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4 August 2005, 11:06 am
Top Skippers Set For Bermuda
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King Edward VII Gold Cup 2005
Hamilton, Bermuda

Seven time and defending Gold Cup winner Russell COUTTS (NZL), 2003 and 2004 ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ed BAIRD (USA) and number one sailor in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings Peter GILMOUR (AUS) are set to meet in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda at this year's Investors Guaranty presentation of the King Edward VII Gold Cup from 15-23 October.
Also vying for the historic and coveted Cup are top seeded skippers, Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Philippe PRESTI (FRA), James SPITHILL (AUS), Dean BARKER (NZL) and Gavin BRADY (NZL).

Eight unseeded skippers will have the daunting challenge of racing against this list of world class sailing talent in hopes of reaching the finals. This field will include the top six of the ISAF Grade 3 qualifying rounds and the winner and runner up from the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2005, to be sailed concurrently with the Gold Cup qualifier event. All of the skippers have a chance at winning the King Edward VII Gold Cup and a share of the $100,000 purse.

The King Edward VII Gold Cup has been one of the leaders in innovations for match racing events, introducing the shore side, spectator friendly venue of Hamilton Harbour and was at the forefront of the use of on-the-water judging, now the norm throughout the world. The Gold Cup will continue to build on the proud tradition and reputation it has earned with skippers, spectators and sailing enthusiasts as one of the most prestigious match racing tournaments in the world.

The King Edward VII Gold Cup is scheduled for 15-23October and is set in Hamilton Harbour just a few feet away from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The unique format of the King Edward VII Gold Cup, sailed in Bermuda's famous International One Design sloops, includes a Grade 3 qualifying event where the top six skippers advance to round one of the tournament and face the eight seeded skippers along with the winner and runner-up of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2005 to be sailed in J24's. The winner of The King Edward VII Gold Cup will be presented with the King Edward VII Trophy.

Talbot Wilson (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Russell COUTTS starts close to leeward of James SPITHILL during last year's final:© Bob Grieser
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