The 35th America’s Cup will take place on the beautiful waters of Bermuda from 26th May to 27th June 2017 and is predicted to be the greatest America’s Cup in the 166 year history of the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.
Over its lifetime, the America’s Cup has gone through numerous transformations, arguably none greater than the revolution first seen in the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco, and now taken to new, exciting levels by the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
Among the dramatic changes are the adoption and championing of foiling technology in the America’s Cup race boats, now enabling the America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats that will race in 2017 to battle it out at speeds approaching 50 knots, more than 90kph, and the move from offshore racing to inshore events, taking place on stadium style racecourses as personified by Bermuda’s Great Sound.
This switch of racecourse locations, first seen in San Francisco Bay in 2013 and now taken to incredible new heights by the choice of Bermuda and its iconic Great Sound, has also revolutionized the viewing options for America’s Cup fans. Now, in 2017, the America’s Cup has the unique distinction of any world class sports event that fans can watch the racing live, both from the shoreline in the America’s Cup Village, the purpose built home of the 35th America’s Cup, and from “front row” positions on the water where there is a wide range of options available to spectators who want to be in the thick of the action, as close as it is possible to be to watch the world’s greatest sailors fight it out for the ‘Auld Mug’.
However, it is not the fact that people can watch America’s Cup racing in its modern guise from on the water that sets the America’s Cup in Bermuda apart, it is the fact that Bermuda perfectly lends itself to enable America’s Cup fans to watch the racing and stay on board boats for the duration of their stay, making a water-borne vacation in the home of the 35th America’s Cup an incredibly attractive proposition.
One family who have taken full advantage of this unique opportunity are the Samis family from Chicago, Illinois who have booked their stay in Bermuda with The Moorings, established in 1969 and an Official Charter Supplier to the 35th America’s Cup.
Alexandra and John Samis will be bringing YiaYia (Georgia Samis who is John’s Mother) and Annie (Alexandra and John’s daughter), and family friends Tom and Kathy Barnard and their children, Peter and Katie. Both families are members of the Chicago Yacht Club and they will all be making the short trip from Chicago to Bermuda to spend a week on board one of The Moorings’ all-inclusive crewed yachts.
Giving an insight into why the Samis and Barnard families decided to make the trip to Bermuda, Alexandra explained, “Annie and I went to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago event back in June 2016 and it was exhilarating. We were there every day, including when both the ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand boats capsized, and we absolutely loved it.
“I grew up taking vacations with The Moorings and my daughter Annie took up sailing a while back. Tom, Kathy, Peter and Katie Barnard have also been sailing with The Moorings since 1969 so they are the natural choice for us.
“With Annie, we enrolled her in a two week program and she’s never looked back. She’s now part of a competitive race team with Peter and she is determined to see more women racing in the America’s Cup in the future, so the Cup really is an important part of our lives.
“Annie and Peter decided to enter a competition to take part in the official America’s Cup Endeavour Junior Regatta, and they were both lucky enough to win through to take part in the event itself in Bermuda. That is obviously the opportunity of a lifetime, so we could not say no to that. However, the America’s Cup is obviously also going to be a world class event, and for my husband John, who also loves Formula 1 motor racing, this is a chance for him to see what he calls ‘F1 on the water’ up close.
“We definitely aren’t the sort of people who would fly to Bermuda in a private jet, but we are the sort of people who want to be part of such a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime event. Booking with The Moorings means we don’t have to worry about anything at all while we’re in Bermuda, from what to have for dinner to where we’ll be watching the racing from, and we know we will have incredible views. Also, YiaYia has never been on a yacht before and we wouldn’t trust anyone but The Moorings for her maiden voyage! Finally, we will have a front row seat for the races Jimmy Spithill and the ORACLE TEAM USA guys are competing in, and while we will be cheering for them, we will also be able to cheer for Peter and Annie when they take part in the America’s Cup Endeavour Program Regatta.”
Alexandra’s insights are proof positive of why the America’s Cup is such a truly unique event in world sport, and how the events in Bermuda will create memories that will last forever.