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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.
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The North Atlantic Island of Bermuda has no fresh water springs, rivers or lakes. The colorful pastel limestone houses are equipped with white roofs in order to harvest rain. They also have small steps on them, which slows down the heavy rainfall, which helps the gutters collect the water and store it in tanks below the house. As there are no permanent steams and the lakes are brackish, the system was forced on the early settlers. It later became enforced in house-building regulations, for each square foot of roof space; all houses must have eight gallons of tank space.This design has many benefits. Being made of limestone means it is heavier and not easily shifted by hurricane as well as having anti-bacterial properties.
One of the greatest attractions for tourists and divers in Bermuda are the wide range of colorful coral reefs that can be seen surrounding the island. Corals are marine invertebrates that feed on plankton, small fish, and mostly algae. Bermuda has some of the northern most reefs in the North Atlantic and many being quite large in size. Corals require temperatures between 76-85F to survive and fortunately the nearby Gulf Stream keeps the water around Bermuda warm and clean which is why the reefs in Bermuda continue to thrive.Coral secretes a chemical called Calcium Carbonate, which then takes the form of limestone forming the coral reefs. Over time when millions of corals keep adding to the limestone rocks, it forms size and shape of a massive coral reef, but the process takes many years.There are three types of Coral Reefs in Bermuda, Lagoon Reefs, Rim Reefs and Terrace Reefs. Lagoon Reefs are found in the water that immediately surrounds the island and also form in the inshore water areas. The waves are low here and the water is relatively calm. The reefs here have depths ranging from 10 – 20 meters. Due to the silt, the bottom of the ocean floor here in sandy leading to lower visibility. Corals in the Lagoon Reef area include soft corals like Sea Rods, Sea Fans and branching corals.Rim Reefs form a rim around the boundary of the lagoon water area, hence the name. They have an average depth of 2 – 10 meters and they are massive in size and usually consist of hard corals like Brain and Star corals. They have a high visibility compared to Lagoon Reefs. The North Rock, the largest reef of Bermuda is part of the Rim Reefs.Terrace Reefs, the outermost reef system and comprise mainly Brain and Star corals have extremely clear visibility.Coral Reefs are seen as an advantage for the island. They act as a barrier and protect the island against heavy wave actions and the reefs are a hot spot for various marine creatures and fish, many of which have commercial value.
For years, Bermuda has been recognized as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic Ocean. The island itself owes its establishment to settlers stranded from a shipwreck – The Sea Venture wrecked in 1609. It was once called the “isle of Devils” for a good reason, the deceptive and treacherous reefs around the island have led to many ships sinking.Triton Shipwreck was a ship purposely scuttled in 1988 off the coast of Bermuda, approximately 7 miles off the southwest side, to become a tourist attraction and professional diving site. Before her sinking, great care was taken in order to make sure it was safe for the divers.Elda Ship Wreck was an American yacht designed by Philip L. Rhodes and built in 1937 by Anderson and Combs in New Haven, Connecticut. Elda was 46 feet long and had an eleven-foot beam and based out of Maryland, on Gibson Island. She was wrecked in 1956 during the Newport to Bermuda race and now rests in shallow water close to the Eagle wreck.The Ramona, a large Canadian yacht, sunk on December 2nd, 1967 after running aground on a reef. The crew of 10 abandoned the ship after the distress signals went unnoticed. Rescuers rushed to the site after the wreck was spotted in the early hours of December 3rd. Unfortunately, only five of the crew survived. They had hoped to restore the damage of the boat but the damage was too extensive and costly for them to repair. The boat was then stripped and taken to a site off the north shore of the Royal Naval Dockyard and sunk in 60 feet of water.Hermes is one of Bermuda’s most popular shipwrecks because it remains fully unscathed. The vessel was thoroughly cleaned and made dive safe before its final voyage in 1985. Hermes lies one mile offshore at Horseshoe Bay and sits upright in 80 feet of water with her mast pointing towards the surface. The visibility of the wreck is exceptionally clear and a dive attraction to many. The white sand bottom reflects sunlight and helps illuminate the dark shadows normally found around shipwrecks. The marine life in and around the wreck includes many Sergeant Majors and Damsel Fish and even possibly schools of Barracuda’s.The King Shipwreck was the first vessel to be scuttled in Bermuda as a dive site and artificial reef. The King sits intact in 65 feet of water, half a mile off the south shore. She lays with her stern in the sand and her bow on a coral bottom. Her success of attracting marine life has attracted other ships to be scuttled around her, such as the Hermes and the ferry Triton. The King was a diesel-powered Navy tugboat built in 1941 and towards the end of her days she was converted into a dive boat owned by Gary Lamb.
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