Sunseeker Australia will sponsor the return of the Australia Cup. The event will be run in Perth from the 26-29 of November after an 8 year break.
Though not currently a World Match Racing Tour event, the Sunseeker Australia Cup will give current tour leader, Torvar Mirsky and his team a nice home-game test before the final round – the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia.
Sunseeker Australia’s Troy Barbagallo sees the partnership as a perfect fit saying:
“As the leading luxury brand in the Australian marine market it is fitting that we support the leading match racing event in Australia. We are excited to be part of such a special event.”
Competing in Foundation 36 One Design yachts. The world’s who’s who of elite sailing will contest the Sunseeker Australia Cup including:
- Triple gold and silver Olympic medalist, Ben Ainslie from Great Britain.
- Perth Based current leader of the tour, Torvar Mirsky.
- Reigning double World Match Racing Tour champion, Ian Williams.
- 2nd ranked skipper, Adam Minoprio from New Zealand.
- 3rd ranked skipper Mathieu Richard from France.
Double World Champion skipper Ian Williams said it was fantastic to see the Sunseeker Australia Cup back on the match racing circuit.
“The Sunseeker Australia Cup has a proud history where some of the world’s greatest skippers and crew have won as a lead up to the America’s Cup. The event provides critical match racing practice against the world’s best skippers. Racing in Perth is always exciting, the weather, location and organising team always create a fantastic event and that is why the world’s best like coming back to Perth.”
Officially launching the Sunseeker Australia Cup and supporting partner for the event, City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said having the world’s best yacht racing right on the city’s doorstep will provide spectators with the opportunity to see a mini America’s Cup on Perth waters.
“We are incredibly excited to be part of this exciting event attracting the best skippers and their crew from around the world. Yet another event that places the City of Perth on the world stage of sailing!”
Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC) Vice Commodore, Mike Kilcullen said the Australia Cup was first held in January 1982 at RPYC to provide the best skippers from various countries the opportunity to build their match racing skills:
“The Sunseeker Australia Cup is a prestigious match race in the sport of sailing and we are proud to once again have the best of the best to return to Perth. The inaugural Australia Cup winner John Bertrand went on to win the 1983 America’s Cup in Newport, Rhode Island onboard Australia II, breaking the longest winning streak which was 132 years in sporting history. The Australia Cup was a vital step in this historic victory.”
Given the recent changes in ownership of the World Match Racing Tour, and 2 Perth sailors (Gilmour and Mirsky) in contention for the world ranking, it would not be surprising to see the Sunskeeker Australia Cup as an official World Match Racing Tour event in 2010.