Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour will be delayed by one day © OnEdition / AWMRT
London, UK (16th Oct 2014): In a meeting yesterday, organisers of the Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, decided to delay the event schedule by one day to allow the approaching Hurricane Gonzalo to pass over Bermuda this weekend. Racing will be scheduled to start Wednesday morning Oct 22.
The Category 4 storm is now predicted to pass within 42 miles to the west of Bermuda tomorrow (Friday). Bermuda residents are preparing for the very high winds expected across the island. Because of the one-day delay to the start of racing, the remainder of the schedule will be compressed and organizers will take advantage of the fine weather predicted after the storm to make up time.
The winner of the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy takes home USD$50,000 of the USD$100,000 prize purse.
Argo Group Gold Cup Chairman Brian Billings said, "We have three areas of concern. First, will the island open for business in time after the storm passes. Second, has the fleet of IOD's come through the storm well so we have boats to sail. And third will the airport reopen quickly so the teams can get here on time. We will know the answers by Friday night or Saturday morning."
Hurricane Gonzola approaching Bermuda © MeteoGroup
James Pleasance, Executive Director of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, added “We fully respect the decision by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club to delay the event by a day. Current weather reports suggest the island will face very severe conditions over the next 24/48 hours and the safety of all those involved is the immediate priority. We hope the event will still be able to proceed next week.”
The Family Festival of Sail, the initial event of Argo Group Gold Cup Week , was originally scheduled for Sunday Oct 19 in Barr's Bay Park adjacent to RBYC. The festival will be rescheduled to October 26 and be part of the finals celebration.
Thirteen countries are represented in the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. The matches will be sailed with the same 20-team format used in 2013. This Argo Group Gold Cup format is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. It allows for two 10-team groups. Each group will sail a 10-team round-robin with the top four teams of each group advancing to the Quarter Finals.
The Official 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup Program can be downloaded in PDF format