like me this is a great opportunity to do match racing at a level we don’t get on a regular basis here in Bermuda. We’re happy about the opportunity to compete against the world’s best.”

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Argo Group Gold Cup Schedule Unchanged In Wake Of Hurricane

oct5 2015 goldcup sFleet of 16 - led by reigning champion Johnie Berntsson - hopes for smoother action on water beginning Wednesday

HAMILTON, Bermuda: Organizers for the Argo Group Gold Cup firmly stated today that racing for the 67th annual match racing regatta, an event of the World Match Racing Tour, will begin on Wednesday as scheduled.

Hurricane Joaquin passed to the northwest of the island in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. The eye of the hurricane was some 70 miles offshore Sunday evening when it made its closest approach, bringing with it wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph and heavy rainfall that caused widespread power outages.

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Youngest World Tour skipper faces new challenge in Bermuda

London, UK (2nd October 2015): They start match racing young in Denmark. Continuing the line of match racing greats from this country such as Jesper Bank, Jes Gram Hansen and Jesper Radich, a new kid on the block, and hoping to continue the tradition, is first time World Match Racing Tour tour card holder Joachim Aschenbrenner.

Despite his tender age of 21, Aschenbrenner is already a seasoned match racer having been pushing hard in this discipline since his teens. It is still impressive that while being the youngest skipper this year on the World Match Racing Tour, Aschenbrenner goes into the Argo Group Gold Cup in fourth overall in the 2015 world championship rankings. 

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Scramble for points at Argo Group Gold Cup

London, UK (29th September 2015): With Bermuda being home to the 35th America’s Cup, on 6-11 October, 16 skippers will once again be fighting it out to win another of match racing’s most prestigious events, the Argo Group Gold Cup.

However while competitors will be focusing on getting their name on the giant King Edward VII Gold Cup trophy alongside many of the greats in our sport, they will also be keeping one eye on the overall championship points for the 2015 World Match Racing Tour. The Argo Group Gold Cup is the penultimate event on the Tour and competitors in Bermuda will be gunning to get a good result enabling them firstly to make it through to the seasons’ grand finale, the Monsoon Cup, to be held in Johor, Malaysia in January, and secondly how points earned in Bermuda will impact their overall results.

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