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.
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!”
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