In June, when Aarhus hosts this years’ international yacht race, the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy, it will be with royal attendance of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Both will be a part of the Danish team battling for the prestigious Silver Trophy against four great sailing nations.
The spindrift from the 49er World Championship has barely dried off before Aarhus Bay prepares for yet another eventful race. This summer the waters will be welcoming the “Prince Henrik Silver Trophy” who has chosen to exchange the scenery in Oeresund with the picturesque surroundings of Marselisborg situated in the heart of Aarhus. The event organisers Peter Warrer, Mark Flindt, Thomas Dresler and Philipp Skafte-Holm are all experienced Dragon sailors and they will join the Prince in Aarhus to participate in the cup hosted by Marselisborg Yacht Club and Sailing Aarhus.
Choosing Aarhus as host for the Cup seems apparent for several reasons. Not only is the city the royal couples’ favoured summer residence – in terms of skill and competition Aarhus is unique within the sport of sailing, too. The city is home to some of the greatest Danish sailing talents and has proved to be more than capable of staging international sailing events.
The Mayer of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard, has no doubts in his mind about the importance of this event for the city: “It is a great honour to welcome the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy to Aarhus. This is yet another international sailing event, which gives us the opportunity to display our skills and expertise as we are able to offer the sailors absolute world class race conditions. I am thrilled that His Royal Highness Prince Henrik and Crown Prince Frederik have chosen Aarhus of all cities for the race and by doing so they add glamour and prestige to both the cup and the city.”
Hence, all the energy has been put into making the race memorable and on behalf of the city, the Mayer will act as host at an opening reception at the city hall in June prior to the race.
The Elite Visits Aarhus
Although it is not the first time that the Prince and the Crown Prince set sail in Aarhus it is, however, the very first time that they do so in the name of the Silver Trophy as part of the Danish team from the Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY). The team will battle against the three clubs; Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron and Le Circle de la Voile d’Arcachon, who make the contestants for the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy.
In keeping with tradition the experienced crew from the four teams will race for the trophy donated by the Danish brewery Harboe and Mr. Lowell Chang, who founded the cup back in 1988 together with the his Highness Prince Henrik. Ever since, the cup has triumphed in the four countries who take turns in hosting the event. The purpose of the race is to promote sailing and strengthen the ties between sailors worldwide.
The contestants race in the classic and elegant Dragon which retained Olympic class status until 1972. Each club enters the race with a number of 9 sailors divided into three teams who race against each other. Perseverance abilities are joined by demands of cooperation and skill if the teams are to retain hope of winning the trophy. The final winner is found on the third and last day of the race.
Race of International Importance
With this race the organiser of the cup, Sailing Aarhus, sees the possibilities of displaying the city’s qualities and capabilities to become the host of great international sail events in the future and thus confirm/affirm its rightful place on the international scene.
Sailing Aarhus has just submitted a bid for the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championship. In light hereof, Aarhus’ great potential seems merely further strengthened by the visit of the Silver Cup according to director, Thomas Capitani: “To conduct international race events is one of our specialities,” Thomas Capitani says. “Our members are top professional, and to host a race for his Highness Prince Henrik and the Crown Prince, who are both skilled sailors, is not just an honour but also a strong signal to the international world of sailing that Aarhus is ready!”
Thus, all prerequisites for a successful edition of the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy are in place, and when the starting signal for Dragon race on Aarhus Bay sounds, it is with the likelihood of adding yet another job well done within the world of sailing.
- The 26th edition of the Prince Henrik Silver Trophy will take place in Aarhus from the 14th – 18th of June 2014
- The cup is conducted by KDY, Sailing Aarhus, Marselisborg Yacht Club and sponsored by Aarhus City, Marselisborg Harbour, Harboe Brewery, Paustian, Kaufmann and Zederkof.
- For more information, please contact Thomas Capitani; +45 20 40 84 42