7 Reasons Bermuda & the America’s Cup are a Match Made in Sailing Heaven
Sailors love the island for its exceptional sailing, great natural attractions and casual yet cosmopolitan feel. See more reasons why Bermuda is an ideal host for the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton.
In May and June of 2017, the island welcomes the world's top sailors to the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton. The contest pitts top-ranked international athletes against each other in a good-spirited test of speed and skill. Here are some reasons why Bermuda is the ideal place to host the prestigious event.
1 Sailors Love it Here
Sailors come to Bermuda for the near-perfect sailing conditions, brilliant blue water, coral reefs and diverse marine life, not to mention the natural wonders on land. Plus, the island knows sailing. The iconic Bermuda sloop, with its raked masts and triangular sails, was invented here in the 17th century.
2 We're an Island with Deep Sailing Roots
Ever since its founding four centuries ago, Bermuda and sailing have gone hand in hand. The island was founded by the survivors of the shipwrecked Sea Venture in 1609 and Bermudians went on to invent the Bermuda rig, a configuration of mast and rigging that is still used on 95% of all sailing yachts today.
3 The Great Sound is the Ultimate Natural Amphitheatre
The America's Cup takes place on Bermuda's Great Sound, a natural stage bordered by trees and tiny islands. It's a stunning backdrop for the world's greatest sailing competition.
4 Bermuda Hosts Some of the World's Most Prestigious Boating Races
Boating history is made every year in Bermuda thanks to the wealth of sailing competitions attracting the world's best sailors. Leading up to the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton in 2017, the island will host such popular events as the Antigua Bermuda Race and the Viper North America Race.
5 Bermuda is an Ideal Location for an International Event
The 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton is an international event that will draw teams and fans from all over the globe. Bermuda is a cosmopolitan island that's welcoming and easy to access. The island is centrally located – it's just a two-hour nonstop flight from most U.S. East Coast cities and a seven-hour trip from London.
6 Bermuda's British Heritage Reflects The History of The America's Cup
While the America's Cup has developed into an international event, its roots are decidedly British – the original event took place between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England in the 1800s. As a British Commonwealth Overseas Territory, Bermuda still retains a good measure of British culture, with plenty of island soul mixed in. The America's Cup Village will be housed in the Royal Naval Dockyard, once the largest British naval base outside the United Kingdom.
7 The Island is the total package
With legendary pink-sand beaches, endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, championship golf overlooking the ocean, delicious cuisine (especially seafood) and an alluring island culture, Bermuda ranks among the world's top destinations.