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February 18, 2017

With less than four months to go the 35th America’s Cup is right around the corner.

Have you bought your tickets yet? Maybe you’re confused as to which days to attend, or which category of tickets to buy?

Here, we breakdown the ticket categories and give you insider tips on which days are the best to attend the America’s Cup Village. There are six different ticket categories, from basic entry to the village, up to a top-of-the-line VIP experience.

Any day in the America’s Cup Village promises to be a good day, but there are days where the action will be spectacular. Opening weekend, for instance, is a great time to check out the action. The first race is on May 26 at 2pm with Oracle Team USA, the Cup holders, battling Groupama Team France. The other four teams will also battle it out on the Great Sound. Closing weekend will also be a popular date as everyone wants to see who will walk away as winners of the 35th America’s Cup.

America’s Cup Village
In order to enter the hub of all activity for the month-long extravaganza, you will need to buy a ticket for the America’s Cup Village. This space, located in Dockyard, will be surrounded by the six team bases and will host a range of local food and beverage options, entertainment and views of the racecourse finish line, as well as big screens so fans can follow all the action as it unfolds on the Great Sound.

It’s important to note that these tickets are only for access to the AC Village and do not include a seat for watching the races. Tickets start at $10 for Bermuda residents and $5 for children. Additionally, there are family passes for two adults and two children, starting at just $24 for local families.

Grandstand Seating
A Grandstand ticket equals a seat and will also allow access to the AC Village. Ticket holders will be able to watch the action from the comfort of their own seat in the official Grandstand, located right on the waterfront. A dedicated big screen will mean Grandstand ticket holders will not miss a second of the action, and with the racecourse finish line mere metres from the Grandstand, tickets to the facility will be in high demand. Tickets start at $70 and children under five can enter for free with their parent’s ticket. It’s important to note that seats are not reserved and ticket holders are encouraged to come early on race days. Tickets for June 24 and 25 are already sold out.

Official Spectator Boats
If you want to be on the water watching the races, an official spectator boat ticket is what you should buy. Situated as close as possible on the racecourse, the spectator boats will offer unrivalled views of the racing, as well as food and beverage options available to purchase on board. Prices start at $150 for adults and $75 for children. Boats will depart from Hamilton or Dockyard and spend three hours on the water. These tickets do not give access to the AC Village. Tickets are sold out for June 24 and 25.

Longtail Lounge
For the crème de la crème of the America’s Cup, purchase a ticket to the Longtail Lounge. This is the place to see and be seen — the full VIP experience. You and your guests can relax in the informal waterside surroundings and enjoy a complimentary bar and delicious buffet lunch. The private viewing deck is perfect for watching the boats fly towards the finish line and with televisions throughout the Lounge, you won’t miss a minute of the action. To book, please e-mail

Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar
Another VIP option is the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar. With a viewing terrace and striking views over the Great Sound, your ticket will include a delicious buffet lunch and official America’s Cup merchandise. Ticket price does not include beverages, but does include access into the AC Village. Tickets start at $150.

Private Boat Registration
Maybe you’ve looked at all the options and would prefer to take your own boat out to watch the races. There will be a designated spectator zone on the racecourse where local boat owners are encouraged to register their boats. Boat registration is $35 for boats under 40 feet, and boats 40 feet and over are $15 per foot.

It’s all getting very real now, says Coutts

This week marked a major milestone in the long-anticipated wait for the 35th America’s Cup.

The greatest race on water is now less than 100 days away, and across Bermuda preparations continue apace for the incredible events that will unfold.

From May 26 to June 27 the event will take place on the Great Sound, the stadium-style setting for the racecourse that will play host to the fastest boats in America’s Cup history, raced by the greatest sailors in the world.

Below, Sir Russell Coutts, chief executive officer of the America’s Cup, outlines why he expects this year’s event to be the best in the competition’s 166-year history.

“One hundred days to go until the start of the 35th America’s Cup is a major milestone, one that really brings home just how close we all are to the start of what I am sure is going to be the greatest America’s Cup yet.

“When you see the progress that’s being made every day at the America’s Cup Village site in Dockyard, it’s now possible to visualise how the final village will look. We’ve started construction of our largest and most premium hospitality structure and we’ve released a video fly-through, which is a simulation of what the racecourse and the America’s Cup Village will look like, and that just serves to increase the anticipation and excitement even more.

“Another sign of how close we are to the start of the action is the launching of the America’s Cup Class boats the teams will race in May and June. The step forward that these boats will have, in performance terms, is incredible. Races that, in past America’s Cup events, took hours, will now be played out in around 22 minutes.

“Incredibly the boats will perform at least the same number of manoeuvres within this time, meaning this new format will place a premium on crew fitness and making accurate tactical decisions within this much more limited time frame.

“In the right conditions, the boats will most likely stay up on their foils for the entire race, which is going to produce fast moving racing for everyone watching at the venue, as well as the millions of people watching on television and on the internet.

“As with all match racing, the start will be very important, as will the positioning and having smooth, well co-ordinated tacks and gybes. It’s going to be fascinating to see which teams will eventually qualify for the final races.

“In addition to the America’s Cup events, we will have the next generation of sailing superstars fighting it out in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, racing exactly the same foiling AC45 catamarans the America’s Cup teams have just used to compete in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

“Those teams will be running fleet races, compared to the America’s Cup itself which is all match racing, and the sight of eight AC45 foiling boats, raced by young guns hungry to show they have what it takes to move up to the ultimate level in the America’s Cup, well that’s going to be fascinating.

“At the other end of the spectrum, will be a celebration of our incredible America’s Cup history, with the majestic beauty of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and the America’s Cup J Class Regatta, involving some of the most magnificent and graceful boats to ever race in the America’s Cup.

“Finally I want to touch on the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme. This is an incredibly important part of the America’s Cup, using sailing to inspire and educate thousands of young Bermudians and around the world, and making sure that we create a positive lasting legacy.

“We have just seen two young Bermudian sailors, Ahzai Smith and Christopher Raymond, winning in the Gold and Silver Fleet races in the O’Pen Bic National Championships in New Zealand, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that those young sailors achieved something incredibly special.

“Those boys are shining examples of what the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme aims to achieve — creating opportunities that its participants had surely never dreamt of, and then helping them grab that chance and achieve more than they thought they could.

“The America’s Cup Endeavour Program would not exist without the support and help of a number of important partners, and the America’s Cup and all the events around it could not happen without the hard work, drive and determination of thousands of people, in Bermuda and worldwide.

“However, all this work is being done to create the greatest race on water, and now, less than 100 days until it starts, it is all becoming very real. The countdown continues!”

Redundancy cloud has silver lining

Redundancy in depressed economic times has forced many former employees to turn to entrepreneurship.

And this was no different for Carlita Burgess and Marjorie “Miki” Richardson-Caines of Lifestyles Co Ltd.

Mrs Burgess lost her job of 17 years when the Bermuda Sun closed its doors in 2014, and shortly after Mrs Richardson-Caines suffered a similar fate.

As teenagers they had always dreamt of running a business together, but it wasn’t until they suddenly had a host of free time that they came together to create Lifestyle’s Co Ltd.

They began working for hours on their dining room tables often staying up until the wee hours discussing ideas, thinking so much that they often couldn’t sleep. But almost every Friday they’d head to a beach to cry and commiserate over their losses whilst praying for inspiration for their future.

These days there is very little time for tears, as they chart their own course into the physical retail marketplace, online and beyond. And when they saw the America’s Cup’s invitation for licensees, they didn’t hesitate.

Lifestyle’s Co offers commemorative items such as picture frames, trays, bowls, ice buckets, champagne coolers and more. Their signature Best of Bermuda Award-winning waterproof canvas bags, duffel bags, messenger bags and sailing totes are also branded with the America’s Cup seal.

In addition, they also have pint glasses and umbrellas on offer.

Every piece that they choose to sell has one thing in common, it has to be a statement piece and before choosing each piece they ask for God’s guidance.

“Every time we look for a product, we pray about it and it’s been like divine intervention,” said Mrs Richardson-Caines.

“We’re in the right place, at the right time, for the right product.”

Their canvas bags, which are designed like authentic sailing gear, won two best of Best of Bermuda Awards from The Bermudian Magazine. One in the category of “Bags” and the other for “Products and Services — Corporate Gifts”.

“The high-quality canvas bags are available in four different colour combinations.

“The umbrellas are in two colour combinations blue and white, black and red and they’re great because you never know when it’s going to rain or be too hot, so why not show off your commemorative piece,” said Mrs Burgess.

“While the metal ware and glasses can be co-branded with a sponsor’s logo along with the America’s Cup seal. The metal ware are very functional pieces and not just display items.

“The glasses of course can be used every day.

“All of the pieces were chosen to evoke conversation. The world stage came to us because of the America’s Cup and we are using it as a catalyst to show our talent and ability.”

Mrs Burgess, whose background was in sales, marketing and design added: “First and foremost our vision was to enhance awareness and conversation about Bermuda.

“Before the America’s Cup 2017 was announced we were constantly looking for niche items for locals, but we found that we also had secured an international following through online sales.”

Both Mrs Burgess and Mrs Richardson-Caines are certified tourism ambassadors and they said: “Sometimes tourists just wander into our store. Some for America’s Cup merchandise and others just pull up a chair and sit off.

“When you talk to a tourist about Bermuda, they are intrigued and they love good conversation. They don’t always want to buy trinkets and touristy stuff.”

When they started out, they didn’t expect that they their products or services would become award-winning or that they would become America’s Cup licensees.

“Because of our connection with the America’s Cup it has helped us establish a presence,” said Mrs Richardson-Caines.

“But we want people to know that we do so much more than just the bags, as we do corporate branding and gifts and unique finds.

“All of the sponsors had the opportunity to co-brand on all of our products except for the bags, but the Hamilton Princess was the only sponsor who had picture frames with both their brand and that of the America’s Cup.”

Currently Lifestyles products can only be found at their store on Front Street, but there will be an announcement soon regarding other locations.

For more information visit their Facebook page, or website,, telephone 295 5433 or e-mail

Age no barrier to Dill’s Red Bull ambition

At just 18-years-old Peter Dill is the youngest member of Team BDA.

Recently named Boat Captain, he will be in charge of making sure the team’s AC45F is ready to race in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in June.

This is a big responsibility, but Dill’s experience as an intern with Oracle Team USA’s shore crew should hold him in good stead.

A graduate of both Somersfield Academy and Warwick Academy, Peter got his start sailing with the Bermuda Sailing Association out on White’s Island at the age of nine. The Paget resident has three siblings, including a twin sister and two older brothers.

Dill is vying for the spot of the jib trimmer for TeamBDA, and below he answers some questions about what makes him tick.

Who is the Bermudian you most admire? I admire various Bermudians for different reasons, if I had to pick one it would probably be my father.

Who is your sporting hero? Robert Scheidt [a 43-year-old sailor and two-time Olympic gold medal-winner], the love he has for his sport and how he is able to continue to compete at an Olympic level at his age.

If you weren’t on Team BDA you would be? Working for Oracle Team USA as shore crew.

What would surprise people about you? I’m 18.

What do you do in your spare time? I like to be on the water or in the workshop. Kiting, spear fishing, relaxing, partying.

Somerset or St. George’s? Somerset.

What is your favourite Bermuda symbol or icon? The fitted dinghy, I find them symbolic of Bermudian ingenuity and experimentation but primarily our maritime history.

What is your favourite or most used Bermudian phrase? Burnt Yah Cookie.

What are three songs you love right now? Walking On The Moon by The Police; Can you Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John; Simmer Down, a Bob Marley remix by Gentleman & Ky-Mani Marley.

What’s your favourite of ice cream? Macadamian Nut Brittle

Netflix binge watching? No time.

What is one movie you think everyone should see? Cool Runnings.

How many push-ups could you do before this and how many can you do now? Around 30 before and around 50 now.

What do you eat or drink now that you didn’t eat before? Coffee, high glycemic carbs.

What don’t you eat or drink now that you did before? White pasta, a lot less alcohol.

New boat is fastest thing on four foils

As Oracle Team USA revealed their new America’s Cup Class boat on Tuesday, Bryan Baker, the designer, said the new boats will be the fastest ever designed in the 166-year-old competition.

“For the given wind strengths, this boat now would annihilate an AC72,” he said. “And if you compared it to one of the old monohull boats (1992 to 2007) it would be night and day.”

Baker works on velocity prediction for Oracle Team USA, writing code to predict performance for any given design element.

“I write software that predicts how fast the boat is going to go,” he said. “I get designs and concepts from our engineers, we model those, test them, predict how fast the boat will go, and decide which concepts to build.”

An important step in the process is to test predicted performance against actual performance.

“One of the hardest parts is when things don’t line up,” he said. “Then you have a mission to figure out what went wrong, or what wasn’t correctly modelled. But we’ve been able to chip away at those errors, to fine tune the design of the America’s Cup Class.”

With the new America’s Cup Class boat now in the water, Baker said his job is far from over.

“There are still advances to be made in the control systems and how we use the boat,” he said. “Every day we’re learning. You’ll see the performance increase the whole time.”

Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle Team USA skipper, reinforced the same point on Tuesday at the reveal ceremony.

After thanking his team for all of the long hours put in to get the boat ready, he warned there was more to come.

“We need to get this boat out on the water and put the hours in getting it ready to race,” Spithill said. “The long days will continue.”