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London, UK (Saturday 28th September): Argo Group Gold Cup is fifth stage of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club from 7th October to 13th October. Sailing takes place in Hamilton Harbour and is close enough to shore for spectators to enjoy! Bermuda is a unique island located in the North Atlantic which enjoys lovely subtropical weather. As we are only nine days away from the start of this penultimate event on the tour we have been enjoying learning more about the beautiful island of Bermuda so we thought we would share some of these interesting facts with you!
10 – number of International One Design boats used for the Argo Group Gold Cup
9 – number of active IOD fleets across the world.
20 – number of teams competing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup
1844 – the year the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club was established. It is a private club and the third oldest club with a Royal Warrant outside of the British Isles
1505 – the year Spanish Sea Captain Juan de Bermudez discovered Bermuda
181 – total number of islands which make up Bermuda totalling 53.3 square km’s
5000 – number of prisoners of war imprisoned in Bermuda by the British during the Boer War
1930 – the year the first plane reached Bermuda
9 – number of Parishes Bermuda into which is divided
65,000 – the approximate population
1 – only one car per household allowed in Bermuda!
2000 – the year St. George’s was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
12 – number of inches of the smallest draw bridge in the world and is located in Bermuda!
400 – approximate number of shipwrecks surrounding Bermuda dating back to the 16th century
18 – the age at which Bermudian men are subjected to conscription into the Bermuda Regiment
75 – miles of coastline
6 – Bermuda shorts cannot be shorter than 6 inches above the knee
1844 – Gibb’s Hill lighthouse was constructed and is now the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world
1877 – Mark Twain visited Bermuda and said: “You can go to Heaven if you want to, I’ll stay here in Bermuda”!
1790 – the year Hamilton was made the capital city replacing historical St. George’s
1937 – the year King Edward VII Gold Cup was first presented. It is the oldest Match Racing Trophy in the world involved one design yachts!
Additional Fun Facts:
Other Alpari World Match Racing Tour events by numbers:
Stage 1: Match Race Germany:
Stage 2: Korea Match Cup:
Stage 3: Stena Match Cup Sweden:
Stage 4: Chicago Match Cup: