REPOST: 7 things to do on Bermuda – the beautiful island that plays host to sailing’s America’s Cup

On the map, Bermuda is just a tiny dot in the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean. However, this British Overseas Territory is more than just a piece of volcanic island. It is home to gorgeous pink-sand beaches, the headquarters of world-class offshore financial services companies, and currently the host of the 35th America’s Cup. Read Daily Mirror’s article below to know more about this stunning island:

 

Bermuda has plenty to offer (Photo: Getty)

Bermuda is two hours from New York and Miami, but proud of its status as a British Overseas Territory.

Discovered by the Spaniard Juan de Bermudez, it was taken over by Britain in the early 1700s.

It is often considered a Caribbean island and much of the population trace their ancestry back to the region, but it is situated more than 1,000 miles away.

Known for its pink sandy beaches, the temperature rarely drops below the mid-60s Fahrenheit (high teens Celsius), and never rises much above the mid-80s (early 30s Celsius).

Here’s how to make the most of it…

1. Watch the America’s Cup

Sir Ben Ainslie and his BAR team preparing in Bermuda for the America’s Cup (Photo: PA)

Named after America, the yacht that shocked Queen Victoria in 1851 by beating its confident British rival in a race around the Isle of Wight, the contest has never been won by Britain.

Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie aims to put that right, although first he must see off competition from Sweden, France, Japan and New Zealand in qualifying races for the right to race defending champions the US.

The catamarans rise up on foils and will speed along at over 50mph. Racing will take place in the Great Sound, as close as you can get to a natural amphitheatre for sailing, with spectators able to watch the America’s Cup not only from the water but all around the shore too.

2. Visit the beach

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There are plenty to choose from. Bermuda is made up of 181 islands formed by volcanoes in the middle of the Atlantic. Shaped like a fish hook, the main island is less than 21 square miles but has more than 60 miles of coastline.

Famed for its pink sand, there are more than enough golden beaches to go around too.

3. Play golf

It is said Mike Allen’s swing is a crime against golf, so there to investigate it at Port Royal Golf Club were two of Britain’s most loved TV detectives DCI Gene Hunt (Phil Glenister, left) and Inspector Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately, right)

With a population of just 60,000, Bermuda has six world class golf courses, each with breathtaking views. Among them is the fabulous Par 3 Turtle Hill course, attached to the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, which hosts the World Championship. Then there is Mid Ocean, one of the top 50 courses outside the US, according to Golf Digest, and simply stunning.

And try Port Royal , regarded as one of the best public courses in the world and a regular venue for the Grand Slam of Golf, with its spectacular Par 3 16th.

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Luxury sailing: The billion-dollar single sport event that is America’s Cup

Next month, the 35th edition of the America’s Cup yacht race will officially commence. It will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory in Northern Atlantic and a major offshore financial center. For decades, the event has been touted as an ultra-expensive sport experience both to compete in and to be a spectator of.  Participants spend millions on yachts and professionals teams; that means only a few challengers can afford to compete in each edition.

 

 

The 166-year-old contest is apparently putting things a notch higher by using hydrofoiling America’s Cup Class yachts for the 2017 edition, which are arguably the most advanced type of yacht in the world right now. More than the sleek design, the yachts were created to maximize aerodynamics, increasing their speed and performing powerfully even in rough waters. By reducing drag and engaging power, the hydrofoils are able to lift the hull out of the water and help it literally fly through the air. It is a technological feat in the world of sailing that has never been achieved before.

 

Revenues associated with the America’s Cup are massive. In the 1986-87 edition, for example, host Western Australia reportedly enjoyed more than $1 billion in overall economic gains. The quaint port city of Fremantle gained global attention and has easily become the region’s leisure hub since the event. The event is capable of generating thousands of associated jobs, millions in taxes, lucrative licensing deals with various media platforms, and hundreds of thousands of visitors.

 

 

What makes America’s Cup more than just a sailing event is its technological pedigree only a few other events could match. It is a magnet of magnates; a sport extravagance that is both a showcase of man’s innovative capabilities and an homage to its historic roots. To keep the event spectacular, Bermuda is spending $77 million as host. This includes a $15 million sponsorship fee, $25 million on infrastructure improvements and new facilities, and $12 million in event operating costs. The territory has also underwritten a $25-million guarantee against commercial sponsorship.

 

Current title holders are the Oracle Team USA and will be challenged by whoever would win the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup. The event has been preceded by the 2015–16 America’s Cup World Series.