|Johnie Berntsson (SWEDEN)
Berntsson Sailing Team was founded in 1997 and have since then been sailing all over the world in different match racing events. The team now race as the Stena Sailing Team. Johnie was the 2008 Argo Group Gold Cup winner and finished second in the 2012 and 2011 event. Stena Sailing Team are always crowd favourites at AGGC.
ISAF Ranking: 15
|Francesco Bruni (ITALY)
Luna Rossa returns to defend their 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup win. Francesco Bruni has a solid sailing background with three America’s Cup campaigns as part of the Luna Rossa team and three Olympic campaigns (1996, 2000 and 2004). He has also seen success in the Farr 40 and TP52 classes finishing runner up in their World Championships. In his sailing career spanning 30 years, Bruni has won seven world, five European and 15 Italian championships in different classes, from Laser to Offshore. 2010 was Bruni’s debut year on The World Match Racing Tour as part of a strategy to help build a top flight match racing team. Bruni got off to a flyer with a third place finish in his very first event, Match Race France, before going on to enjoy a very consistent year with a fourth, a fifth and two sixth place finishes to end the season in seventh place on the WMRT. Bruni returns to the Tour as the skipper of America’s Cup team Luna Rossa. His role during the 2013 Americas Cup was as tactician, but will now take the helm on the tour for what will be invaluable training for the team. He will be match racing against the best sailors in the world. He came closest to the World Championship Title in 2011 when he finished second overall. Winning the Tour in 2014 would certainly put him and his Luna Rossa team in a good place for their continued America’s Cup ambitions.
ISAF Ranking: 29
|Taylor Canfield (US VIRGIN ISLANDS)
Taylor Canfield joins us for a third year and has to be considered a strong contender to lift the King Edward VII Gold Cup having won in 2012 and finishing third in 2013. Taylor is a 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour card holder and currently third on the Tour. Canfield and his USone team are the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour champions. Taylor is also part of the current Etchells World Championship team.
ISAF Ranking: 2
|Lance Fraser (BERMUDA)
Lance has been match racing competitively for five years and is currently ranked 52nd in the world. He has match raced in New York, Chicago, California, Detroit and France over the last four years and was an Intern at Chicago Match Race Center last summer. He became the youngest skipper to compete in the Argo Group Gold Cup in 2010 and has now competed in the event four times. Lance is 21-years-old and is currently studying at Queen’s University School of Business in Canada. He is excited to compete in his fifth Argo Group Gold Cup with the support of Digicel Bermuda for the fourth consecutive year.
ISAF Ranking: 52
|David Gilmour (AUSTRALIA)
It could be said that sailing is in David’s blood. Son of sailing legend Peter Gilmour, David joins the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for the first time in 2014 as a Tour card holder. At 22, David will be the youngest skipper on the tour this year. Despite his young age however, David Gilmour has an impressive sailing career under his belt. He started sailing at age seven and racing at age 10. Since then, amongst other achievements, he can boast first place at ISAF Nations Cup 2013—Grand Final and first place at the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in 2013 and 2014. Team Gilmour came together in 2010 and has been working hard ever since towards their shared goal of becoming the best match racers in the world. The team consists of young, but established sailors who have all had recent experience on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour along with many other high profile events. Team Gilmour’s debut on the Tour was at the Monsoon Cup in 2012 where they placed seventh.
ISAF Ranking: 12
|Björn Hansen (SWEDEN)
Crowd favourite Björn returns to compete in this year’s Argo Group Gold Cup, fresh from defending the Stena Match Cup in Sweden for a third year in a row. Björn is the co-owner of At Sea Sailing Events (former Stockholm Match Race Centre) and with strong support from the Hansen Sailing Team is a definite contender in this year’s event. Hot off finishing third against Ian Williams at Chicago Match Race the Hansen Sailing team is gunning for an Argo Group Gold Cup victory! Björn is an AWMRT card holder and finished fourth on the Tour in 2013.
ISAF Ranking: 4
|Arthur Herreman (FRANCE)
Match the World Sailing Team was founded in 2011, near Le Havre, in France, by a group of friends lead by Arthur HERREMAN. Starting from the 340th rank, the team has been able to sail its way to 21st in the ISAF Open Match Race ranking list in 2014. Herreman's first participation to an event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour was at the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad, Holland in September 2014. Herreman says, "Match the World's target is to be on the World Tour in few years."
ISAF Ranking: 21
|Somers Kempe (BERMUDA)
Bermudian Somers Kempe has been sailing since the age of eight-years-old and, unlike most match race sailors, he got his start in the enterprise dinghy. His passion for the sport of sailing has seen him compete in everything from Bermuda Fitted Dinghy sailing to ocean racing. He is an avid Viper 640 competitor. He has been a long time crew member of local teams taking part in past Argo Group Gold Cup events, but this year will take the helm for the first time. Somers and his Raymarine/Ocean Electronics team are the 2014 Bermuda Match Racing Champions. Crew members include Adam Barboza, Paul Wring and Peter Miller.
ISAF Ranking: Not ranked
|Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NETHERLANDS)
Dirk-Jan Korpershoek started match racing four years ago accidentally when the Dutch championship were in need of an extra team. He was immediately hooked to it and has climbed the ISAF rankings since then to become the highest ranked skipper in the Netherlands last year. Nowadays match racing is taking up almost all his free time. The time being left is spent on the European 2K team racing tour, where his DMTRA team is currently fourth place in the rankings and won their fist event three weeks ago in Istanbul. His "opportunity team" sailed their first World Tour event last month at the Dutch Match Cup and is eager to show their skills in Bermuda.
ISAF Ranking: 45
|Staffan Lindberg (FINLAND)
2014 has been a busy year so far with several podium finishes in Grade 2 and 3 events in Europe. Staffan finished 12th at the recent inaugural Sopot Match Race AWMRT event in Poland. Staffan and his team are familiar faces at the Argo Group Gold Cup.
ISAF Ranking: 13
|Eric Monnin (SWITZERLAND)
Eric and his Swiss Match Race Team are back to improve on their fourth place finish in the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup. Eric and the team have racked up several Grade 2 top-podium finishes in Europe this year and an eighth place in Match Race Germany. This is Eric’s 11th Gold Cup appearance.
ISAF Ranking: 14
|Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRANCE)
Pierre-Antoine Morvan had been sailing since the age of eight before discovering match racing in 2003 while studying at the University of Rennes. By 2004 he had his own competitive sailing team and by 2007 his team had won the Youth French Championship, the University French Championship and the Open French Championship. Morvan and the team are looking to improve on their 11th place finish at last year’s AGGC.
ISAF Ranking: 7
|Nathan Outteridge (AUSTRALIA)
Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge started sailing at the age of five. In 2008 he won his first World Championship title in the 49er class; a success he repeated in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2010 he won the International Moth Class Euro Championship and the following year he clinched the International Moth Class World title. He went on to win the World title for a second time earlier in 2014. Nathan won a gold medal at the London Olympics in the 49er class alongside teammate Iain Jensen. Shortly after his Olympic success he joined Artemis Racing as helmsman for the 34th America’s Cup, aged just 27. This is Nathan’s and Artemis Racing’s first Argo Group Gold Cup. He is joined by Team Manager, Iain Percy on tactics and main, Iain Jensen and Christian Kamp.
ISAF Ranking: Not Ranked
|Chris Poole (USA)
Chris Poole hails from Falmouth, Maine and represents Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. He formed Riptide Racing in 2012 after he was an intern at the Chicago Match Race Center during the summer of 2011. Since then he has competed around the world with Riptide Racing climbing the rankings to 26th in the world and second in the United States. Riptide Racing is excited to return to the Argo Group Gold Cup for the second year in a row. Last year was an amazing learning experience for the team and they are eager to come back and master the IOD.
ISAF Ranking: 30
|Mathieu Richard (FRANCE)
Mathieu returns to the Argo Group Gold Cup with a 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour card sailing for LunaJets. He was the winner of the 2007 Gold Cup. Having had his start in Optimist and 420 dinghies, Mathieu decided match racing was where he wished to compete. Thus far, his 2014 season has seen him come third in Match Race Germany, fifth at the Stena Match Race, second at SOPOT Match Race and win the Congressional Cup. He is currently second on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
ISAF Ranking: 3
|Phil Roberton (NEW ZEALAND)
Sailing has been in Phil Robertson’s blood since the age of 10 when he started racing competitively. Racing in dinghy classes for several years satisfied his appetite for sailing and competition however Robertson wanted to develop himself as a team sailor which he did at the age of 16 when he joined the prestigious Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth training Programme. Phil now fronts WAKA Racing, a tight team of top young sailors who made their debut in 2011 as Tour card holders on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. WAKA Racing finished third in AWMRT ranking at the end of 2012 and 2013. They have started the New Year being crowned New Zealand Open Keel Boat Champions which puts them on a confident footing for achieving their ultimate goal of winning the World Championship in 2014.
ISAF Ranking: 9
|Marek Stanczyk (POLAND)
Marek is a former Polish Match Race Champion and for the past seven years he has been the top ranked Polish skipper in ISAF rankings. Marek has multiple 470 Polish National Championships. He started sailing in Optis then Cadet Class. He won many ice-sailing competitions in Poland and around the world including Canada and Scandinavia. He is also involved in the yachting business, having his own shipyard “Nautiner” in Poland. Latest racing results include several top three finishes in Grade 2 and 3 events. This is his third Argo Group Gold Cup.
ISAF Ranking: 49
|Keith Swinton (AUSTRALIA)
Keith Swinton’s passion for sailing began in Perth at the age of eight. He’s competed in Olympic Class Sailing, on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in IRC Racing and One Design Racing in a number of classes, including 420, 470, 29er, Tornado, Etchells and Flying 15. However, he considers match racing to be the most enjoyable and is now his focus. So far this year Alpari FX Trading team finished second at Match Race Germany, fourth at the Congressional Cup and won the Royal Southern Match Cup. This is Keith’s fifth visit to Bermuda.
ISAF Ranking: 6
|Ian Williams (GREAT BRITAIN)
Ian started out his professional life as a solicitor and decided to pursue match racing. It was obviously a successful decision as Ian is the first Briton to gain the ISAF World Champion and AWMRT Champion titles. He is the 2011 and 2012 Tour Champion; a title the team has won four times. He, along with the rest of the GAC Pindar team, returns to the Argo Group Gold Cup for a ninth time, having won this regatta in 2006. Ian is an AWMRT card holder and currently leading the AWMRT series.
ISAF Ranking: 1