The classic glamour of yachting and the intrepid spirit of sailors can only be combined in one storied event – and that is the America’s Cup race, being held this year in Bermuda’s Great Sound.
The world’s oldest continuously running sporting event is considered one of the world’s most challenging and prestigious races, so naturally playing host to this event crowns Bermuda as a world class destination for superyachts and sailing.
Culturally similar to its neighboring Caribbean islands but also steeped in the traditions of its British heritage, Bermuda’s selection as the home of the Cup was a simple and perhaps obvious choice. With 181 islands surrounded by crystal blue waters and the iconic pink sand beaches, Bermuda has been a popular destination for sailors of kinds throughout the centuries.
What’s more, the sheer natural beauty of the island make it perhaps the most stunning location the world’s oldest international sporting event has ever had, and its unique mystique as a haven for sailors, pirates, and anyone who wants to disappear from the real world for a while make it an ideal fit for a sporting event that celebrates the boldest and fastest men and women on the high seas.
As Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the America’s Cup said, “in Bermuda we have a perfect international venue…the sailing conditions are perfect. The race course on The Great Sound is a natural amphitheater with room for racing and spectators, and (it is situated) amid a spectacular backdrop of islands and beaches”.
Visiting Bermuda For The 2017 America’s Cup Race
At least one hundred superyachts will be visiting Bermuda during the America’s Cup race and the events surrounding it, introducing the greater yachting community to Bermudian hospitality and excellent sailing conditions.The island is just as fantastic for spectators as well, with many elegant hotels, high end dining, art galleries, and of course the famous pink sand beaches.
Some of the updates to Bermuda’s iconic Great Sound area include the redevelopment of the Royal Naval Stockyard into spectator village with shopping and entertainment options, a new Marina and fully renovated hotel at the Hamilton Princess Beach Club, significant updates to the airport, and the development of a seventy-seven berth venture at Morgan’s Point, and several new hotel developments (including the Michael Douglas property at Ariel Sands).
In addition to playing to America’s Cup in 2017, Bermuda (in partnership with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club) has a launched a comprehensive Learn to Sail program meant for spectators inspired by America’s Cup; meant for novice or intermediate sailors, this program allows budding sailors to discover the fun and excitement of open water sailing with the help of experienced professionals. What could be better than escaping to an island paradise and learning to explore the ocean waters on a yacht or seaworthy vessel of your choice during the day, and relaxing in elegant hotels and beachside retreats by night?
We won’t be surprised if hosting the America’s Cup race puts Bermuda on the map as the hottest destination in the Caribbean. The racing begins in Bermuda with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on May 26th, 2017, and the winner of the qualifying rounds will challenge the defending champions Oracle Team USA beginning on June 17th, 2017.
Article By: Jacqueline Zenn