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.