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The greatest race on water is almost here

Cup countdown: the 35th America?s Cup is just around the corner, and thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the island for the month-long event Image by Byron Muhammad It seems like only yesterday that Bermuda was celebrating being awarded the 35th America?s Cup. At a news conference in New York, Harvey Schiller, then the America?s Cup commercial commissioner, singled out the island among 12 bidders as ?the best location offering everything we needed to make it an exceptional event?. Michael Dunkley called the announcement a ?remarkable moment for Bermuda and our people?. ?With 35 days to go, the America?s Cup is fast approaching,? he said. ?Hosting an event of this magnitude will be a proud and historic moment for Bermuda and our people. ?As I have said many times, this will be an amazing opportunity for Bermuda to shine on the world stage, to showcase our beautiful island and to demonstrate our legendary hospitality. ?So many people have worked incredibly hard to ensure that all the elements are in place for when we officially get under way on May 26.? Mr Dunkley said he wished to thank all involved for their dedication and commitment to ensuring a successful event. ?There is no doubt that we will show the world that our island is the perfect venue for this great event and I look forward to joining all of Bermuda as we welcome thousands of visitors to our shores during the America?s Cup,? he said. The date of that announcement, March 11, 2014, will be for ever etched in the history books; the moment when one of the biggest sporting events in the world chose to make our island its home. Since then the preparations have continued apace. Nine acres of

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DAYS HOURS MINUTES land has been reclaimed at Cross Island in Dockyard, and the America?s Cup Village is now nearing completion. Development has occurred at Morgan?s Point too; the home for Artemis Racing, and the new Caroline Bay resort. The arrival of Emirates Team New Zealand means that all six teams are now fully embedded on the island, while Oracle Team USA, the defenders of the ?Auld Mug?, have made the island their home for the past couple of years. Oracle Team USA have shown as much faith as any one in Bermuda. As

The headliners

Eight local musicians have been selected to form the band that will perform at the opening ceremony of the America?s Cup and at different venues throughout the event. 4-FORTY-1 Cup holders they are the first American syndicate to defend their title outside of home waters. Being chosen ahead of the likes of San Francisco, San Diego, and New York has given Bermuda a boost, putting us on the world stage once more. The impact on Bermuda business is evident, with five local vendors being chosen to provide food and drink at the America?s Cup Village, and other businesses also involved. Hotels, guesthouses, and private houses have all benefited from the arrival of teams, their families, and the supporters who will come in their thousands to watch. The Louis Vuitton World Series event in October 2015 gave the island a hint of what to expect next month, both on and off the water, and landmark days

On the world stage

Millions of people are expected to tune in to watch the 35th America?s Cup take place in Bermuda, putting the island on display in homes around the world. INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE have come and gone since then on a regular basis. Today marks 35 days until the start of the biggest event the island has ever hosted, and there will be fireworks in Hamilton at 8.30pm to celebrate the occasion. Hosts off the water, Bermuda will have interest in what happens on the water too, with TeamBDA competing in the Red Bull Youth America?s Cup. Taking on the best the rest of the world has to offer, the young Bermudians representing their country have already done themselves and their families proud. Preparations will continue right up until the first race starts at 5pm on May 26, signalling the start of the 35th America?s Cup, an event the likes of which Bermuda has never seen before.

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