|SIR BEN AINSLIE (GREAT BRITAIN)
Sir Ben is the most successful sailor in Olympic history having won four gold and a silver medal. He is no stranger to the Argo Group Gold Cup having won the event in 2009 and 2010. Sir Ben joins the event having just competed with defending America's Cup team Oracle. This week he is joined by Iain Percy (Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's Olympic and Artemis skipper), Matt Cornwell and Christian Kamp. The team are here to help raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
ISAF Ranking: Not Currently Ranked
|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. Johnie is a current AWMRT card holder.
ISAF Ranking: 8
|FRANCESCO BRUNI (ITALY)
Francesco "Checco" Bruni of Palermo, Italy is one of the most complete, eclectic and winning active Italian sailors in 30 years of the sport. He has won 7 world, 5 European and 15 Italian championships in different classes: from Laser to Offshore, from Star to 49er. He has also reached first place in ISAF's Match Racing World ranking. He has raced with Team Luna Rossa in three America's Cup campaigns (2003, 2007, 2013). He crewed in the afterguard in this year's campaign.
ISAF Ranking: 177
|TAYLOR CANFIELD (US VIRGIN ISLANDS)
Taylor Canfield blasted away the competition at last year's Argo Group Gold Cup and is the defending champion. Having picked up an Alpari World Match Racing Tour card for 2013 he is currently joint second on the Tour having just won Chicago Match Racing regatta. Taylor and the USone team are looking forward to defending the King Edward VII Gold Cup.
ISAF Ranking: 2
|SIMONE FERRARESE (ITALY)
Simone began to sail at the age of five and after testing his mettle on the youth circuit and in the Olympic classes, he decided to put his focus into the match racing circuit where he won the Dubai Youth Trophy in 2006.He hasn't looked back since then. Simone started the 2013 season with a spectacular victory in the Congressional Cup, beating the four time World Champion Ian Williams in the Semifinal and America's Cup winner and veteran Ed Baird in the Final, getting silver at the Match Racing European Championship and a podium (third) at the Stena Match Cup Sweden. Ferrarese recently started an Olympic campaign in the Finn Class, and after a Tour Card holder season in 2012 he will be back with his Ferrarese Racing Team to compete for the 2013 Match Racing World Title.
ISAF Ranking: 11
|LANCE FRASER (BERMUDA)
Lance has been match racing for 5 years. He has match raced in Oakcliff, Chicago, California, Detroit and France over the last two years and was an Intern at Chicago Match Race Center this summer. He became the youngest skipper to compete in the Argo Group Gold Cup in 2010 and has competed for the last three years. Lance is 20 years-old and is currently studying at Queen's University School of Business in Canada. He is excited to compete in his fourth Argo Group Gold Cup this year as Digicel Business Match Racing with crew of Adam Barboza, Michael Rehe and Nico Stefani.
ISAF Ranking: 79
|JOSHUA GREENSLADE (BERMUDA)
Team: Wide Open Racing (supported by RBYC Sailing Academy)
School: St. Mary's College of Maryland
|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. Björn is the co-owner of At Sea Sailing Events (former Stockholm Match Race Centre) and with strong support from team sponsor, eWork, is a definite contender in this year's event. Hot off finishing third against Ian Williams at Chicago Match Race the eWork team is gunning for an Argo Group Gold Cup victory! Björn is an AWMRT card holder and finished second on the Tour in 2012.
ISAF Ranking: 4
|ADAM MINOPRIO (NEW ZEALAND)
This former ISAF #1 Open ranked sailor and the 2009 World Champion is back as a Tour card holder for the 2013 season. Adam has had success this season finishing second in Germany, third in Korea and sixth in Sweden. He returned to match racing after competing in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race where he finished second. 'Mino' and the rest of the Alpari FX Trading team finished second in 2009, fifth in 2010 and 2012.
ISAF Ranking: 30
|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. This is Eric's tenth 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's team has made steady progress since finishing second at the St. Moritz Match Race in 2011. They are now fully focused on pushing for the ISAF Match Racing World Championship title and see their 2012 sixth place result as the beginning of their assault on the trophy after making the Quarterfinals in every Tour event they attended in 2012 and hitting the podium twice.
ISAF Ranking: 3
|CHRIS POOLE (USA)
Chris Poole began competitively match racing in 2012 when he formed Riptide Racing. Since then his team has rapidly climbed the ISAF rankings to now sit amongst the top 40 match racers in the world. Coming off recent success at the 2013 Knickerbocker Cup and the US Grandslam Series they hope to turn some heads in Bermuda. Riptide Racing is very honored to attend the 63rd Argo Group Gold Cup as their first ever Alpari World Tour Event.
ISAF Ranking: 36
|MATHIEU RICHARD (FRANCE)
Mathieu returns to the Argo Group Gold Cup after a year break. 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. His 2013 season has seen him come second in Match Race Germany and win the Korea Match Cup.
ISAF Ranking: 7
|PHIL ROBERTSON (NEW ZEALAND)
Sailing has been in Phil Robertson's blood since the age of ten 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. In 2012 WAKA Racing delivered a podium finish after a stunning performance at the final event to leapfrog up the standings from seventh to third at the final event of the year, the Monsoon Cup. In 2013 the team will maintain their single ambition to be New Zealand's best keel boat sailing team.
ISAF Ranking: 13
|NICOLAI SEHESTED (DENMARK)
Since TREFOR Match Racing was established in 2008 the team has played a dominating role on the Danish and international match racing scene. The ambition from the beginning has been to form the best match racing team in the world. With a rapid climb on the world ranking, TREFOR Match Racing is today ranked 12th on the ISAF world ranking. With this performance the goal of a world championship is within reach. To achieve this goal TREFOR Match Racing is planning on participating on the professional Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) in 2014.
ISAF Ranking: 12
|MAREK STANCZYK (POLAND)
Marek is a former Polish Match Race Champion and for the past six 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 two and three events. This is his second Argo Group Gold Cup. His team is named "Nautiner Henri Lloyd".
ISAF Ranking: 13
|CHRIS STEELE (NEW ZEALAND)
Match racing results in 2013:
3rd Warren jones (Grade 3)
3rd Hardy Cup (Grade 3)
2nd Governors cup (Grade 3)
2nd Vancouver Invitational (Grade 3)
2nd Chicago Grand Slam (Grade 2)
2nd Detroit Cup (Grade 2)
6th Oakcliff International (Grade 2)
3rd US Grand Slam Match Racing series
ISAF Ranking: 25
|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. He considers match racing to be the most enjoyable and is now his focus. The Black Swan team finished second at the 2013 Chicago Match Race in July earning them valuable rank points.
ISAF Ranking: 5
|WILLIAM TILLER (NEW ZEALAND)
Will and the boys are back again for another round of Argo Group Gold Cup racing having finished a somewhat disappointing 14th in 2012. So far this season Will has high placements in Chicago Cup qualifier (second), Hong Kong Match Racing (first) and is the current New Zealand Open Match Racing Champion. Welcome back William!
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 WMRT Champion titles. He is the 2011 and 2012 Tour Champion; a title the team has won four times. He, along with the rest of team GAC Pindar, returns to the Argo Group Gold Cup for an eighth time, having won this regatta in 2006. Ian is an AWMRT card holder
ISAF Ranking: 1
The winners of the Bermuda National, Detroit Cup, Knickerbocker Cup and Sopot Match Race events are guaranteed a spot in the Argo Group Gold Cup.
ISAF rankings were current as of July 10, 2013.