America’s Cup

Exclusive hospitality packages in Bermuda

Watch Sir Ben Ainslie, Jimmy Spithill and others compete for the oldest prize in international sport. 

Sunsail has officially teamed up with Britannia Hospitality to support the Exclusive Hospitality packages in Bermuda for the America’s Cup 2017. Sunsail customers can visit Bermuda for the ultimate sailing fan experience.

Hospitality will be based out of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, with perfect ‘on the water’ race viewing aboard luxury 72’ boat, ‘Majestic Lady’.

Customers buying packages via Sunsail will receive an exclusive behind the scenes invitation to Land Rover BAR headquarters, in Portsmouth. Guests will be invited to the exclusive event held on the flight deck and includes a tour of the Tech Deck, a unique experience only available to Sunsail customers. Find out about all the latest news and developments before heading out to Bermuda to see the action in real time.

Bermuda’s warm, flat waters and consistent winds will set the scene for spectacular racing throughout May and June. Inspired to get a taste of Caribbean sailing? Guests visiting for the Qualifier Rounds, Challenger Playoffs or the America’s Cup Match can extend their stay with a Sunsail holiday in the beautiful Grenada.

Watch the world’s best sailors compete for the oldest and most elusive sporting trophy in history, and then take to the water yourself. Go bareboat or hire a skipper and discover the Grenadines. Sunsail will organise everything for your full hospitality experience, including flights, transfers, accommodation and an optional sailing holiday.

Timings:

Here are the key dates for your diary, from the Qualifier Rounds through the Challenger Series to the America’s Cup Match itself.

  • Six teams (see below) will compete in the Qualifier Rounds, from 26 May- 3 June 2017
  • The top four Challengers will progress to the Playoffs (as Defender, Oracle Team USA get a bye straight to the Match), running 4-12 June 2017.
  • The winner of the Playoffs will challenge Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup Match, raced on the 17, 18, and 24-27 June 2017.

As well as the main event, the Race Schedule in Bermuda also features the past and future of America’s Cup racing. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup gives young sailors a chance to experience the thrill of top-level competition, while the America’s Cup J Class Regatta (16, 19-20 June) celebrates the beauty and grace of the classic J Class yachts that once competed for the cup. There is also a specialist superyacht regatta taking place from 13-15 June.

 

Qualifier Rounds: 26 May - 3 June

The race is on. Six America's Cup teams take to the Great Sound in Bermuda to fight for their place in the Challenger Playoffs. The teams will race each other twice in a double round robin format. We will be out on the water to watch the action unfold. At the end of this stage, one challenger will be eliminated. At this stage, Oracle Team USA get a bye straight to the Match.

Package experiences will only be sold for the weekends – 27-28 May and 3-4 June

Schedule details

Price: £475 per person per day

Challenger Playoff Series: 4 - 12 June

The four remaining challengers will race against each other in a ‘best-of-nine’ format. After the semi-finals, you can watch the last two challengers battle it out in a ‘best-of-six match’ race series. The winner of this final round will become the Challenger for the America’s Cup and progress to the America’s Cup Match to race against the Defender, Oracle Team USA.

Package experiences will only be sold for the weekend 10-11 June

Schedule details

Price: £600 per person per day

The America’s Cup Match: 17-18 & 25-26 June

Here it is, The America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton. The Defender of the America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA will go head-to-head with the successful Challenger (whoever it may be) in a 'best-of-13' race format for the America’s Cup. Races will take place across two weekends in June, and the winner takes all.

Schedule details

Price: £800 per person per day

Example Itinerary:
  • 09:30 – 10:00 - Meet at the private Britannia Hospitality lounge at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton for refreshments and the morning briefing, meet and greet with other guests.
  • 10:30 - Board the exclusive Majestic Lady charter boat for Britannia Hospitality members, safety briefing and tour guide talk as we cruise across the Great Sound to the America’s Cup Race Village in the Dockyard
  • 11:15 - Moor up at Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup team base for a look around the America’s Cup Race Village, Dockyard, Bermuda
  • 12:15 - Back on board Majestic Lady for lunch as we head out to the America’s Cup race course
  • 14:00 – 16:00 - Race Window – watch live racing from the top deck, with added live action on the big screen and expert commentary provided by Land Rover BAR
  • 16:00 - Cruise back to the America’s Cup Race Village – options to disembark there and spend the late afternoon in the race village or cruise back to the Britannia Hospitality lounge at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for an après sail debrief and cocktails watching the sunset
  • 18:00 - End of the Britannia Hospitality day experience

 

*Please note small changes in the timings may occur depending on the wind conditions in Bermuda on the day – this is an example of a typical daily itinerary. Race timings are subject to change.

About The America’s Cup

1851-2017: A potted history

The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting competition in the world and is considered the holy grail of yacht racing. It is often referred to by sailors as the ‘Auld Mug’.

It all began in 1851, when the UK’s Royal Yacht Squadron hosted a race around the Isle of Wight, competing for the prize of a large silver cup. The New York Yacht Club (NYYC) sent the schooner ‘America’ across the pond, and she duly defeated the pride of British sailing and won the cup, which was then named in her honour.

The cup was awarded to NYYC with a ‘deed of gift’ that states it must remain a perpetual challenge cup between nations. One yacht club, representing the defending nation, acts as the ‘defender’, and will take on the ‘challenger’ in a head-to-head match racing series to decide the winner of the cup.

In 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup was established in order to accommodate more than one challenger at a time and served as a preliminary competition to decide who would eventually challenge for the cup.

The World Series was introduced in the 2013 Cup cycle as a further preliminary step ahead of the Louis Vuitton Cup qualifiers and playoffs and the America’s Cup match, all held in Bermuda.

The Boats

The AC45s that zoomed around Portsmouth during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series were the ideal learning platform for the development of the 2017 America’s Cup Class (ACC) yachts. The ACC catamarans are 50ft long, but apart from a few vital measurements, designers are given free rein to innovate and make the fastest boat they can, with speeds likely to reach at least 45kts.

Unlike the regimented one-design AC45s, which were the perfect boat for getting the sailors and shore teams up to speed with the unique demands of fast foiling catamarans, the new ACC catamarans will require the perfect blend of cutting edge design and flawless sailing technique if they are to win. Now is where the design arms race begins in earnest.

 

Book early for the best deal

Call us on 03303321624 to book your Exclusive Hospitality package, including flights, race viewings and sailing holiday now.

Find out more about the America’s Cup here

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