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The Bermuda Gold Cup Women's Match Race Championship Begins This Weekend


For the first time in its 54-year history, the Bermuda Gold Cup will include an International Sailing Federation (ISAF) graded women's match racing competition. The Bermuda Gold Cup Women's Match Race Championship will be contested October 12-15 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) and will serve as a unique, eight-team series leading to the Bermuda Gold Cup, to be held October 12-20 as the fourth event on Swedish Match Tour 2002/3.

"We are pleased to offer female sailors the opportunity to compete in Bermuda at one of the premier match racing events in the world," said RBYC Commodore Les Crane. The Bermuda Gold Cup Women's Match Race Championship will offer a prize purse of $15,000. Additionally, the sailors will be competing for the 4th Cruiser Squadron Bowl, an ornate Edwardian silver bowl originally presented to the RBYC in 1908 by the Rear Admiral and Officers of the 4th Cruiser Squadron, H.M. Ships Euryalus, Hogue and Cressy. The winner and runner-up will advance to the Bermuda Gold Cup, an ISAF grade 1 match race event, which begins its championship round on Wednesday, October 17.

The Bermuda Gold Cup Women's Match Race Championship and Bermuda Gold Cup will be raced in 33-foot International One Design sloops on short windward-leeward courses inside Hamilton Harbour. The boats will fight around tight courses that take contestants up to the bows of cruise ships moored along the city's edge and within meters of large crowds that traditionally gather shoreside for this event.

The winners of the Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup (May 29-June 1, 2002 in Annapolis, Md.) and the Swedish Match Women's Cup (July 1-7, 2002, in Marstrand, Sweden) will be offered entry into the Bermuda Gold Cup Women's Match Race Championship.

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