When you're talking about the seeded skippers in the 2004 Investors Guaranty Presentation of The King Edward VII Gold Cup, it's hard to decide which one to put first.
"The King Edward VII Gold Cup is proud to announce a field of top-quality sailors for our 2004 match race tournament,"
said Jane CORREIA, Commodore of Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. "Our event is the premier match race tournament in the world and the skippers we'll have racing in Bermuda this year certainly reflect that… This group of sailors we're bringing together in October continues to put the King Edward VII Gold Cup in the top spot in the world match racing scene."
The seven seeded skippers for the King Edward VII Gold Cup are as follows:
Ed BAIRD (USA)
Gavin BRADY (NZL)
Dennis CONNER (USA) (invited to participate with seeded status as a wild card skipper)
Russell COUTTS (SUI)
Peter GILMOUR (USA)
Peter HOLMBERG (ISV)
Karol JABLONSKI (POL)
James SPITHILL (AUS)
Top of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings is Polish sailor Karol JABLONSKI. So far this year Jablonski has notched up victory at the ISAF Grade 1 Marseille International Match Race, Ed BAIRD (USA) took the Congressional Cup, Peter GILMOUR won Match Race Germany and Russell COUTTS (SUI) the Toscana Elba Cup. The other two ISAF Grade 1 events completed so far this year went to Jesper RADICH (DEN) and Bertrand PACE (FRA) defeating Baird and Gilmour in their respective finals.
The other seeded skippers need little introduction!
The King Edward VII Gold Cup is scheduled for October 16-24, 2004 set in Hamilton Harbour just feet from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
Investors Guaranty presents the King Edward VII Gold Cup and the Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship for the 4th cruiser squadron bowl. Both ISAF Grade 1 match race events are sailed in identically matched IOD sloops in the Hamilton Harbour, adjacent to Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Barr's Bay Park and the Hamilton Princess Hotel.
The venue brings world-class match racing close to shore where spectators can easily see the competition. Commentator Peter MONTGOMERY, the "voice of sailing", will be on hand to call the play-by-play. The tournament takes place only steps from Bermuda's prestigious front street shopping district and historic downtown Hamilton.
In the event, sixteen unseeded entries will compete over three days in the qualifier event to determine the top six teams. The format will be two round robins. The six qualifiers together with the first and second place skippers from the ISAF Grade 1 Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship will be paired against the eight seeded skippers, based on their results in the qualifying round. This is the beginning of the championship event and is a 'first to three points' elimination format. The quarter and semi finals, to be sailed on Friday and Saturday respectively, are both 'first to three points' elimination rounds. The two teams that survive these rounds move on to the finals.
The finals take place on Sunday and feature the top two teams in a 'first to three points' head-to-head battle to determine the winner of the King Edward VII Gold Cup. The petit finals, a 'first to two points' series, is between the two losing semi finalists for third and fourth place. Also on this day is the exciting match race between two traditional Bermuda fitted dinghies; the "contest" representing the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the "Elizabeth" from the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.
Details about the skippers and complete details for the 2004 King Edward VII Gold Cup are available on the event website via the link below.