Racing for the 69th Argo Group Gold Cup is scheduled to begin May 7th, at 10:00am on the Hamilton Harbour, just off the docks of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
The first match on the schedule pits grizzled veteran Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, a two-time winner of the King Edward VII Gold Cup, against first-time participant Kelsey Durham, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club representative.
Other matches in the first flight include Maxime Mesnil of France (sailing his first Argo Group Gold Cup) racing Chris Poole of the U.S., Ettore Botticini (the reigning Youth Match Racing World Champion) of Italy racing Eric Monnin (the World No. 1-ranked match racer) of Switzerland and Australian Torvar Mirsky (the reigning Open match racing world champion), against Lucy Macgregor (the reigning Women’s match racing world champion) of the U.K.
Pauline Courtois (Women’s No. 1-ranked skipper) of France makes her Argo Group Gold Cup debut in the third flight of matches when she takes on Nicklas Dackhammar of Sweden in Match 3. Harry Price of Australia, another first-time entrant, makes his debut one match later, against Mirsky.
2019 ARGO GROUP GOLD CUP ENTRANT LIST
•Johnie Berntsson (48, Stennungsund, Sweden) – World No. 24, 10th Argo Group Gold Cup (champion 2008, ’14). Crew: Anders Dahlsjo, Erik Malmberg, Carl-Johan Uckelstan,
•Ettore Botticini (23, Porto Santo Stefano, Italy) – World No. 4, second Argo Group Gold Cup, reigning Youth match racing world champion. Crew: Simone Busonero, Luca Camilli Meletani, Andrea Fornaro, Lorenzo Gennari
•Pauline Courtois (30, Brest, France) – Women’s World No. 1, first Argo Group Gold Cup. Crew: Cédric Chateau, Nathalie Corson, Eric le Joliff
•Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) – World No. 7, third Argo Group Gold Cup. Crew: Olof Lundgren, Eric Malmberg, Jakob Wilson
•Kelsey Durham (25, Smiths, Bermuda) – 2019 Bermuda National Match Racing champion, first Argo Group Gold Cup. Crew: Stevie Dickinson, Campbell Duffy, Heath Foggo
•Lucy Macgregor (32, Poole, England, U.K.) – Women’s World No. 6, third Argo Group Gold Cup, reigning three-time Women’s match racing world champion. Crew: Sally Barkow, Bethan Carden, Francesca Clapach, Kate Macgregor
•Maxime Mesnil (30, Le Havre, France) – World No. 5, first Argo Group Gold Cup. Crew: Yann Chateau, Hugo Feydit, Yves-Marie Pilon
•Torvar Mirsky (41, Sydney, Australia) – World No. 10, fifth Argo Group Gold Cup (champion 2011), reigning Open match racing world champion. Crew: Ian Coleman, Rob Scrivenor, Cameron Seagreen
•Eric Monnin (43, Immensee, Switzerland) – World No. 1, 12th Argo Group Gold Cup. Crew: Simon Brügger, Lukas Gerig, Marc Monnin, Alain Stettler
•Chris Poole (30, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., USA) – World No. 13, fifth Argo Group Gold Cup. Crew: Emily Nagel, Patrick Vos, Josh Wijohn
•Harry Price (23, Sydney, Australia) – World No. 3, first Argo Group Gold Cup, 2017 Youth match racing world champion. Crew: George Anyon, Taylor Balogh, Connor Mashlan
•Ian Williams (42, Lymington, England, U.K.) – World No. 2, 11th Argo Group Gold Cup (champion 2006), six-time Open match racing world champion. Crew: Gerry Mitchell, Tom Powrie, Richard Sydenham