America’s Cup Bermuda 2017
26th May 2017 - 27th Jun 2017
As the action hots up in the run up to the grand finale of the 2017 35th America’s Cup, Camper & Nicholsons brings clients the ultimate opportunity to watch this spectacle close up.
The host of the America’s Cup 2017, Bermuda, is a group of 181 islands that covers 21 square miles. Renowned for crystal blue waters and beautiful pink sand beaches, Bermuda’s Great Sound will form a natural amphitheatre for the race course while the planned America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard, will be at the heart of the America’s Cup experience. Both the 58m (190’3) Illusion V and the 46.9m (154’2) Rhino are available to charter during the lead up to the final, including the Challenger Playoffs.
The America’s Cup is a global event featuring high tech catamarans capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots. Competition is as fierce today as it was in 1851 when an American syndicate was invited to compete in the Royal Yacht Squadron’s annual Isle of Wight regatta to win the Aud Mug. The schooner, named America, coasted home to victory. Legend has it that Queen Victoria, watching the unparalleled winner cross the finish line, asked who was second. She was told, ‘Your majesty, there is no second’, and so the America’s Cup was born.
For 132 years, America successfully fended off all challengers – but their reign ended in 1983, and in the following decades the Cup moved hemispheres from Australia and New Zealand to Europe, but has never returned to its place of origin. This year sees Challengers to the defending Oracle Team USA coming from Sweden, New Zealand, Japan, France and a new British challenger – the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing team. It is the team’s aspiration to return the trophy to the United Kingdom for the first time since 1851.
Aside from watching the spectacular challengers and the grand finale event, iconic J-Class yachts will return to their origins and compete once more in a brand new J-Class regatta. Taking place between the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and the America’s Cup match in June 2017, the seven-strong fleet taking part include Endeavour, Hanuman, Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V, and Velsheda. Their graceful, slim and undeniably beautiful lines will cut a stark contrast to the futuristic hydrofoil multihull racing machines taking part in the much anticipated finals.
For those who really want to be intimately associated with the Cup and its history, they now can – since some of the renowned J-Class yachts making a triumphant return, are listed for sale. Namely Endeavour, and the beautiful replica of the original Ranger, which won the 1937 America’s Cup. These offer the racing enthusiast a unique opportunity to take part in the next Cup, since both are classed as J-Class and can be raced in the J-Class regatta.
For further information on being part of the action, or indeed getting closer to the action with a yacht charter, contact Camper & Nicholsons International.
- 26 May – 5 June Qualifiers
- 7 June – 12 June Challenger Playoffs
- 17 June – 27 June Match, the 35th Defense
Legend has it that Queen Victoria, watching the unparalleled winner cross the finish line, asked who was second. She was told, ‘Your majesty, there is no second’, and so the America’s Cup was born.