Argo Group Gold Cup

Qualifying Groups set for Argo Group Gold Cup

Argo Group Gold Cup: Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Bermuda's Premier Michael Dunkley gave these words of welcome to the Argo Group Gold Cup skippers, crews and spectators.

Taylor Canfield defeated Ian Williams racing in the Quarter Final stage of the 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.Photo credit: Talbot Wilson
Taylor Canfield defeated Ian Williams racing in the Quarter Final stage of the
2013 Argo Group Gold Cup at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. (Photo credit: Talbot Wilson

"On behalf of the people of Bermuda, I am delighted to welcome the organizers and competitors and spectators for this year's Argo Group Gold Cup.

The fact that this excellent event is taking place within days of Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo is testament to Bermuda's tremendous resilience and to your commitment to racing in one of the world's great sailing venues.

A lot of pieces quickly came together to keep The Argo Group Gold Cup on track, and I want to commend all participants for making it happen.

The weather looks good. Boats and crews are ready. Let the racing begin!" - by Talbot Wilson

In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion Patch last week, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda are ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday.

Thirteen countries are represented in the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. The teams have been divided into two groups of 10 for the Qualifying Session round-robin knockout matches: Group 1 features Tour leader leader Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar, Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team, Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa , Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Equipe de France, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena sailing Team, Arthur Herreman (FRA) Match the World, David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team, Somers Kempe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics, and Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Opportunity Team.

Group 2 is led by 2nd on the Tour Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team One, Mathieu Richard (FRA) Luna Jet, Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour, Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team, Eric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team, Marek Staqnczyk (POL) , Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing, Lance Fraser (BER) DigiCel Bermuda, and Nathen Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing.

Seedings in the groups are based on AWMRT and ISAF rankings and other performance factors. Teams sail a 10-team Round-Robin knock-out elimination within their group. Then the top four teams from each group move on to directly to the knockout phases with Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals scheduled. There is no second-chance Repechage sail-off in the Argo Group Gold Cup... 12 teams are beached at the end of the Round-Robin Qualifying matches.

Group 1 Skipper ISAF Rank Tour Rank Nation Racing Team
Williams, Ian 2 1 GBR GAC Pindar
Hansen, Bjorn 4 4 SWE Hansen Sailing Team
Swinton, Keith 9 5 AUS Team Alpari FX
Morvan, Pierre-Antoine 12 8 FRA Equipe de France
Berntsson, Johnie 16 18 SWE Stena Sailing Team
Herreman, Arthur 20 13 FRA MATCH THE WORLD
Bruni, Francesco 37   ITA Luna Rossa
Korpershoek,Dirk-Jan 42   NED Opportunity Team
Storrs, David 43   USA Pequot Racing Team
Kempe, Somers     BER Raymarine/Ocean Electronics

Group 1 Skipper ISAF Rank Tour Rank Nation Racing Team
Canfield, Taylor 1 2 ISV US One
Richard, Mathieu 3 3 FRA LunaJets
Robertson, Phil 5 6 NZL WAKA Racing
Monnin, Eric 6 13 SUI Swiss Match Race Team
Gilmour, David 10 7 AUS Team Gilmour
Linberg, Staffan 11   FIN Alandia Sailing Team
Poole, Chris 19   USA Riptide Racing
Stanczyk, Marek 32   POL
Fraser, Lance 64   BER Digicel Bermuda
Nathan Outteridge     SWE Artemis Racing


The 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup will be sailed with the same 20-team format used in 2013. This Argo Group Gold Cup format is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. It starts with Qualifying in two 10-team groups. Skippers in the groups are ranked and divided by Alpari World Match Racing Tour officials and the organizers at the RBYC.

2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Standings after Stage 5
1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts
2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 88pts
3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 76pts
4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing 63pts
5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 58pts
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 56pts
7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 39pts
8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts

Visit Bermuda for Match Racing at its Best

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 25th-26th. All Gold Cup racing is spectator friendly with courses set in Hamilton Harbor 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 will be available at the Hamilton Princess Hotel.

This year will mark the 64th staging of races for the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy. Previous winners include some of the greatest names ever to match race. Since the event was reformatted to be sailed under the Match Racing Association in 1985, multiple big-name winners include Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Peter Gilmour (AUS), and Ben Ainslie (GBR). The 2013 defending champion is Francesco Bruni (ITL).

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 12th annual RenaissanceRe Jr Gold Cup will also be sailed October 23-26 in Bermuda. Argo Group Gold Cup and RenaissanceRe Jr Gold Cup finals weekend is a spectacular time to visit Bermuda.

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About Bermuda:

Although Bermuda is an Atlantic island paradise in its own right, many people mistakenly believe Bermuda is part of the Caribbean. In fact, the island rests hundreds of miles north of the Bahamas, a mere 650 miles east of North Carolina. Flights from New York and other eastern US cities are less than two hours. From London, direct flights are about seven hours.

All of Bermuda fits in a cozy 20.7 square miles surrounded by 75 miles of dramatic coastline. Bermuda is famous for hospitality and sparkling pink-sand beaches. Activities include racquet sports, dramatic golfing, spectacular spas, and cultural festivals in all seasons. Of course Bermuda is famous for sailing as a destination for ocean races from Marion, Newport, and Charleston, for Cruising rallies for other East Coast ports and as host to many national and international competitive events.

From chic international cuisine in posh dining rooms to conch stew and local Rockfish at a roadside café, we have a taste to please every palate and budget. While Bermudians do value island tranquility, we like to have a bit of fun, too. From swanky clubs to friendly neighborhood pubs, these after-hours establishments satisfy every thirst. Cocktail in hand and warm sea breeze at your back, set sail on one of our evening cruises along our famous coastline.

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Alpari World Match Racing Tour – 2014 Tour Card Holders

Skipper Team
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
Keith Swinton(AUS) Team Alpari FX
Bjorn Hansen(SWE) Hansen Sailing Team
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa
David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour

About the Alpari World Match Racing Tour

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) is the leading professional sailing series featuring seven World Championship events across the globe, sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with “Special Event” status.

The Alpari World Match Racing Tour awards over US$1.4 million in prize money with points awarded at each event culminating in the crowning of the “ISAF Match Racing World Champion”. The prize fund includes a US$500,000 overall Tour Bonus for the top teams in the Championship.

Events take place in identically supplied racing yachts to place the focus on teamwork and skill. Racing takes place close to the shore so that spectators and fans can follow the racing in a virtual on-the-water stadium.

Media and television highlights coverage reaches in excess of 183 countries across 51 broadcasters around the world. International television distribution is managed by global sports and entertainment agency IMG.

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