Welcome to the final day of the 68th Argo Group Gold Cup, where Taylor Canfield is on the cusp of winning the King Edward VII Gold Cup for the second time with his USone Sailing Team. Canfield previously won the trophy in 2012, which began a string of four consecutive top four finishes.
Canfield leads Johnie Berntsson’s Swedish crew, 2-1, in the final. The firsts three flights of the final were held yesterday afternoon. Canfield won the first and third flights while Berntsson took the second. Berntsson himself is a two-time champion at the Gold Cup, having won in 2008 and ’14. He has raced the Gold Cup nine times since 2008 and also has two seconds and a third in that time frame.
Today’s weather is in stark contrast to the conditions enjoyed throughout the week. The passage of a frontal system has swung the breeze around to the northwest. Correspondingly, the strength has dropped to 5 to 10 knots from the 12-knot average during the first four days of racing.
First up in the schedule are Torvar Mirsky and Lucy Macgregor in the Petit Final. Mirsky won the first race yesterday afternoon to take a 1-0 lead in the first-to-two points match. Their first warning signal is scheduled for 1000 hours.
The Final won’t take to the water before 1130 hours. The winner will be the first to score three points.
Check back here on the website and the Argo Group Gold Cup Facebook page for regular updates throughout the day.