“Wherever we travel to, the wonderful people we meet become our family.” – Lailah Akita
Since Dunbar covered the play by play for the 35th America’s Cup, I’ll give a little history into America’s Cup and play tour guide for the beautiful island of Bermuda.
In order to learn more about the tradition of America’s Cup, I decided to read The Billionaire and the Mechanic by Julian Guthrie and some articles related to foiling on our 6 day voyage to Bermuda. Some highlights I learned: The America’s Cup was first awarded in 1851 and is the oldest trophy in international sports. It gains it title “America’s Cup” as the schooner America won the first cup racing around the Isle of Wight in England. (So it’s named after the yacht and not the country.) The U.S. continued on to receive the longest winning streak in the history of sport with a 132 year stretch of domination until 1983 when Australia became the first challenger to take the trophy. Since then, the winning teams have been from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland. And as you know from Dunbar’s posts, Oracle Team USA lost the Cup (after first winning it back in 2010) to Emirates Team New Zealand in this 35th Challenge. (I was cheering for Oracle and also Landrover BAR as one of the crew follows me on Instagram and even wished us a safe sail to Bermuda…gotta love the internet! But New Zealand is one of my absolute favorite countries so..it’s a win-win I guess 😉) As for my thoughts on foiling… levitation!
While we weren’t busy watching AC35 from Bermuda’s Great Sound on TaDa, we were off exploring the island. The highlight of Bermuda for me was making new friends on the island. One afternoon while watching the race, two girls pulled up in their dinghy asking if they could tie up to our boat. We ended up spending the afternoon and rest of the week together…and while Dunbar is my best friend, I was quite happy to have some girl time. Victoria, her adorable daughter Charlotte, and friend Nicola who was visiting from Guernsey (part of the Channel Islands off the UK; right by Jersey that I fell in love with) were so sweet to show us around, have us in her home for hot showers, meals, and laundry. So thankful! With Victoria playing the local tour guide, we snorkeled shipwrecks, jumped off cliffs, swam through caves, and paddleboarded until our arms fell off!
Some must-sees if you get the chance to visit:
- Horseshoe Bay Beach known for its pink sand was crowded from the cruiseships when we went, Turn left when looking at the beach and you can follow the beautiful paths less traveled.
- Turtle Beach off of Clearwater Beach in St. David’s- walk past the picnic areas in Clearwater to Turtle Beach, then keep walking. You’ll come to a gate but don’t stop, just pass through and to your left you’ll find a couple paths leading down to the beach. Dunbar and I had it to ourselves! Heaven! And this is a part of Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve too.
- Tom Moore’s Jungle- Skip the cheesy Crystal Cave’s Tour and explore the hidden caves in Tom Moore’s Jungle for free. So glad we didn’t see the sign warning of rats in the caves until after we snuck in to swim!
- Tobacco Bay- While we didn’t spend the day at the beach bar, we took some beautiful pictures of the limestone rocks surrounding aqua blue water
- Nosuch Island best explored by boat and a great place to snorkel- so many shipwrecks hidden with fish in Bermuda
- Castle Island also reached by boat and a great spot for swimming
- Front Street for shopping and dining. I’m afraid our cruising budget limits restaurant reviews, but we did check out the big screens for watching AC in the Irish Pub, Flanagan’s. Also, grab a cocktail outside the Hamilton Princess Hotel for a nice evening atmosphere.
- Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse for a spectacular view then walk along the Bermuda Railway Trail to stretch your legs and get some exercise off the boat.
The list is endless, as there’s so much to see and do. I believe we made a good dent in Bermuda the month we played there.
And my final thought as we prepare for our 5-6 day crossing to New England…if we put a stationary bike aboard TaDa, will we arrive faster?! Worked for New Zealand! 😉