2020 News

70th Bermuda Gold Cup, 2020 Open Match Racing Worlds Set for Competition

All sailors, race committee, umpires and support staff clear COVID testing

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Oct. 25, 2020) — After a year in which too many regattas were postponed or cancelled due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the hope of International One-Design (IOD) sloops thrashing about Hamilton Harbour is anticipated by all associated with the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing Worlds, which begin tomorrow with gold and silver awaiting the winner at week’s end.

“Our schedule was affected quite a lot, like everyone,” said Eric Monnin of Switzerland, the world’s No. 1-ranked match racer and leading Bermuda Gold Cup veteran who’s making his 13th appearance. “We’ve done some sailing at home since June, but very little match racing. It’s very difficult to know where we stand with the others.”

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Counting Down to Monday

oct23 2020 2trophies sHAMILTON, Bermuda (Oct. 23, 2020) – The relentless march of time has everyone associated with the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing Worlds anxious with anticipation as gold and silver awaits the winner at the championship ceremony next Friday. Racing for the 16 crews begins on Monday with the first set of flights scheduled to get underway at 0930.

The majority of the crews are en route to the 21-square-mile island in the Atlantic Ocean after having taken their COVID-19 PCR tests, as required by the Bermuda Government protocols. All sailors will be tested upon arrival at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport before quarantining in their hotel rooms while the tests are processed. Everyone will also be tested on Day 4 of their stay.

Two crews, Torvar Mirsky’s Black Match Mirsky Racing Team and Ian Williams’s Team GAC Pindar, have been on the island since early in the week and got in a pit of practice before the boats were sequestered beginning Tuesday evening in preparation for the regatta.

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Women Skippers, A Staple Of Bermuda Gold Cup, To Race Open Match Racing Worlds For First Time

oct19 2020 goldcup sCourtois, Östling set to shatter another glass ceiling

HAMILTON, Bermuda (Oct. 19, 2020) - Another glass ceiling for women in sailing will be shattered next week at the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship when two accomplished female skippers - Frenchwoman Pauline Courtois and Anna Östling of Sweden - will race in the Open Worlds for the first time ever.

Women's crews have been regular entrants at the Bermuda Gold Cup since the regatta was reformatted to a ladder-style tournament in the mid-1980s. Successful racers such as Betsy Allison, Sally Barkow and JJ Fetter of the U.S., Bermudian Paula Lewin and Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands are among those who have tried to tackle the International One-Design (IOD) sloop on Hamilton Harbour.

In the past two years Lucy Macgregor's Team Mac from Great Britain posted back-to-back fourth-place finishes, the best showings ever by an all-women's crew at the famed regatta.

The Open Worlds, however, have long been the domain of men. Never has a woman skipper raced in the Open Worlds, let alone two. Next week, that record changes.

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Lineup Confirmed for Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing Worlds

Field of 16 entrants includes leading men's, women's skippers

Gold CupHAMILTON, Bermuda (Oct. 7, 2020) — World and event champions highlight a fleet adorned with accolades for the celebratory 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship, hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Oct. 26-30.

Sweden's Johnie Berntsson, Taylor Canfield of the U.S., Australian Torvar Mirsky and Ian Williams of the U.K. have all won the King Edward VII Gold Cup, awarded to the winner of the Bermuda Gold Cup, while Canfield, Mirsky, Williams and New Zealander Phil Robertson of Sweden have all won the Open World Championship. The fleet's credentials are further boosted by Sweden's Anna Östling, a two-time champion of the Women's Match Racing World Championship.

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