THE AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES — A RACING CIRCUIT FEATURING THE BEST SAILORS IN THE WORLD — WILL BE COMING TO BERMUDA IN OCTOBER 2015. A longtime top destination for sailors, Bermuda is sailing into history after having been declared the host country of the 35th America’s Cup, set to take place in 2017. Billed as “the world’s premier sailing event,” the America’s Cup — cosidered the most difficult trophy in sport to win — is expected to bring elite sailing teams, global media coverage and thousands of visitors to the island. The first leg of the competition, the America’s Cup World Series, will be held October 16–18, 2015. Featuring all of the America’s Cup teams racing in onedesign AC45 catamarans, the circuit is an early opportunity to put points on the board that carry forwards into the next stage of the competition. Overall ranking position in this event determines the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017. The race will take place on The Great Sound, whilst the team bases and public race village will be located on the waterfront in Hamilton. “The waters of Bermuda are ideal for racing, as anyone who has sailed here can attest,” states Premier, the Honourable Michael Dunkley, JP, MP. “We’re very excited to have our island be a part of the next America’s Cup and to have an opportunity to showcase our maritime heritage and first-class hospitality to the America’s Cup teams.” The America’s Cup is just the lastest sailing competition to take place in Bermuda. It joins the popular Newport-Bermuda race, which will celebrate its 50th edition in 2016, and the Bermuda Gold Cup, the oldest one-design match racing event in the world, dating back to 1937.
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