True Highlight of the 35th America’s Cup
Published on March 28th, 2017
Time will tell whether match racing 49-foot dragsters proves sufficiently engaging, but at least the 35th America’s Cup program won’t be solely relying on it. The highlight of the 2017 event may very well be the America’s Cup Superyacht Program which includes two events during the America’s Cup Class racing schedule.
“We have made great efforts to engage the global superyacht community and we are looking forward to showcasing some of the world’s biggest and most beautiful superyachts at the heart of our event,” said Sam Hollis, COO of the America’s Cup Event Authority.
Knowing the prestige that the superyachts would lend to the America’s Cup, Hollis set out to maximize this attribute. “We are offering incredible access for owners, including front row viewing of the race course, premium berthing at America’s Cup Village and experiences and opportunities that, really, money can’t buy.”
The America’s Cup Superyacht Program was assisted hugely by special legislation passed by the Bermuda Government for the 35th America’s Cup enticing superyachts to come to Bermuda.
The original America’s Cup Superyacht Program had 39 berths allocated for superyachts coming into Bermuda from all over the world. Due to overwhelming demand, that number was extended to 50 berths and the total allocation is now very close to being sold out, with just one berth left for a megayacht and an extensive waiting list of superyachts ready to join the action should spare berths become available.
The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta on June 13-15 has enticed 19 entrants which includes Adela, the 55 metre superyacht which won the 2013 America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. Additionally, the America’s Cup J Class Regatta on June 16, 19, and 20 will feature eight of the nine existing J Class.
For admirers of the most impressive, beautiful yachts on the planet, the America’s Cup Superyacht Program, the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, and the America’s Cup J Class Regatta will combine to create what could be one of the greatest gatherings of the world’s most impressive boats ever.
Background: The 35th American’s Cup has attracted six teams (5 challengers and 1 defender) that will compete in the new 15-meter AC Class, with a series of qualifiers beginning on May 26, 2017 that lead to the start of the America’s Cup Match on June 17, 2017. Complete schedule.
Source: ACEA, Scuttlebutt