Bermuda: The America’s Cup

For a tiny island, Bermuda packs a mighty punch. Miles from anywhere in the North Atlantic, there’s little chance of boredom on this 21-square-mile land-spit and its surrounding archipelago.

Snorkelling the coral reefs, diving some of the surrounding waters’ 300 wrecks, cycling the old railway trail, rock-climbing and cliff-jumping above caves carved by the British Military in the 1800s, whale-watching during the migration and a mass of other sports including golf, kayaking, flyboarding, hydrobiking and paddle-boarding will keep adventure-seekers physically active.

Then, of course, there’s sailing. And more specifically, the 35th America’s Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton; a month of exhilarating racing beginning on May 26. For the last six months, the island has been filled with hunky sailors, while the natural amphitheatre of Bermuda’s Great Sound has seen hi-tech yachts on foils flying across the water at speeds of up to 60mph.

The race, which originally began in 1851 as a friendly challenge in the waters off the Isle of Wight, is amicable no more. The America’s Cup is a fast and furious battle between teams from the USA, Sweden, New Zealand, France, Japan and Britain. For the British team, who have never yet won, this year could be the one. Helmed by Sir Ben Ainslie, the British Land Rover BAR team is approaching the race as if they were a Formula 1 team, even employing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh in their bold and brave attempt to #BringTheCupHome.

If you want to go out and enjoy the action, it’s not too late. Book official spectator packages at www.americascuptravel.com; prices start from £1,747 per person for the Qualifier Races, or book hotels direct at www.gotobermuda.co.uk/places-to-stay

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