Photography by ACEA
The competition for the oldest trophy in international sport starts its 35th edition on the Great Sound in Bermuda at 5pm on Friday 26 May.
The first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers will start at 5pm and the official Opening Ceremony of the events will take place that day from 8.30pm in the America’s Cup Village.
In addition to the special Grandstand ticket offer, to celebrate the 35 milestone, a fireworks display will take place over Hamilton, Bermuda at 8.30pm on 21st April, precisely 35 days to the minute before the start of the official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup, 26 May 2017.
Look up above Hamilton at that time to see the milestone marked across the skies of the home of the 35th America’s Cup as 35 fireworks are sent skywards on Friday night.
With just 35 days to go the range of milestones worth highlighting include:
– all six America’s Cup teams are now in Bermuda and into their final preparations for the 35th America’s Cup. Practice racing in the America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats is scheduled to continue from 24 to 28 April and that may also signal the first sight of the Kiwi team on the water at the same time as their competitors
– the build program at the America’s Cup Village in Bermuda’s continues on schedule with major structures going up every day and with an increasing amount of detail work now taking place in a range of the exciting visitor attractions that will be on offer
– in the Royal Naval Dockyard itself, the home of the America’s Cup Village, the ACBDA (America’s Cup Bermuda) and WEDCO (West End Development Corporation) continue to make excellent progress. All plans are on schedule for the enhancements to a range of vital facilities and building works to the area that will soon play host to America’s Cup fans
– tickets are selling out for a number of the spectator experiences available here, especially in the Grandstand which is sold out on 17 & 18 and 24 & 25 June. There the shaded comfort, drinks and snacks that are available to buy from the dedicated bar or from servers in the Grandstand and the unrivalled views of the racecourse finish line are proving hugely popular with America’s Cup fans.
On 26 May the Defender of the America’s Cup, ORACLE TEAM USA, led by Jimmy “Pitbull” Spithill who is chasing the ‘threepeat’, three America’s Cup victories in a row, take on Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France in the very first match race of the 35th America’s Cup from 5pm.
Following them, Nathan Outteridge’s Artemis Racing will race the vastly experiended Dean Barker and SoftBank Team Japan, followed by Groupama Team France in action again, this time against young gun Peter Burling who will helm Emirates Team New Zealand. Wrapping up day one on the water is Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR who will go head to head with Artemis Racing, looking to build on the two point advantage the British team gained from winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.
After racing concludes at approximately 7pm, attention will turn to the official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup, taking place from 8.30pm on the main stage in the America’s Cup Village, the bespoke home of all the action in Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard. An incredible show is planned, celebrating all things Bermuda, and proceedings will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza that will light up the skies over Bermuda as day one concludes.
More details about the Opening Ceremony will be announced soon.