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Bermuda to Host 2017 America's Cup

6 teams have signed up so far

Michael Dunkley, the Premier of Bermuda, said that Bermuda has near-perfect sailing conditions, a temperate year-round climate, and an extensive maritime legacy. (Photo: Courtesy of America's Cup)
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America’s Cup officials announced Tuesday that Bermuda will host the next iteration of the race, which will take place in June 2017. The last America’s Cup was held on San Francisco Bay in September 2013.

“Racing in Bermuda will be an incredible experience for the spectators, and for the sailors, it’s going to be very challenging,” Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA skipper, said in a press release from America’s Cup. “I’ve raced there several times and the variety of conditions means you can never let your guard down.”

Oracle Team USA will defend their 2013 victory on a race course on the Great Sound, which features views of surrounding islands and beaches. An official video also reveals plans for an America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

The America’s Cup press release also mentioned that in 2017, all teams will be competing on new AC62 catamarans. The boats are ten feet shorter than the AC72 catamarans that featured in the 2013 competition, and also slower: they can reach speeds up to 50 mph above the water, while last year’s boats could reach 58 mph.

Read Outside’s March 2012 feature on the scary-fast developments transforming the America’s Cup here.

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Lead Photo: Courtesy of America's Cup
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