Top match racers to return to Bermuda

Line up announced for the Bermuda Gold Cup

Friday June 18th 2004, Author: Barry Pickthall, Location: United Kingdom
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.
Peter Gilmour is ranked at the top of the Swedish Match Tour and Karol Jablonski tops the latest ISAF rankings. Ed Baird, and James Spithill are right behind the ISAF leader and Gavin Brady, and Russell Coutts are right up there in the top ten of the Swedish Match Tour.

“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. The King Edward VII Gold cup has been the leader in innovations for match racing events, introducing the shore side, spectator-friendly venue of Hamilton Harbour and also pioneering the use of on the water judging which is now the norm throughout the world. 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:
- Ed Baird - United States
- Gavin Brady - New Zealand
- Russell Coutts - Switzerland
- Peter Gilmour - United States
- Peter Holmberg - US Virgin Islands
- Karol Jablonski - Poland
- James Spithill - Australia.

Dennis Conner - United States has been invited to participate with seeded status as a Wild Card Skipper.

The King Edward VII Gold Cup is scheduled for 16-24 October, 2004 set in Hamilton Harbour just feet from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

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