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Ainslie asked back to Bermuda to defend Gold Cup

Top sailor Ben Ainslie has been invited to try and make it three Argo Group Gold Cup wins in a row, it was announced this evening.

Mr Ainslie, who is targeting his fifth Olympic medal in 2012, has been invited back to Bermuda to defend his title in the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup from October 4 to 9.

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Argo Group have issued invitations to apply for entry in the 2011 Gold Cup - the invitations went first to the nine teams holding 2011 Tour Cards for the nine-stage World Match Racing Tour.

Invitations have also been sent to a select group of top level ISAF match race skippers, America's Cup level skippers and up-and-coming match race sailors. The Gold Cup has a unique 24-team format on the WMRT. Along with the Tour Card holders, the winners of two qualifier events in the United States and one in Bermuda qualify for invitations.

Following the April 18 response date for the initial invitations, the selection committee will consider other applications for invitation.

Ben Ainslie and his crew pictured in last year's Gold Cup.

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Published March 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm (Updated March 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm)

Ainslie asked back to Bermuda to defend Gold Cup

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