8 Fast Facts About The America's Cup

by Chelsea Oliver 8th June 2017

america's cup bermuda


Heading out to watch the races? Wow your friends and family with some fascinating America’s Cup trivia!


  1. The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world!
  2. Famous fans of the America’s Cup in years past include the Aga Khan, Sir Thomas Lipton, Ted Turner and Harold S. Vanderbilt, who himself won the cup three times
  3. The cup is named after the schooner America, which dominated in a 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight against 15 competitors in 1851
  4. Since its inception, only 4 nations worldwide have won the America’s Cup: Australia (once), New Zealand and Switzerland (twice) and the U.S.A. (28 times)
  5. The winner has the right to decide the next cup’s rules, including the types of boats, the location and timing (thanks for choosing Bermuda, Team Oracle!)
  6. New Zealand’s Sir Russell Coutts has won the America’s Cup 5 times and has a perfect 14-0 record on the water as a skipper in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
  7. The current entry fee is $2,000,000 per team.
  8. This year’s Challengers are Land Rover BAR (UK), Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama (France), Artemis Racing (Sweden) and Softbank Team Japan.


For more on this exciting Island event, check out our online Events Calendar or guide to venue Great Sound. For ticket details and how to purchase yours, click here.






Resources: YBWAmerica's CupLand Rover Bar


Posted by ChelseO
Thursday, 8th June 2017, 10:04pm.
Comments (0)
Articles Categories
View More
Popular Articles

Bermuda Bus Service

Find information for all Bermuda Bus Service routes, schedules, route maps, fares and popular destinations.

View More

You also might be interested in

Get your tickets to the America's Cup today!

America's Cup

Arguably one of Bermuda’s most breathtaking sights, the Great Sound is Bermuda’s largest semi-contained body of water, and in December 2014 was selected as the battleground for the the world’s most prestigious sailing event: the 35th America’s Cup (AC35).Located in the island’s west end, the Great Sound is surrounded by land to the south, west and east, while its north side opens up into the Atlantic ocean. It is home to many smaller islands, a diverse range of marine life, and perhaps most importantly to the America’s Cup sailors, near-perfect wind conditions for competitive sailing. The land surrounding the Great Sound offers ideal viewing conditions for America’s Cup racing, as Bermuda’s topography and fishhook shape lend to the west end acting as a sort of “amphitheatre” to the massive body of water. There are several ways to experience the exquisite beauty of the Great Sound. Locals and visitors alike can explore by ferry, sailboat, charter boat or simply a relaxing swim. If you want to view it from the land, your best bets are Spanish Point (Pembroke), Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse (Southampton) and Fort Scaur (Somerset), as all three offer gorgeous vantage points from which to appreciate its full beauty.

America's Cup