The pinnacle of international sailing, the America’s Cup has generated intense excitement – and fierce rivalries – for more than 160 years. Since that first race in 1851 off the southern coast of England, the America's Cup has been hosted by only eight destinations in the world.
Now, for the first time, this premiere event is taking place in Bermuda, an island founded on a legacy of sailing. As part of an elite group of hosts, Bermuda offers an unprecedented location for the event enhanced by the island's natural beauty, maritime heritage and culture of hospitality.
Official Event Schedule
Official events kick off in late May 2017 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, 2017.
The Ideal Setting
The drama unfolds in Bermuda’s Great Sound, where steady ocean breezes mix with protected waters that are flat and fast, making it one of the best sailing venues on the planet. This intimate natural amphitheatre will be set against a backdrop of crystal-blue waters and pink-sand beaches.
In the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, a new America's Cup Village will be a welcoming, lively home base for racing teams and spectators from around the world. The Dockyard's restored South Basin will incorporate state-of-the-art facilities for the teams as well as a first-ever "pit row" fan experience for the public. Onshore hospitality facilities will provide views of the entire race course in the Great Sound. On the water, spectators will have an unprecedented experience, with ample provision for large yachts and spectator vessels.
Seasoned sailors have either personally experienced or heard about Bermuda's natural advantages when it comes to sailing. Here are a few reasons why the island will make an ideal America's Cup host:
- Near-perfect sailing conditions, with a range of wind conditions that will test the world's best sailors and provide an intriguing design challenge for the teams
- A temperate year-round climate for team training and hospitality
- An optimal Atlantic location and time zone for visitors – Bermuda is a short flight, direct from Boston, New York, Miami, Atlanta and London
- Bermuda's strong ties with the U.S. and Europe, as well as the international sailing community
A Legacy of Sailing
Bermuda's sailing legacy is integral to the history of the island. 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. The America's Cup will be the next great chapter in the story of Bermuda.
Bermudians invented the Bermuda rig, which is still used in 95% of all sailing yachts today.
The island is excited to offer an unmatched America's Cup experience both on and off the water. With beautiful pink-sand beaches and turquoise waters, world-class resorts and hotels, championship golf courses, world-class cuisine and rich culture, visitors will discover many reasons to love Bermuda.