7 Things to Know About the Argo Group Gold Cup

Fun and historical facts about the Argo Group Gold Cup match racing series, sailing May 6-11 in Bermuda.

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Argo Group continues its commitment to sports that showcase innovation, teamwork and sustainability by serving as title sponsor of the Argo Group Gold Cup for the tenth time.

This year is the 69th Gold Cup event. The match racing series has a long, storied history of attracting the world’s best skippers and crews to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton Harbour. Here are seven things you should know.

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    The race trophy, the King Edward VII Cup, is the oldest match-racing trophy in the world for competition involving one-design yachts.

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    The cup was given at the Tri-Centenary Regatta in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1907 by King Edward VII in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America.

  3. 3.

    C. Sherman Hoyt was the first to accept the historic cup. Thirty years later, he gave it to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and proposed a regular one-on-one match-race series.

     

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    The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, established in 1844, is the third-oldest Royal club outside of the British Isles. Prince Albert was patron of the club.

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    The four-leg course takes about 20 minutes to sail. Races are typically close, with winners often determined by only a few boat lengths.

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    Since 1937, Bermuda has won the cup 21 times, the United States 18 times, New Zealand 11 times, Australia six times, the United Kingdom five times, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Sweden twice each, and Denmark, France and Italy once each.

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    By winning his seventh championship in 2004, Russell Coutts of New Zealand became the event’s all-time winner.

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