Women’s, Open World Champs Highlight Lineup for Prestigious Argo Group Gold Cup

MacGregor, Mirsky lead a field that includes three past Gold Cup champions

HAMILTON, Bermuda: Lucy MacGregor and Torvar Mirsky, respectively the reigning Women’s and Open Match Race World Champions, headline a championship field slated for the Argo Group Gold Cup, the most prestigious match race regatta in the world.

Hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the 68th running of the Argo Group Gold Cup is scheduled May 8-12. Twelve teams will be vying for the $100,000 prize purse, of which $30,000 is earmarked for the champion. First awarded in 1907, the King Edward VII Gold Cup is one of the most coveted trophies in match racing and carries a panache that regularly attracts the world’s best sailors.

This year’s field is no exception. Johnie Berntsson of Sweden is a two-time past champion (2008, ’14) and two-time runner-up (2011, ’12). Taylor Canfield of the U.S. won the Gold Cup in 2012, finished 3rd in 2013 and ’14, and placed 4th in 2015. He comes into the regatta with a hot hand having won the Congressional Cup two weeks ago in Long Beach, Calif.

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Argo Group Gold Cup to Return in May 2018

2018 ainslie sHAMILTON, Bermuda – March 16, 2018 – The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) and Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. today announced Argo Group Gold Cup will be held May 7–12, 2018 and is open to sixteen teams. As a result of the partnership between RBYC and Argo Group, Bermuda will return to the center of the sailing world this May, when the world’s top match-racing talent descends on the island. The event will feature one-design IOD keelboats that will compete in Argo Group Gold Cup’s traditional event format of qualifying round robin and repechage, before the knockout stages commence.

“The Gold Cup is a long-standing tradition in Bermuda, attracting the world’s best skippers and crews from the match-racing circuit,” said Mark E. Watson III, CEO, Argo Group. “As title sponsor for the ninth year, we look forward to working with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to make this year’s event one of the best ever. Our shared commitment to innovation, teamwork and sustainability makes this partnership a perfect match.”

“The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is pleased to continue the Argo Group Gold Cup’s association with match racing, built upon the history of the King Edward VII Gold Cup” said Jon Corless, Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. “The Club also looks forward to welcoming world-class match racers from around the globe to Bermuda and, as always, we anticipate exciting racing on Hamilton Harbour.”

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