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Monday, January 06, 2020
Bermuda Part of WMRT 20th Anniversary Season

Bermuda is part of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 20th Anniversary season.

2020 will see an 18 event schedule across 13 countries, including a new championship format awarding points from all events towards the annual match racing world title.

GKSS Match Cup Sweden also re-joins the tour as the third World Championship event of the series, alongside Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup Regatta, and the Argo Group Gold Cup hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Under new ownership since last year, WMRT returns to its 'event host' model, bringing together a series of independent match racing events around the world as part of the annual world tour. Competing teams will accumulate points from events on to the WMRT annual championship leader-board - the skipper with the highest points at the end of the season will be crowned Match Racing World Champion, officially sanctioned by World Sailing, the governing body of the sport. The defending Match Racing World Champion is Phil Robertson (NZL), two-time winner of the title in 2016 and 2018/19.

2020 also marks the 70th competition of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club's Argo Group Gold Cup for the King Edward VII Trophy May 11th – 16th.

Women's and youth teams are regularly invited to race against the top echelon of match race sailors on picturesque Hamilton Harbour in the challenging, 33-foot long International One-Design.

At stake is the oldest trophy awarded for match race sailing in one-design sailboats and a USD$100,000 prize purse. Continuing a partnership that began in 2008, title sponsor Argo Group returns for the 11th time.
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