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The 35th America's Cup

 

Bermuda’s rich sailing history dates back over 400 years when the first settlers arrived by shipwreck in 1609. Two years later the settlers made their way to Jamestown, Virginia, their original destination, bringing much needed food and supplies, thus establishing Bermuda as an integral link to America’s survival in the early settlement days.

For the first time, The 35th America’s Cup will take place in Bermuda in 2017, continuing to fuel the island’s sailing legacy.  The drama will unfold in Bermuda’s Great Sound, a magnificent natural amphitheatre set amid a spectacular backdrop of islands and beaches. With a new race village to be built in the South Basin of the Royal Naval Dockyard, the island will offer an unmatched experience for sailing teams and spectators from around the world.

Bermuda was chosen as the home of the 35th America’s Cup for its temperate climate, near perfect year-round sailing conditions, optimal Atlantic location, time zone and strong sailing history

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Schedule


Schedule


Event Schedule

The jam-packed event schedule for the 35th America’s Cup begins on May 26th with the first of the round robin races for the Qualifiers to determine the Semi-Finalists for the knock out phase of the competition. The Challenger match racing series begins June 7th which will determine the official challenger to race against the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, in the fight to become the 35th winner of the oldest trophy in international sport, the America’s Cup. The finals begin Saturday June 17th with the first race starting at 2pm in the Great Sound.

In between all the high-speed action, the J Class Regatta will take place June 16th – 20th, 2017. This will provide a spectacular opportunity for spectators to watch the original America’s Cup sloops race against each other in a round robin series. The J Class yachts are an almighty sight with over 30 crew members crewing the 150ft sloops.

The future stars of the America’s Cup will be showcased with the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup scheduled for June 12th – 21st. Spectators will watch 16 teams under the age of 25 from 16 countries around the world vie for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Past winners include Peter Burling, the current helmsman for Team Emirates New Zealand, so expect truly exciting racing! The youth teams will race in the same AC45 catamarans that are currently used by the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

     America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and J Class Images montage

     America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and J Class Images montage

Race Schedule* 

 

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers May 26th - June 3rd

Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Playoffs June 4th - June 12th

America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton June 17th - June 27th

 

Additional EventS*:

 

America's Cup Superyacht Regatta June 13th - June 15th 

Red Bull Youth America's Cup races between the June 12th and June 21st

J Class Regatta races between the June 16th and June 20th

CLICK HERE  for a free event calendar including all key dates.

*Dates are subject to change, depending on weather conditions

 

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Flight Information


Flight Information


Travel Options

There are daily non-stop flights to Bermuda from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Airlines who have daily non-stop service to the island are Air Canada (Toronto Pearson International Airport), WestJet (Toronto Pearson International Airport), Jet Blue (New York City, JFK ), Delta (New York City (JFK), Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) & Boston (Logan International), American Airlines (New York City (JFK), Miami (Miami International), & Philadelphia (Philadelphia International Airport), United (Newark, New Jersey (Newark), and British Airways (London Gatwick).

Travel Places will look to offer the best available flights and prices for your travel to Bermuda.  Depending on the type of flight purchased, full payment may be required at the time of booking. If your fare is based on a group rate we would require a non-refundable deposit of 50% at the time of booking. In this instance, the final balance would be due around 6-8 weeks prior to departure.

Travel Places has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the travel industry and creates travel packages to meet the needs of travellers going overseas to major sporting events. We will be offering flight information for getting to Bermuda from all major destinations whilst also offering a range of accommodation options for individuals, groups and families looking to stay in Bermuda during the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

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History


History


Cup History

 

The America's Cup traces its roots to August 1851 when an upstart schooner named America sailed past the Royal Yacht to win the 100 Pound Cup in a race around England's Isle of Wight.  More than a simple boat race, this triumph of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) over the Royal Yacht Squadron symbolized a great victory for the new world over the old.

The trophy was renamed the America's Cup after the winning schooner and was donated to the NYYC under the terms of the Deed of Gift, which made it available for perpetual international competition.

The America's Cup, affectionately called "Auld Mug," is considered by many to be the most difficult trophy to win in the world of sports. Since the first race more than 160 years ago, only four nations have captured what is often called "the oldest trophy in international sport."  In fact before the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896, there had already been nine America's Cup contests.

The trophy remained with the New York Yacht Club until 1983, when the Royal Perth Yacht Club, represented by the yacht Australia II, prevailed, ending the long winning streak.

In 1987, the San Diego Yacht Club, represented by the challenger Stars & Stripes 87, brought the trophy back to the United States. In subsequent contests, the Cup has been won by New Zealand (1995, 2000) and Switzerland (2003, 2007). It returned to the USA in 2010 with the successful challenge by Golden Gate Yacht Club.

In 2013, Golden Gate Yacht Club staged a successful defence in a come-from-behind victory against the Royal New Zealand Yacht Club. ORACLE TEAM USA won eight races in a row to win the 34th America's Cup with nine points to New Zealand's eight, the longest match on record.

In 2017, in the Great Sound of Bermuda, Golden Gate Yacht Club will defend its trophy in the 35th America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton.

For more on the history and background of the America's Cup, please visit the America's Cup website

CUP FACTS

The winner of the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda will be awarded the oldest trophy in international sport, one that predates the modern Olympics by 45 years. The esteemed Cup, referred to as "she," has a story as intriguing as the race itself.

 

  • The America's Cup was crafted in 1848 by London-based Robert Garrard & Co, the royal jeweler since 1735. 
  • Originally known as the £100Cup, the trophy was mistakenly engraved as the 100 Guinea Cup by the America syndicate.
  • In 1851, the yacht America beat the British in a race around the Isle of Wight and henceforth the trophy became known as The America's Cup, after the winning yacht.
  • The Cup was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under the terms of the Deed of Gift, which made it available for perpetual international competition.
  • She is made of the highest quality sterling silver and is never touched by human hands, only agents wearing museum-quality white cotton gloves.
  • Once in 1852, the Cup was almost melted down into medallions for the members of the winning team.
  • In 1997 in New Zealand, a Maori activist attacked the trophy with a sledgehammer. She was repaired by Robert Garrard of London and now travels with 2 highly trained security protection agents.
  • The names of each of the 34 winning teams are engraved on the trophy, as well as the race course length, winning time and location, and yacht club.
  • The trophy originally stood 27 inches high, but to accommodate the growing list of winners, two bases have been added, increasing her height to 44 inches.
  • The trophy weighs approx. 32.4 lbs.
  • ORACLE RACING, winner of the 33rd America's Cup, replaced the trophy's simple wooden base with one made of the same carbon fiber as their yacht, USA 17.
  • When it is not being shown to the public, the Cup is kept in a non-disclosed location.
  • The America's Cup trophy travels around the world in a custom-designed Louis Vuitton case, which was made and presented to her for her 150th birthday.
  • She flies in business and/or first class wherever she goes and is enrolled in many frequent flyer programs.
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Race Villages


Race Villages


 Race Village

A new Race Village will be built in the South Basin of the Royal Naval Dockyard to offer an unmatched experience for sailing teams and spectators from around the world. The Race Village is the perfect spot to watch the dock out shows before the racing begins, and will have large viewing platforms to watch the racing live from land. There will be food and beverages for the general public, as well as merchandise for sale. The Race Village will surround the team bases and will provide an up close and personal view of the teams, boats and racing.