The 35th America’s Cup Bermuda
Perhaps because it only happens every few years and involves so few elite athletes, the America’s Cup isn’t on everyone’s radar; but it should be. It is truly a dramatic spectacle, this longest running sporting event of countries, especially when raced on the brilliant turquoise and blue waters of the Great Sound in Bermuda.
Homes there are all dressed up in fresh pastels with their bright white Lego like roofs that capture rainwater for the cisterns below. “Don’t be mad if it rains,” our driver pleaded, “we really need it.” Indeed, some of the golf course fairways were a little parched but all the greens were kept in mint condition, even on Mid Ocean where the sanding of the greens made a Spiro graph pattern without interfering with the speed.
It was a real treat on a sunny day having played it in cool foggy weather previously. It turns out the ocean views are knock out fantastic with Barbie Doll mansions positioned to take advantage on the high hills. A well-marked heron about a foot and a half tall with top hat plumes paraded about on all the courses. We nicknamed him “Harry the Cartoon Heron” or as our new Brit friend Ros quipped, “HCH to his mates.” There were many shots where we gave a fore warning, “Look out Harry!”
The Southampton Fairmont connects global travelers making everyone at home. In the restaurants and elevators, we encountered kiwis who first lost a fan in an after hour boating accident and in the semifinals, New Zealand’s Flying Emirates lost their ship to the high winds, capsizing and handing that win to their chosen opponent Great Britain. Now they face the USA Oracle Team who will desperately try to hang onto the cup.
The race itself is not your grandfather’s America’s Cup in its 35th challenge. Advanced technology propels the pontoons to fly above the water with foils that operate up or down depending on strategy. The crew works hard cranking to operate the hydraulics, which control the flying catamarans. It truly is a sight to behold.
Travel Places is cracking the code to organized world sporting event packages and is the official accommodations supplier to the America’s Cup. You might still hop a short flight and enjoy the final week of a Bermudaful event or watch the finals on a telecast and plan a future trip package with them to the classy island for laid back fun and superb golf.