7 Reasons Bermuda & the America’s Cup are a Match Made in Sailing Heaven
Sailors have long loved the island for its exceptional sailing, great natural attractions and casual, cultured feel. It wasn’t surprising that Bermuda played the perfect host for the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton.
In May and June of 2017, Bermuda welcomed the world's top sailors and racing fans from around the globe to the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton. Top-ranked international athletes came to the island to compete in a spirited test of speed and skill. In the end, Emirates Team New Zealand sailed away with the coveted Auld Mug. Here are some reasons why Bermuda was the ideal host for this 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. See 10 reasons sailors love Bermuda.
2 We're an Island with Deep Sailing Roots
Bermuda and sailing go hand in hand. The island's first colonists were the survivors of the shipwrecked Sea Venture in 1609. 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
America's Cup racing took place on Bermuda's Great Sound, a natural stage bordered by trees and tiny islands. It was 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 2017 America's Cup, the island hosted such popular events as the Antigua Bermuda Race, the Viper North America Race and the Marion to Bermuda Race.
5 Bermuda is an Ideal Location for an International Event
The 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton was an international event that attracted teams and fans from all over the world. Bermuda is a culture-rich 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 was housed on Cross Island in the Royal Naval Dockyard, once the largest British naval base outside the United Kingdom. A manmade island, Cross Island extends out into the Great Sound and was built specifically for the 35th America's Cup.
7 We Offer a Rich Island Experience
With legendary pink-sand beaches, diverse opportunities for outdoor adventure, championship golf overlooking the ocean, delicious cuisine (especially seafood) and vibrant arts and entertainment, Bermuda has an alluring mix of nature and culture.