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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.