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America’s Cup 101

The biggest event in the sport of sailing meets one of the world’s best sailing destinations. You won’t want to miss the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton, happening May 26 – June 27, 2017 in Bermuda.

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Since the first America’s Cup race was held in 1851 off the southern coast of England, the event has been hosted by only eight destinations in the world. For the first time, Bermuda will host the month-long event in May and June of this year. As part of an elite group of hosts, Bermuda offers an unmatched location enhanced by the island's natural beauty, maritime heritage and warm, welcoming culture.

Bermuda: The Ideal Island Setting

Royal Naval Dockyard

With rare pink-sand beaches, turquoise waters, world-class hotels, oceanfront golf courses, delicious local seafood and rich culture, it’s easy to fall in love with this award-winning destination. See Bermuda’s top 21 experiences or check out the island’s 40 greatest outdoor adventures.

The official America’s Cup Village has been built in the South Basin of the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, one of the island’s most popular hubs. This lively home base will welcome racing teams and spectators from around the world. The South Basin area will incorporate modern facilities for the teams and a first-ever "pit row" fan experience for the public. You can view the entire race-course from onshore, or enjoy on-the-water views from yachts, official spectator boats or even your own private vessel.

Bermuda offers an optimal Atlantic location and time zone. The island is easily accessible via direct flights from Boston, New York, Miami, Atlanta, London and other major cities. See more about getting to Bermuda.

All About Sailing

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Great weather, ideal sailing conditions and a long legacy of sailing are just some of the reasons Bermuda and America’s Cup are a match made in maritime heaven

A deep-rooted legacy of sailing is key to the island’s history. Bermuda was founded in 1609 by the surviving sailors of the shipwrecked Sea Venture, and sailing is how the island thrived. Bermudians invented the Bermuda rig, which is still used in 95% of all sailing yachts today. 

Over the years, the island has fostered strong ties with the U.S. and Europe as well as with the international sailing community. Seasoned sailors have either personally experienced or heard about Bermuda's natural advantages when it comes to sailing and boating. The island boasts near-perfect sailing conditions year-round, with a range of wind conditions that will test the world's best sailors and provide an intriguing design challenge for the teams. The temperate year-round climate is ideal for team training and hospitality.

The racing action will take place on Bermuda's Great Sound, a natural amphitheater dotted with islands and beaches. Here, steady ocean breezes mix with protected waters that are flat and fast, making it one of the best sailing venues on the planet.

America’s Cup: Events, Teams, Boats & More

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Official events begin in late May with 10 days of qualifying races followed by challenger playoffs and then challenger playoff finals. Mid-June welcomes superyacht regattas, J Class regattas and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Finals. The main event – the 35th America's Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton – takes place over six days beginning June 17. Check out the official event schedule.

Then get into the America’s Cup spirit by meeting the race teams and previewing the impressive new generation of racing boats you’ll see during the event. You can also learn about fascinating America's Cup history and facts and get the basics of sailing races so you know what to watch for.

Plan Your Trip

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