It's been a busy start for the sailors

What a year it's been so far as the teams gear up for the greatest race on water...

October 2016 saw the end to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series events with Land Rover BAR taking the regatta and overall series win. But with little time to recuperate, the teams quickly got to work on preparing for the ultimate event - the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda.  We've seen a lot happen since the beginning of the year - here are the highlights so far:

Boat Launches

MAGIC BLUE

MAGIC BLUE

HIKARI

HIKARI

RITA

RITA

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GROUPAMA TEAM FRANCE

GROUPAMA TEAM FRANCE

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND

The Rules

One of the unique aspects of the America's Cup is that the winning team and respective yacht club become the trustees of the event and are therefore responsible for outlining the terms of the next edition.  This has previously led to last minute rule changes, teams being disbanded and expensive equipment being made redundant.

However, January saw five of the teams; Oracle Team USA, Land Rover BAR, Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan, sign a new framework agreement that determines the format of the next two editions; the 36th and 37th America's Cup.  This now allows teams to plan for the future, knowing how much it will cost, what kind of boat they need to build and that the rules won't change on them.  It is also hoped that this type of consistency will make it more accessible to sports fans around the world with the events taking place every two years and the belief that the new protocols will double team entries. 

Emirates Team New Zealand have yet to agree to the framework which could mean further changes if the team go on to win the trophy.  

Making the News

It's all in the legs?

Emirates Team New Zealand took the limelight last month as their most evident innovation to their new boat was revealed - a cycling grinding system as opposed to the traditional arm grinders.  Could this new source of power be a game changer and trophy winning move by the Kiwis?

A sigh of relief

Sailor Graeme Spence from Oracle Team USA was thrown overboard during a team practice session this February.  It was a close call as you can see from the photo where he narrowly misses the sharp foil. Luckily the sailor was unharmed and was soon back on board.

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The opening ceremony is unveiled!

Organisers of the 35th America's Cup have announced that racing will now start at 5pm on Friday, May 26th. Before the match kicks off, the opening ceremony will be held in the America's Cup Village where fans and guests can enjoy music, live performers, fireworks, Red Bull skydivers and some exciting entertainment.

The teams continue to train hard every day and prepare for their chance to win the America's Cup and there is still a chance for you to witness this moment. Take a look at our Bermuda packages which include tickets to watch the racing out on the water in our exclusive spectator boats.

Hotel of the month: Cambridge Beaches

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Escaping the everyday is easy to do at this tropical resort, surrounded by acres of lush gardens, endless ocean views and steeped in over 300 years of Bermudian history...

 

Location

Cambridge Beaches can be found at the West End of Bermuda, straddling the shores of Mangrove Bay and located near the Village of Somerset.  It takes a mere five minutes by car or boat to reach the Royal Naval Dockyard, making it a perfect location for spectators of the 35th America's Cup this May and June.

 

Style & Character

From the moment you arrive, you know you've discovered somewhere truly special. This hotel maintains a homely feel in that unique Bermudian style yet the combination of Bermuda stone, hard wood beams and the variety of antiques also encompasses the building's rich history which dates back to the 1600s.  Cambridge Beaches has a distinct layout, consisting of individual cottages scattered across the resort. This was the first property on the island to establish a cottage colony which has gone on to influence the design of many other popular resorts - it's this unique aspect that provides guests with space and privacy even when the resort is full. 

 

Service & Facilities

As an adult only resort, Cambridge Beaches provides guests with the perfect chance to escape everyday life.

You'll find plenty of things to keep you entertained but we highly recommend taking advantage of the resort's private beaches and secluded coves. These are waiting to be discovered by guests as their access points aren't always apparent, adding to the resort's charm and allure. They are ideal locations for spotting marine life, including turtles, and are perfect for those who enjoy exploring or sunbathing!

On-site amenities include:

  • 3 tennis courts
  • On-site spa
  • 3 restaurants
  • 1 outdoor pool
  • 1 indoor pool
  • 4 private beaches plus secluded coves and islands
  • On-site marina with rental access to all types of watercraft including jet skis, sail boats, kayaks and paddle boards

 

Rooms

The owners of Cambridge Beaches have worked hard to provide guests with a unique stay and this is reflected in their decor where each cottage is different in size, layout and colour palette. Cottages offer marble bathrooms and bath amenities, robes and slippers, 300 count bed linen, CD player and radio, flat screen TV, refrigerator, complimentary WiFi, private patio or terrace, coffee maker and toaster.   

 

Food & Drink

Cambridge Beaches offers some of the best food and drink on the island with it's restaurant Breezes rated #1 in Somerset Village and both Tamarisk and Shutters feature within the top 5.

Choose to eat fine dining cuisine inside by candle light or outside, under the stars at Tamarisk. The menu is inspired by multiple cultures and the attentive staff will go above and beyond to ensure your meal is a memorable experience. Breakfast is also served here.

If you long for dining al fresco by the ocean, Breezes is the place to go for both lunch and dinner.  Enjoy the fantastic setting of Long Bay Beach and a delicious Caribbean style menu plus a selection of specialty summer cocktails.

Or for those wanting to lounge by the infinity pool whilst enjoying the views of sailboats and shimmering water you can enjoy a casual dining option at Shutters.

 

Price

Book your official 35th America's Cup spectator package today and stay for 5 nights from $2,694* per person.  If you want to witness the spectacle of the 35th America's Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton select our 'Finals' package.  Prices for this start at $2,988* per person but hurry, as the excitement builds around the event these rooms are getting snapped up fast!


*Prices start at $2,694 per person based on two sharing a garden view room for five nights from May 25th - June 1st 2017. Prices for our Finals package start at $2,988 per person based on two sharing a garden view room for five nights from June 15th - June 20th 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest battle of the 35th America’s Cup is on the horizon

This month marked 100 days to go until the 35th America’s Cup arrives in Bermuda.  With the excitement mounting over this extraordinary sporting event we look at why you’re not going to want to miss the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers…

 

May 26th to June 3rd presents a thrilling experience for locals and those visiting the beautiful island of Bermuda.  Firstly it follows Bermuda Day (May 24th), the locals’ bank holiday which marks the beginning of summer on the island with many people celebrating by jumping into the sea for the first time since winter.  The streets will be lined with crowds who gather to watch the annual parade and road race as part of the day's celebrations that encompass the island’s culture and heritage; giving visitors a true taste of Bermuda.

 

Once the warmth of welcoming the summer to Bermuda has you promptly settled into island life, it will soon be time for the 35th America’s Cup to begin. The Premier of Bermuda, the Hon. Michael Dunkley, JP, MP tells us what this means for the country:    

 

“This truly is a historical and exciting time for Bermuda. It seems like only yesterday we announced to the world that Bermuda would be the home of the 35th America’s Cup. Now here we are, weeks away from hosting this incredible sporting spectacular – an event that has only been hosted in eight other locations during its history.  [It] offers us an unparalleled opportunity to shine on the world stage and demonstrate the innovation, ingenuity and warm hospitality for which we are known for. 
The competition promises to be exciting and dramatic with the world’s best sailors battling it out on 45-foot “flying” catamarans...it will truly be an event not to be missed!”
 

So what's in store for you as you make your way to Bermuda's Great Sound? You'll meet fellow supporters and rivals from around the globe as sailing fans gather at 2pm (Bermuda time) on May 26th to watch the very first match of the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Qualifiers. Until June 3rd all six teams, Oracle Team USA, Land Rover BAR, Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan, will battle it out against each other in a series of round robin races. Spectators are in for a dramatic treat as these determined sailors take to the Great Sound in their newly released boats and fight it out to be in with a chance of progressing to the next stage. This is the only part of the event where you’ll be able to see all of the teams in action, making it an unmissable stage for sailing fans around the world.   

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Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, the organising body for the 35th America's Cup, and five-time winner of the America's Cup, explains what spectators can expect from the event:

 

"For me, the 35th America’s Cup has the potential to be the best America’s Cup yet. We have the fastest boats in America’s Cup history, being raced by incredible athletes, the best sailors, racing America’s Cup Class boats on beautiful Bermuda's Great Sound. This is the perfect racecourse - flat, crystal clear, turquoise, warm waters with variable wind patterns that will present the teams with new challenges every day, all in a stadium style setting, surrounded by Bermuda’s stunning coastline. That is obviously at the center of what will take place from 26th May to 27th June, fantastic racing action in Bermuda that will captivate the world."

 

And what about the sailors? How will they feel as they finally reach the first day of racing?  Sir Russell says:

“…you go through months and years to prepare for the America’s Cup itself. You work as a team and also you set your own personal goals, and the feeling of excitement and determination is almost tangible as you head towards the first day of racing. Obviously as a sailor you want to win, that is the goal, to win each match… but every single day is important. It is all about dedication, determination, enthusiasm and belief.  [From your opponents] you want a good battle, you want a strong competitor, a crew and a boat that are going to push you, but obviously you also want to win!”

 

Ready to join us for all of the action? Don't miss the greatest race on water - book your Qualifiers Package here.  

 

Hotel of the Month: Coco Reef

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The hotel where sun, sea and sand are your top priorities for the day…

Location

Just 10 minutes from the city of Hamilton, Coco Reef is located on Bermuda’s South Shore in Paget. The Royal Naval Dockyard, where all of the sailing action takes place, is only 30 minutes away by road.  Visit the picturesque Elbow Beach which is next door and merely a few steps away.

 

Style and Character

Guests are often in awe of the award winning, design innovation of the magnificent lobby that welcomes you on arrival.  You’re surrounded by marble floors, chandeliers and dark woods.  A casual and calming atmosphere washes over you as you take in the beautiful surrounding gardens and a stunning private beach that just invites you to lay in the sun and relax.  

 

Service and Facilities

As you’ll find with a lot of Bermudian hotels, service is of upmost importance and this is certainly the case for Coco Reef. The staff are friendly and welcoming, ensuring your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

On site amenities include:

  • Beach Access
  • Ocean View and Beach Front rooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Complimentary Golf at Newstead Belmont Hill Golf Course
  • Tennis Courts
  • Hotel Bar
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Restaurant with outside dining

Rooms

Rooms are authentically Bermudian in style and offer all the home comforts of boutique style hotel. Guests benefit from air conditioning, coffee and/or tea Maker, free Wi-Fi access, hair dryer, mini fridge, private bathroom, telephone and television.  All rooms come with a superb view of the ocean.

 

Food and Drink

Enjoy your diner at the Spanish style restaurant, Café Coco where you're able to enjoy your picturesque surroundings by opting to dine outside if you wish.  Choose from an eclectic menu inspiring by world cuisine and dishes using local produce such as their signature fresh Bermuda Rockfish presented on a bed of crab risotto with a lobster velouté

At the time of writing the hotel is undergoing refurbishment, creating two separate restaurants - one inside and one solely focused on dining outside.

 

Price

Stay at Coco Reef hotel from only $1880 per person* when you book a 5 day Qualifier package

 

*based on two adults sharing

Bermuda - a great location for every traveller!

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Lonely Planet travel experts have named Bermuda as one of their top countries to visit this year and it’s not difficult to understand why. From the moment you arrive it feels as though you've found paradise and for a small island its surprising just how much this country has to offer. So here's our round up of why Bermuda is a great destination for every type of traveller: 

The Sport’s Fan

It’s impossible to talk about Bermuda this year and not mention the America’s Cup!  It is the biggest event the country has played host to and the buzz amongst the locals is palpable. The event starts at the end of May 2017 and runs for a month, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get up close to all of the sailing action and enjoy the competition for the oldest trophy in sport. 

There are endless activities to enjoy if you want to be more involved in sports.  One thing Bermuda is renowned for is golf. There are six world class courses to choose from, many complete with surrounding ocean views and each with their own challenges. 

For the fishing fans you’ll know the Atlantic Ocean is home to all sorts of catch, so why not jump on board a charter boat and join others in trying to hook an impressive prize!  

Of course there are plenty of water sports to keep you entertained from paddle boarding to kite surfacing to jet skiing and kayaking.  The clear water makes it a fantastic location for diving and swimming too. 

For those who love tennis, enjoy a stay at hotels such as the Fairmont, Cambridge Beaches, Elbow Beach, Newstead, The Reefs or Rosewood Tucker’s Point and you’ll be able to work up a competitive sweat, day or night.  

Luxury Lover

If you’re interested in the finer things in life, Bermuda is the place to be. Lili Bermuda is an elegant perfumery based in Bermuda’s oldest town, St George. Enjoy the art of perfumery with Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone at one of her seminars and customise your own indulgent scent that will forever remind you of this unique island.    

Almost all of Bermuda’s luxury hotels and resorts have in-house spa facilities and treatments and users can often enjoy the tranquillity with unique perks such as a private beach, garden surroundings, ocean views or a cabana by the pool. 

Sunbasker

Pink sand beaches and crystal clear water makes Bermuda a top destination for anyone who simply appreciates the beauty of basking in the sunshine within beautiful coastal surroundings.  And when you’re not at the beach, you’ll find a pool and sun loungers at most of the island’s hotels.  All you need to bring is a good book (although you can often find these at the hotels too!)

The Explorer

Measuring only 53.3 square kilometers, you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of things to explore during your stay.  The Crystal Caves are one of Bermuda’s biggest attractions. Discover this beautiful labyrinth under the ground and take in the awe inspiring formations thought to be millions of years old. 

See and learn about Bermuda’s wonderful and unique sea life and wild animals at the Aquarium and the Zoo. From harbour seals to flamingos to golden lion tameron monkeys and the oldest resident of the zoo, Oscar the Alligator - there is plenty to see and do. 

Bermuda's architecture is a unique blend of styles, from pastel stone cottages to 18th century forts you'll encounter many impressive buildings - check out the top 10 to look out for. 

One of the best ways to learn about Bermuda is by experiencing its local cuisine which has been influenced by multiple cultures of the years. We've put together our top pick of restaurants that will ensure your trip is full of flavour! 

Hotel of the month: Elbow Beach

Open your door and step out onto a private beach surrounded by an infinite view of the ocean...

Location

Not too far from the City of Hamilton and located in the centre of the island within Paget Parish. The hotel leads its guests to a long stretch of pink sand and turquoise ocean along Bermuda's south shore - perfect for lounging in the sun or participating in a range of local activities. There are great transport links to the Royal Naval Dockyard including a bus stop at the front of the hotel. 

Style and Character

Upon arrival you'll be greeted by a stately lobby comprising of dark marble floors and elegant decor, surrounded by 50 acres of pristine gardens and glorious views of the ocean. The grandeur of the main building teamed with it's contemporary guest rooms and relaxing surroundings make this the perfect beach break. 

Service and Facilities

The staff at Elbow Beach will go above and beyond to ensure their guests are happy and catered for. As well as private access on to the beach, guests can benefit from the following:

  • Free form swimming  pool with poolside cabanas
  • 5 tennis courts (3 lit for night time access)
  • 3 restaurants
  • Private and exclusive spa
  • Fully equipped fitness room
  • Free WiFi
  • Complimentary water and sodas
  • On site jogging trail
  • On site kayaking, canoeing, rowing and snorkeling with other activities close by
  • On site cycle shop where guests can rent mountain bikes, scooters and motor bikes to explore the rest of the island  

Rooms

The hotel comprises of 98 guest rooms and suites which offer generous amounts of space and amenities to allow for a comfortable and relaxing stay.  Within these sophisticated and 'beachy' rooms guests have access to comfy slippers and plush terry bathrobes, a Nespresso coffee machine,  high definition TV and audio system with i-pod docking station plus a private terrace.

Food and Drink

The resort boasts three restaurants:

Mickey's Beach Bistro - the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy a seafood dinner right on the beach. Great food and an awe inspiring view is why this restaurant has been voted the second best in Paget

Cafe Lido - if you're in the mood for a fine dining option this is the place to go.  We recommend booking as it is open to the public who enjoy the restaurant's Mediterranean inspired menu and superb wine options. 

Sea Breeze - best known for it's sushi and tapas that can be enjoyed on the restaurants open terrace complete with panoramic views of the beach.  We recommend enjoying the view with a cocktail from the bar!

Price

Prices start at $2212.50 per person* based on our 5 night Americas Cup Travel package which also includes airport transfers, tickets to watch the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers on board our exclusive spectator boats plus a free official America's Cup cap. 

 

 

*Based on two people sharing a Lanai Room at Elbow Beach as part of The Qualifiers Package (5 days).

 

     

Land Rover BAR ahead of the pack with win in Fukuoka

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Land Rover BAR are in pole position for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda after winning the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Fukuoka, Japan. But as the two days demonstrated, there’s still all to play for in the world of wildly unpredictable America’s Cup racing...

The weekend played host to the six teams - SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, Oracle Team USA, Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing who battled it out in a tense series of nail-biting races. As the series opened the first race was tightly contended with Emirates Team New Zealand making a promising start. 

Groupama Team France were left frustrated after picking-up penalties and defending champions Oracle Team USA enjoyed brief glimpses of victory. However it was Land Rover BAR who stamped their authority throughout sailing with controlled aggression and winning with one race to spare. In a dramatic final, they won the regatta in a tiebreak against Artemis Racing after executing an incredible final leg pass of Oracle Team USA.  

The win means Land Rover BAR enter the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers with two bonus points giving them an early advantage for the first set of round-robin races starting on 26th May 2017.

There are exciting times ahead for Ainslie’s team who now have the very real possibility of bringing home the oldest trophy in international sport for the first time in its 165 year history. But all could change as the countdown to Bermuda begins and teams spend the forthcoming months focusing on their boats, competitor scoping and race readiness.  

For many teams Christmas will be the last break that they’ll have before racing starts for the America's Cup. We wish the teams a well earned break and look forward to the excitement of Bermuda in 2017...

Hotel of the month: Royal Palms

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Royal Palms truly defines ‘getting away from it all’, immersing its guests in the luxury of a paradise island combined with a homely boutique hotel. 

Location

The hotel is well situated within easy walking distance of the city of Hamilton.  This also gives you easy access to the dock yard via public ferry, taking approximately 20 minutes.

Style and Character

Quaint and cosy rooms comprising traditional English décor sit within this charming, family owned hotel.  The hotel is made up of two coral coloured manor houses and white-roofed cottages and is completely surrounded by beautiful gardens.  Making you feel at home is the number one aim of the Royal Palm’s award winning service where nothing is too much for their guests.

Service and Facilities

We highly recommend unwinding in the serene gardens with a good book and a glass of wine but guests can also benefit from:

  • 2 restaurants including the award winning Ascots
  • Freshwater pool with loungers
  • Complimentary wine hour each evening in the hotel lounge
  • Complimentary gym passes to The Athletic Club, a short walking distance from Royal Palms
  • Free WiFi and hard wired internet available in each guest room
  • Wireless printing available for lap tops, iPhones, iPads, and handhelds with AirPrint and EPrint
  • DVD movie library

Rooms

Keeping in touch with its quaintness, the hotel has only 32 rooms, each individually and uniquely decorated.  The vast majority offer a mini kitchen (fridge, microwave, toaster, oven, bar sink) and all rooms offer modern amenities such as flat screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docking stations, bathrobes and toiletries.

Food and Drink

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Ascots known as the “best restaurant in town” and winner of several awards.  Herbs and fruits grown in the gardens of the hotel are used to compliment the “Progressive Continental Mediterranean” menu which consists of other locally sourced produce. And it’s not just about the food – the restaurant is also renown for it’s extensive and exquisite wine stock, housed within their own wine room which can also host small, private dinner parties of up to 14 people. 

Just 24 is the hotel’s more casual dining option offered to guests on the outdoor enclosed patio within a beautiful garden setting.  

Price

You can escape to the Royal Palms hotel as part of your exclusive America’s Cup package.  Prices start at $1880 per person*.   

6 Great Places for Live Music in Bermuda

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If you want to enjoy the full Bermudian experience when you visit the island you'll want to scout out the local live music. It's everywhere in Bermuda and so the BTA let us in on some of their favourite places...

 

1. SLEEK & STYLISH AT THE FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON
There are two great live music options at the Fairmont Southampton, an upscale resort on Bermuda's South Shore. Head to the open-air Dock at the Waterlot Inn to listen to local live music and take in a spectacular sunset. The Jasmine Lounge is as sleek and stylish as its name implies, offering expertly crafted cocktails and light desserts while live musicians provide a perfect late-night soundtrack.


2. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK AT THE PICKLED ONION
No matter what night of the week it is, you can find a party at the Pickled Onion, located on Hamilton’s popular nightlife destination, Front Street. Dance the night away with everything from classic rock tunes to deep reggae grooves and the latest club hits. 


3. THE BIG CHILL AT SEA BREEZE LOUNGE
When the sun goes down on Elbow Beach, get ready to chill. The Big Chill at Sea Breeze Lounge offers sushi, tapas and cocktails under the stars, with live vocals and instrumentals supplying some soulful and beach-appropriate sounds.


4. LATE-NIGHT MUSIC AT THE FROG & ONION PUB
A popular stop located in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, the Frog & Onion Pub is a great spot for late-night live music in a classic British pub atmosphere. Enjoy some English pub food and a cold beer brewed onsite at Dockyard Brewing Company, the island's only brewery. 


5. MUSICAL VARIETY AT THE REEFS RESORT & CLUB
The Reefs Resort & Club is always a dependable spot to catch some of Bermuda’s most skilled musicians in action – not to mention a great place to sip a delicious wine, beer or handcrafted cocktail. The music spans a variety of genres, including R&B, classical, top hits, Spanish guitar and club DJs.


6. DANCE MUSIC AT BERMUDA BISTRO AT THE BEACH
Located on Hamilton's Front Street, Bermuda Bistro at the Beach gets bumpin’ after dark with DJs spinning danceable tunes into the wee hours of the morning. Added bonus: Pub food is served until midnight, and it's also a great place to catch a sporting event.

We're also expecting America's Cup to announce a live music programme any day now which will add to the fantastic atmosphere and Bermudian experience of the 35th America's Cup. 

Hotel of the month: The Reefs

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Perched above the pink sands of one of Bermuda’s most beautiful private beaches, The Reefs is undoubtedly a hidden gem. 

A family run hotel that has been in operation since 1947, the resort is famous for its award winning service and stunning views.

Location

Located within easy access to both the Dockyard area (20 minutes by car) and the Great Sound where the racing will take place we think that The Reefs is a great option for America’s Cup fans looking to come to Bermuda next year.

Style and Character

This hotel is all about incorporating boutique sophistication and coastal style to create an intimate and luxurious experience for its guests. 

Service and Facilities

For those who truly want to lay back, relax and let the resort fully entertain them, guests can benefit from:

  • Spa -La Serena is one of the top ranked spas in Bermuda and is extremely popular with locals 
  • A secluded pink-sand beach
  • Freshwater infinity swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Complimentary water sports equipment
  • Two all-weather tennis courts with complimentary equipment
  • Fitness center
  • 4 x restaurants

Rooms

The Reefs has 84 rooms, many of which have been recently refurbished, each room features a balcony or patio (all of which have views of Bermuda’s spectacular sunsets), large renovated bathrooms, working desks and sleeper sofa’s.

Food and Drink

The hotel also has 3 restaurants, Ocean View and Aqua Terra as well as Coconuts.

Start your morning with breakfast at the Ocean View, set stop limestone rugged rocks and equipped with panoramic views of the ocean through curved walls of windows.  

Experience New World Cuisine in Aqua Terra which offers a fresh take on island classics that you won't find anywhere else. 

One of our personal favourites is Coconuts, a wonderful restaurant that is located down by the beach and is perfect if you're in the mood for a laid back and relaxed dinner. 

Price

America's Cup Packages at the Reefs Resort and Club start from $2,626 per person for five nights.*

One of the best features of The Reefs is the hotel’s service, everyone will know your name by the end of your stay and the staff go above and beyond to make sure that you have the best experience possible.  A look at the hotel’s trip advisor page will tell you all you need to know about the level of service and what their customers think.

So to sum up, if you're after guarenteed views and a top rate service, The Reefs is the place to go and it will leave you wanting to return time and time again. 

Fancy staying here? Book your America's Cup Travel Package here. 

 

*Prices based on the America's Cup Travel Qualifiers Package with two sharing a room

David 'Freddie' Carr - My World Series Highlights

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As we approach the last Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Event we asked Land Rover BAR's, David 'Freddie' Carr for his top highlights of the season so far.

In at number five

There are certainly some strong contenders for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series highlights but I'd have to start with New York City. To see the sailing in that urban environment made for some spectacular images. Land Rover BAR didn’t do that well in terms of racing - we didn't sail too cleanly and we finished 5th overall. But racing in such an iconic city was something I never thought I'd see or do. It was a highlight not just for myself and the team but I think for everyone involved in the event. 

Fourth

I would have to say my forth highlight would be the very first World Series Event. We met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and I realised at that point, even though it was just the first event, just how big this America's Cup World Series was going to become. I could sense the kind of swell and momentum that was already behind it and we were so excited that we were going to be in the mix! To take the sport of sailing to a new level in terms of spectator enjoyment was huge and of course we also won on this occasion - what more could you ask for?

Third place goes to...

Third highlight for me was winning in Oman. A lot of us within Land Rover BAR have worked for Oman Sail and it meant a lot to win in a place where we have spent a lot of our professional sailing careers. To win in a regatta where we didn’t sail that well and we had to sail through the fleet where we came back to take top spot was a great achievement and it showed just how unpredictable this sport can be!

Second

The final race in Chicago takes second place for me. Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing all crossed the finish line with only a second and a half between us.  Luckily we nailed the last shift in to jump from forth to second place in that race, boosting us from forth to second place overall. A classic moment that shows just how close these races get. The crowds in Chicago were also on great form.  

Top Highlight

My number one highlight to date has to be crossing the finish line to win in Portsmouth this July. With a record crowd of 150,000 people and just hearing them cheer when we crossed the line isn’t something I ever thought I would experience in sailing - to see the amount of home support that we had was just mind blowing!

Land Rover BAR currently sit top of the overall leader board and are looking to grab those vital 2 points heading into Bermuda next May.  But with so many strong challengers who knows what to expect from this month's final Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Event in Fukuoka.   

For live updates on the event which starts on the 18th November, visit americascup.com

 

Why Bermuda Is the Perfect Host

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With the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton getting closer, the Bermuda Tourist Association tell us why Bermuda is the perfect choice to host the big event this coming May...

1. We've got deep sailing roots.

Ever since its founding four centuries ago, Bermuda and sailing have gone hand in hand. After all, Bermudians invented the Bermuda rig, which is still in use on 95 percent of all sailing yachts to this day.

2. The Great Sound is the ultimate natural amphitheater.

The race takes place on Bermuda's Great Sound, a superb stage with crystal blue waters and pink-sand beaches that creates a stunning backdrop for the world's greatest sailing competition.

3. Sailors love it here.

Don't believe it? Here are ten reasons why Bermuda is a sailing paradise.

4. We're in an ideal location for an international sporting event.

The America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton is a truly international event, with teams and fans coming from all over the globe. Bermuda is centrally located: just a two-hour nonstop flight from the US east coast and only seven hours from London.

5. The island hosts some of the world's most prestigious sailing races

Sailing history is made every year in Bermuda, thanks to the wealth of sailing competitions that bring the world's best sailors to these shores. Leading up to the 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton in 2017, the island will host such popular events as the Argo Gold Cup (October 2016) and the Viper North America Race (November 14-19, 2016). Check out a full sailing calendar. 

6. Bermuda's British charm lines up just right with the history of the America's Cup.

While the America's Cup has developed into an international event, its roots are definitely British - the original event took place between the Isle of Wight and the south coast of England. As a British Commonwealth Overseas Territory, Bermuda still retains a good measure of British charm - with plenty of island soul mixed in.

7. The island offers more than enough "proper fun."

Let's face it - Bermuda is a dream destination. There are those legendary beaches. There are delicious island flavours. There are endless outdoor adventures. There are more pro golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. And Bermudians are the most welcoming souls you'll find anywhere. Warning: you may not want to leave.  

8. We know how to throw a party.

A great event deserves a great celebration. The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series last year was accompanied by the very fun Our Bermuda Festival plus the infectious rhythms of the America's Cup Jam, featuring Shaggy and Maxi Priest.  The 35th America's Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton in 2017 will be an island-wide party … so why not join the fun? Find out how you can join us in Bermuda here.

Hotel of the Month - Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

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Having recently undergone a $100 million restoration, the “Pink Palace” has returned to its original grandeur complete with modern accommodation and stunning views over Hamilton Harbour.

Location

Pembroke Parish, just outside of Hamilton, Bermuda.  The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the shopping, dining, and nightlife of downtown Hamilton and only 14 minutes from the Bermuda National Gallery.

Style and Character

The hotel’s classic pink exterior stands in sharp contrast to the minimalist columned lobby, where soaring white walls appointed with works by artists from Andy Warhol to Tom Wesselmann give the space the feel of an airy modern art gallery.  An array of popular art pieces are scattered among installations by local artists through corridors and open common spaces.

Service and Facilities

The official home of the 35th America’s Cup, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is both a house of luxury and entertainment.  A water sports facility allows guests to tour the island on Jet Ski tours, pontoon rentals, Boston whaler boat rentals, kayaks, Hobie cats, paddle boards, private boat charters, and snorkeling tours.

The exclusive Princess Beach Club is just a short ride from the hotel by private jitney where it is located on the South Shore along a sheltered turquoise swimming cove that meets a crescent-shaped stretch of soft white-sand shoreline.

If you want to visit Bermuda by boat, the hotel has reinvented its marina housing up to 60 berths, ranging in size to accommodate vessels, tournament fishing boats and super yachts.

  • Infinity pool
  • Spa & Pool
  • Gym
  • Exclusive Beach Club
  • Water sports
  • Marina
  • 4 Restaurants
  • WiFi

Rooms

The hotel comprises of a 400 guest rooms, 45 suites and 13 junior suites.  Guest Rooms are beautifully appointed with stately wooden furniture, marble bathrooms and sophisticated interior design.  Opt for one of their suites for the best balcony views, indulgent living spaces and designer details. 

Food and Drink

Choose from four culinary venues during your stay, three of which are new venues and include Bermuda’s first and only celebrity-helmed restaurant, Marcus’. The open air venue is led by internationally-acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson and hosts a colorful subway-tiled 30-seat bar lined with teal high-backed stools, surrounded by mid-century wood tables, leather banquettes and a private dining alcove decorated with Warhol's work.  The menu celebrates Bermuda's vibrant flavours, freshly-caught fish, and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

The new 1609 Bar & Restaurant, a harbour-side cocktail bar and grill situated on the hotel’s new marina  is an open-air dining structure that offers a laid-back social atmosphere and a menu that includes charcuterie and flatbread pizza as well as classic Bermudian cocktails such as the Rum Swizzle and Dark & Stormy. stunning waterfront views from every vantage point

With a design that beautifully reflects Bermuda’s rich colonial history, Crown & Anchor is an informal dining option. Historic maritime paintings and handsome hardwood tables are among the details that make Crown & Anchor an immersive experience for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.

Price

America's Cup 5 night packages at the Hamilton Princess start from $2,790 per person*. 

Find out more about America's Cup Packages here.

 

*based on two people sharing a double room

Land Rover BAR Maintain Overall Lead

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We were in for some interesting racing conditions as inconsistent and light winds threatened some of the race schedule at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon.  But the crowds were lucky enough to witness the full show whilst basking under the Mediterranean sun, surrounded by beautiful, mountainous scenery. 

Day 1 of racing came down to tactics rather than speed due to the light and “flaky” breeze which ended with a tie on points between Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR.  The day demonstrated the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the America’s Cup with Land Rover BAR jumping from last place to first in the space of two races.  The stars of the day though were Artemis Racing who dominated with two first places and a third. 

Day 2 saw Nathan Outteridge’s Olympic skills at play once more as Artemis Racing took first place in the first race of the day and Soft Bank Team Japan took second – an improvement on the poor performance from Day 1.

The second race of the day saw Land Rover BAR storm to the front of the race.  By the time they came to cross the finish line, their lead gap was so big (1min 51) that they passed the rest of the fleet who were still trying to complete the 4th leg. Home team, Groupama Team France took second place.

In the final race, despite a good performance from Groupama Team France, Dean Barker of Soft Bank Japan took first place which earnt them second place in the regatta.

Artemis Racing’s fantastic performance resulted in three race wins out six and sealed their regatta victory in the Bay of Toulon. However, Land Rover BAR’s 4th position of the final race secured their place at the top of the overall standings where they’ve now taken the America’s Cup World Series lead by 14 points.

The Final Show Down

There is only one America’s Cup World Series to go and we’re off to Fukuoka, Japan for Asia’s first hosting of an America’s Cup race within the sport’s 165 year history.  The city will be buzzing with excited crowds and nail biting fans as the teams battle it out one last time - the winner of which will take a two point lead into the double round robin Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda in May 2017. The team finishing second will take one point which could play to their advantage in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.  Take a look at the racing schedule here.

Do you want be a part of history? Join us in Bermuda next year to watch the best sailors battle it out for the 35th America’s Cup.  We can help organise your trip and because we know how important it is to get the best racing views, our exclusive accommodation packages include official on the water spectator tickets - so you won’t miss a thing.  Find out more here.

From Portsmouth to Toulon

With the next stage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series just around the corner, we take a look back at some of the highlights from Portsmouth and look forward to Toulon

Portsmouth was a spectacular event by all means, with the unpredictable British weather on its best behaviour and over 130,000 spectators who flocked to this historic naval city for the best view of the sailing action.  There were some royal visitors too including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Official Race day 1

The teams would have preferred more than the 7 knots of breeze, but still we saw some great racing. The first race of the day saw three teams incur penalties but Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France got away well.  Despite the fact their boat needed some maintenance the night before, the French sailors oozed confidence as they took the lead with ease. Groupama Team France won the race with a 1 minute 38 second gap to second place, Oracle Team USA.

Race 2 saw Land Rover BAR showed their knowledge on home waters to take the lead, flying past the fleet and managing to stay out of trouble at the second mark. Light winds and a strong current caused the other teams to struggle and fight for positions and the home fans were thrilled as they flew across the finish line, taking the race win.

Race 3 saw Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France get away without penalties and by the second gate, the two boats were split only by SoftBank Team Japan.  It was cat and mouse for a while between both teams but yet again Sir Ben Ainslie’s clever tactics saw Land Rover BAR take the win.

Official Race day 2 - Super Sunday

A big day with double points on offer and excellent foiling conditions on the water. Land Rover BAR started at the top of the first day leader board and their confidence saw them take the lead at the start of the Race 1.  As the other teams flew down wind at 22 knots to catch them up, it quickly turned into a two boat duel but Land Rover BAR were victorious in crossing the finish line first as their lead was never fully challenged.

Race 2 proved testing but Oracle Team USA took the lead early on.  We saw some great sailing from Emirates Team New Zealand and SoftBank Team Japan, but it was Land Rover BAR who managed to get a smoother run on the foils and started closing down Oracle Team USA. The Americans got the best out of the wind though and they took their first victory of the weekend.    

The final race saw Oracle Team USA take the lead once again, with Land Rover BAR as a strong challenger and SoftBank Team Japan doing their best to close the gap.  Although Oracle Team USA were first over the line, Land Rover BAR took the win of the weekend and also celebrated being top of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leader board.

Toulon

There has been a lot of buzz since the America's Cup World Series Portsmouth event.  The 2016 Olympic Games saw a wealth of medals claimed by America’s Cup sailors.  Gold medals went to Land Rover BAR’s Giles Scott and Emirates Team New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.  Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen of Artemis Racing took silver as did SoftBank Team Japan’s Jason Waterhouse.  As the competitors return to their teams, bringing them back up to full strength once more, they will no doubt boost team moral and confidence too.

In the run up to Toulon, social media has been alive with videos, pictures and news of the sailors’ preparations.  SoftBank Team Japan made the big announcement that they’d cracked the foiling tack earlier in the year whilst training in Bermuda.  This manoeuvre, regarded as the “Holy Grail” of the America’s Cup, could be a real game changer for the team as it greatly reduces the time deficit incurred by slowing down to change tack.  Soon after the announcement, Oracle Team USA claimed they’d also achieved the same success in training.

Staying up on the foils provides the sailors with a huge speed advantage and so Toulon will be an interesting battle ground for those who can perform this manoeuvre under racing conditions.  The pressure is also on for Land Rover BAR – can they maintain their position at the top of the leader board or will Emirates Team New Zealand close the gap? 

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with all things sailing and what’s happening in Bermuda as we head towards the America's Cup finals in 2017!

Food & Drink Hot-Spots in Bermuda!

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When it comes to food and drink, Bermuda is a haven of choice! As a total melting pot of cultures, it benefits from the many spices each nationality has brought along over the last 400 or so years. International Business is a dominant industry in Bermuda and so the level of restaurants on the island are extremely diverse, ranging from high end, white table cloth to outdoor fish shacks. On only 21 square miles it’s easy to find everything to satisfy any craving you may have but here are a few of our top picks:


Best Sushi: $$$

Pearl – 87 Front Street, Hamilton.

Pearl is a welcome addition to Bermuda's Sushi scene. Located above Port O' Call Restaurant on Front Street, Pearl enjoys the privilege of a balcony with stunning views over Hamilton Harbour. The chefs strive to use the freshest fish available, local tuna or yellowtail, and create innovative rolls using such ingredients as truffle and yuzu.

Tel: 441-295-9343

Email: pearl@yellowfin.bm

 
Best Fish Sandwich
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Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey -  9 St. Monica's Road, Hamilton.

Hand’s down Art Mel’s Spicy Dicey serves the best fish sandwich in the world. Don’t believe me? Check Trip Advisor! This tiny fish shack tucked away in a residential neighbourhood is certainly worth the trek. The sandwich is the size of your head, and is perfect for sharing!  If you wish to try it “true Bermudian” style, order it on raisin bread, with coleslaw, cheese and hot sauce.  All Bermudians agree it is the best!

 
Best White Glove Service (Or Steak House): $$$$

Waterlot Inn, Fairmont Southampton Hotel

Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Gracefully nestled dockside on Jew's Bay, the Waterlot Inn offers breathtaking sunsets and proudly boasts both AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Awards. Serving the finest steaks and chops, this classic dining room has introduced a newly updated and inspired menu that spans time-honored signature specialities and incorporates bold new flavors.  Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and award-winning service surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of The Waterlot Inn.

Tel: 441-238-8000

Email: southampton@fairmont.com

 
Best “Toes in the sand” Experience: $$$

Mickey's Beach Bistro – Elbow Beach Bermuda

The sand and surf are just feet away at this unique beach restaurant of the Elbow Beach Bermuda resort, serving bistro menus in a casual environment. Open seasonally, it is the only restaurant in Bermuda where you can dine with your toes in the super fine pink sand. With salads, burgers, sandwiches and fresh fish on the menu, it’s sure to delight all ages. Great for families to allow the children to play between courses!

Tel: 441-236-9107

Email: info@lido.bm

 

Best Innovative Menu: $$$

Bolero Brasserie - 95 Front Street

Just off Front Street down Bermuda House Lane, Bolero opened in March 2007 and is owned and operated by British chef, Jonny Roberts. Enjoy contemporary European cuisine on the porch or inside the dining room, which is adorned with gilt-framed mirrors and local art. Here you'll experience the "buzz" of a casual but classy Parisian brasserie. Menu changes weekly with offerings such as escargot, foie gras and lambs tongue with a “twist”.  Certainly not to be missed!

Tel: 441-292-4507

 
Newest “Hot Spot”: $$$

Marcus’ - Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

An unparalleled epicurean experience awaits at the newest culinary hotspot from internationally acclaimed chef, Marcus Samuelsson.  Marcus’ celebrates the best of Bermuda with vibrant flavours, warm hospitality and the freshest seasonal ingredients. Marcus Samuelsson presents a colourful menu where signature specialities are artfully prepared on the wood-burning grill in the open kitchen, infusing the perfect blend of local flavours into world-class dining.

Tel: 441-295-3000

 
Best “Pub” Fare: $

Frog ‘n’ Onion Pub – Royal Naval Dockyard, Sandys

The Frog & Onion Pub was created and opened in 1992 by a Bermudian (the Onion) and a Frenchman (the Frog) and is Bermuda's most unique Pub. Housed in the mid 18th century Cooperage in the historic Royal Naval Dockyard, it is only a leisurely walk from King's and Heritage Wharfs and the ferry dock. Serving traditional fare such as “bangers’n’mash” and “fish’n’chips” it certainly lives up to the island's British heritage!

Tel:  441-234-2900

 

BEST COFFEE SHOP: $$

DEVILS ISLE - 19 BURNABY STREET, HAMILTON

Likened to something you might find in New York or San Francisco, this trendy place serves some of the best coffee in Bermuda.  But it's not just the coffee that we love - Devils Isle serve a range of delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with quality and locally sourced food at the heart of their philosophy. 

Tel: 441-292-3284

Email: requests@devilsislecoffee.bm

Want more options? Click here for our Mini food & Drink guide!

Top 10 Things To Do in Bermuda

For a small island, there is so much to do in Bermuda! From land to sea and with Bermuda’s diverse culture and history, you’ll be able to find something that speaks uniquely to you where you can create your own “Bermuda Experience”.  To get you started though, here are some of our top picks for things to do:

1. Nicknamed the Shipwreck Capital of the World, Bermuda is home to over 300 shipwrecks waiting for you to explore.  Multiple dive shops are located all over the island and they can arrange a full day dive so you can explore what these amazing shipwrecks have to offer.

2. Snorkelling in Bermuda is uniquely perfect. You get crystal clear waters of the Atlantic, stunningly beautiful coral reefs, numerous shipwrecks in shallow waters, submerged caves and breathtakingly beautiful marine life. Parrot fish are known to swim close to shore and these magical and colourful fish are a sight to see.

3. Either by jet ski, kayak, or stand up paddle board, explore the many coves, inlets and protected bays Bermuda has to offer.  See fish, turtles and long-tails (a native bird to the island) in their natural habitat.

4. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean is home to many species including grouper, rockfish, snapper, tuna, dolphin fish and more. Charter boats make daily full or half-day trips to the banks where fishermen can indulge in deep sea fishing, trying to hook the big ones in the wahoo and tuna family.

5. Home to the most golf courses per square mile in the world, Bermuda golf courses offer spectacular ocean views and lush green expanses that you will rarely find anywhere in the world.

6. Learn the art of perfumery and create your own customized scent with Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone at Stewart Hall in St. George's.  In the charming confines of Bermuda's oldest town, immerse yourself in the history of perfume from Ancient Greece to contemporary Madison Avenue. Isabelle's intimate seminars, of no more than five people at a time, are built around spirited discussions and full interactive participation. Try your hand at the various families of scent and their respective olfactory pyramid, educate yourself on natural essential oils and specialty aroma molecules. In less than four hours you'll have the knowledge to dazzle friends and family with your command of the art of perfumery.

7. Learn about the rich history of Bermuda, local traditions, and the story behind Gosling’s Rum, Bermuda’s oldest business, on a private rum tasting tour. .  A ‘rumologist’ will introduce you to a local liqueur and three award-winning rums as well as let you sample local rum cake made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Watch as they prepare Bermuda’s national drink, the DARK ‘N STORMY®, and discover the true secrets of the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.

8. Located in Hamilton Parish Bermuda, Crystal Caves is one of the largest and most famous caves on the island. It is about 36 meters (120 feet) below the ground level. With its dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which are crystal-like pointed structures naturally formed out of limestone rocks, the views are stunning. There is a lake called the Cahow Lake within the caves complex and it has crystal clear water, and you can walk over a pontoon bridge that goes across the lake. The lake has a depth of 17 meters (55 feet).

9. The Town of St. George is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the oldest English-speaking colonial town still in existence. It is home to a plethora of cultural experiences.  Take a walking tour and wander narrow streets with names such as Old Maid’s Lane, Printer’s Alley and Featherbed Alley.  Visit one of the many museums such as the World Heritage Centre, St. George’s Historical Society Museum, Bermuda National Trust Museum, Bermudian Heritage Museum, and St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in the Western Hemisphere Fluster.

10. Experience Bermuda on Horseback. You can ride all throughout the year in Bermuda along the beaches, the old railway trails or through the lush hilly landscapes.  Choose to be part of group or book in private.

Of course a lot of these activities are combined with trips to Bermuda's beautiful beaches.  Enjoy the contrast of the pink sand and turquoise water between the shoreline and outlying reefs, and the dark blue of the ocean beyond the reefs and land.

2017 Fast Approaching

 

Preparations are in full swing in Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, now just over one week away.

Here's our "Quick Guide" to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Bermuda

Following the passage of Hurricane Joaquin on Sunday night, the cargo ship carrying 43 containers of America's Cup 'material' arrived on Monday evening, including the television production truck and the TV helicopter.

Two sailing teams are in Bermuda to train on Hamilton Harbour this week, with Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan entered in the Argo Gold Cup match racing event.

ORACLE TEAM USA is planning to sail its test boat - the AC45S - over the next several days before switching into race mode.

Meanwhile, Land Rover BAR has just launched its new test boat, dubbed "T2" from its home base in Portsmouth.

Organizers are working at full pace to prepare the Event Village along Front Street, along with getting organized for the on-water race programme.

The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series is coming to Bermuda... just over a week to go!