Racecourse Flag Policy

How to follow the 35th America's Cup on the water in Bermuda

Racecourse Flag Policy
The 35th America’s Cup will bring the best sailors and fastest boats to Bermuda’s Great Sound in May/June of 2017. The competition will be unpredictable, adrenalin-fueled, and action-packed.
Fans in Bermuda can watch from the America’s Cup Village in Dockyard, or out on the water. A number of options are available for on water viewing and require registration with the America’s Cup Event Authority.
In addition to giving access to spectator flags which allow access to designated areas on the racecourse perimeter, registration will also allow for important safety protocols to be communicated and enforced and for updated spectator information to be distributed in a timely manner.

Racecourse:
The racecourse for the 35th America’s Cup will be in the Great Sound. The racecourse will be set daily (and for each race) to deliver a series of short races (approximately 20-25 minutes). The orientation and length of the racecourse will vary depending on the wind speed and direction.
The racecourse is intended to be a windward-leeward course, with a starboard reaching start, two gates (windward and leeward) and a finish line in front of the America’s Cup Village at Dockyard.
Due to critical safety considerations, the racecourse is strictly off-limits to any and all spectator boats.

Spectator areas:
A series of large stake marks will delineate the perimeter of the racecourse, outside of which several spectator areas will be set up (see indicative plan below).
Spectators must have the corresponding flag to access a particular spectator area. A boat in a spectator area must display its official spectator flag clearly and at all times, and must remain in the spectator area that corresponds to its flag. The course marshals have the right to remove an official spectator flag from any boat at any time where that boat does not prominently display its flag or does not otherwise comply with the flag terms and conditions.

Official Spectator Boats:
Official Spectator Boats (operated by Island Tour Centre) will be positioned on the first row of the public spectator area, right on the edge of the racecourse. All Official Spectator Boats will receive and must display an official flag designating them as Official Spectator Boats.
Official Spectator Boats will take passengers onto the Great Sound for a three hour experience up close to the action. Each boat will be equipped with live radio commentary of the racing and beverages available to purchase.
Buy tickets for Official Spectator Boats at The America's Cup Ticketing page.

Official Charter Boats:
The America’s Cup Event Authority will allocate a viewing area within the public spectator area for use by Official Charter Boats operated by Helm Events and The Moorings. All Official Charter Boats will receive and must display an official flag designating them as Official Charter Boats.

Register your own boat (less than 40 feet LOA):
Bermudians (and visiting yachts) must register their boat (up to 39 feet) if they intend to be on the Great Sound and near the racecourse area during race days.
Registration is charged at a one-time administrative fee of $35 and includes a free official spectator flag which must be displayed during race days (all race days, Great Sound racecourse only).
Private spectator boats under 40 feet will be placed along one side of the race box in the public spectator area.
For futher details, visit our America's Cup Boat Registration page.

Register your own boat (40 feet to less than 80 feet LOA):
Bermudians and visiting yachts alike must register their boat (40 feet to 79 feet) if they intend to be on the Great Sound and near the racecourse area during race days.
Registration is charged at a one-time administration fee of $15 per foot and includes a free official spectator flag which must be displayed during race days (all race days, Great Sound racecourse only).
Private spectator boats 40 feet to 79 feet will be placed along one side of the race box in the public spectator area.

Important Note:
Private boats which are 80 feet and over will not be allowed in the public spectator area (see below for boats 80' and over and Superyacht Flag). However, private boats which are 80 feet and over may use their tender to watch the races, in which case their tender must be registered and obtain an official spectator flag in accordance with the above categories.
For futher details, visit our America's Cup Boat Registration page.

Superyachts (80 feet and over LOA):
Superyachts in the America’s Cup Superyacht Program will receive a Superyacht Flag included in their berthing package. The Superyacht Flag is transferable to the Superyacht’s tender for the purposes of viewing the racing from within the superyacht viewing area adjacent to the racecourse. Separately, each superyacht will receive one flag to identify its nominated tender.
Superyachts in the America’s Cup Superyacht Program will be placed along one side of the race box, opposite from the public spectator area side.

VIP’s:
Certain America’s Cup partners and stakeholders have the right receive a VIP flag from the America’s Cup Event Authority which flag must be displayed prominently to provide access to the VIP Box positioned in close proximity to the racecourse (all race days, Great Sound racecourse only).

Note:
VIP Flags are for use by the contracted party only and cannot be sold or transferred to a third party. It is not possible to purchase a VIP Flag from the America’s Cup Event Authority separate from a broader commercial partnership for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.