Bermuda Gold Cup back on World Match Racing Tour calendar
The prestigious Bermuda Gold Cup is back on the schedule of this year’s World Match Racing Tour calendar for the first time since 2020.
The 71st renewal of the Gold Cup will be the penultimate leg of a 15-event season across ten countries with the showpiece final held in Shenzhen, China, from December 12 to 17, with a $200,000 prize purse on offer.
The campaign will comprise World Tour events and World Championship events, starting with the Ficker Cup and the 58th edition of the Congressional Cup Regatta, the oldest continuously held sailing match-race regatta in the world, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California in April.
All events are organised under World Sailing rules as open match racing events, allowing both men and women skippers, and mixed teams to compete. World Championship-level events are worth more points towards the overall annual leaderboard.
The top 11 skippers on the leaderboard after counting their top four results following the penultimate event in Bermuda in October, as well as one wild card, will make up the 12 teams invited to compete in the final.
The Bermuda event, which is hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, will take place on October 2 to 7.
The King Edward VII Gold Cup is one of the most coveted match racing trophies in the sport, won by many of sailing’s great names including Chris Dickson, Peter Gilmour, Russell Coutts, Eddie Warden-Owen, James Spithill, Ben Ainslie, Ian Williams, Taylor Canfield, Johnie Berntsson and Francesco Bruni.
“We are delighted to finally announce the 2023 WMRT season” said Executive Director James Pleasance. “We are also thrilled for the return of the Tour’s founding events The Congressional Cup, Match Cup Sweden and Bermuda Gold Cup, and we are looking forward to seeing both familiar teams and many new faces on the Tour this year.
“We are also looking forward to hosting the WMRT Final in Shenzhen, China at the end of the year now the country has reopened.”
Ficker Cup, Long Beach, CA, USA, April 13 to 16
Congressional Cup, Long Beach, CA, April 17 to 22
Szczecin Match Race, Poland, April 27 to 30
Porto Montenegro Match Race, May 11 to 14
NJK Open Spring Cup, Finland, May 18 to 21
OM International Ledro Match Race, Italy, June 22 to 25
GKSS Match Cup Sweden, July 4 to 8
Internationaux France Match Race, Pornichet, France, July 27 to 30
Chicago grand-slam, USA, August 17 to 20
International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, USA, August 23 to 27
Thompson Cup, Oyster Bay NY, USA, August 29 to September 2
Oakcliff International, Oyster Bay NY, USA, September 5 to 9
Baltic Match Race, Estonia, September 20 to 24
Bermuda Gold Cup, October 2 to 7
FINAL Shenzhen Bao’an Match Cup, China, December 12 to 17
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