In a ceremony that captures the traditions of yachting in Bermuda, seven-time winner Russell COUTTS not only held a loft The King Edward VII Gold Cup but he was also presented a precious token from the history books.
On hearing that Coutts had surpassed a record held for 45 years by the late A.F. 'Bert' DARRELL of Bermuda, who had won The King Edward VII Gold Cup six times between 1939 and 1959; his three daughters, Toni MOUTRAY, Jennifer DARRELL and Debbie DARRELL Mackenzie decided to give a miniature Gold Cup once won by their father to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to present to Russell COUTTS today.
"This is fantastic to win the Gold Cup but to also receive this family heirloom from the Darrell family is a real honour,"
Coutts said. "This is a total surprise and it is special really to be remembered in this way. It is an honour to hold this record here in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club which I feel very much a part of."
The miniature King Edward VII Gold Cup will be engraved with Coutts' name on it and will be on permanent display at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Squadron.
"This has been a wonderful event, and particularly great to see the Junior Gold Cup taking place at the same time with all of the young sailors,"
Coutts said. "I look forward to racing against them in future years here at the Gold Cup."
The Investors' Guaranty presentation of the King Edward VII Gold Cup became a landmark event for both the sponsors and organizers of this event this year. Premier Alex SCOTT who attended the awards ceremony said that he hopes to see more sailing of this calibre in year's to come.
"I am pleased that this prime location in Bermuda gives us the best match racing on this beautiful harbor,"
he said. "This is a very prestigious event that attracts younger, unseeded sailors to Bermuda who have the opportunity to go up against the best. And, there are always spirited young sailors just waiting to take your place on the top. There is plenty of room for all sailors to learn from the masters."
For CEO and President of Investors' Guaranty Doug KING whose company has been the major sponsor of this event for the past two years, the event could not have gone any better.
"We have had a great pleasure being involved in this event and we have such a great relationship with the sailors and with everyone involved,"
King said. "We look forward to increased involvement next year and it has been a wonderful event."
The King Edward VII Gold Cup Final Results
1. Russell COUTTS (NZL), 11-3, $30,000
Crew: Jes GRAM-HANSEN, Christian KAMP, Rasmus KOSTNER
2. James SPITHILL (AUS), 10-2, $18,000
Crew: Magnus AUGUSTSSON, Charlie MCKEE, Joe NEWTON
3. Ed BAIRD (USA), 8-4, $11,500
Crew: Andy HORTON, Piet van NIEUWENHUYZEN, Jon ZISKIND
4. Scott DICKSON (NZL) 4-6, $9,000 (Unseeded Skipper)
Crew: Sonny GIBSON, Allan LINDSAY, Dave RIDLEY
5. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), 7-5, $7,500
Crew: Mike MOTTL, Kazuhiko SOFUKU, Yasuhiro YAJI
6. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 4-4, $6,500
Crew: Nils BJERKAS, Martin KRITE, Daniel WALLBERG
7. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), 6-4, $6,000
Crew: Olivier HERLEDANT, Philippe MOURNIAC, Yannick SIMON
8. Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN (NED), 3-6, $5,500
Crew: Carrie HOWE, Nanda NENGERMAN, Jetske ROODVOETS, Tryntje ZUIDERBAAN