Dunkley hails ‘incredible spectacle’
Michael Dunkley has hailed the opening weekend of the 35th America's Cup as an “incredible spectacle” that has showcased Bermuda in an “amazing light”.
This weekend saw the official opening of the sailing spectacle in Dockyard and the beginning of qualifying races around the Great Sound.
The Premier attended the ribbon cutting of the AC Event Village, the roof wetting of Club AC and the opening ceremony on Saturday evening.
“Being able to see all of the hard work become a reality should fill all of Bermuda with an overwhelming sense of pride,” Mr Dunkley said.
“The atmosphere in Dockyard was truly a magical experience and Bermuda looked absolutely stunning on live TV.
“There were sceptics when we won the right to host the America's Cup, with some even saying we could not deliver the event. But I am confident that after this weekend, those criticisms have been silenced.
“Dockyard was a breathtaking venue and I am proud to say we stepped up, as I knew we would, using our skills, talent, teamwork and experience to deliver this event. So thank you again to the thousands of Bermudians who, in one way or another contributed to making this event possible.”
Mr Dunkley also praised the organising team for their “tireless work” in bringing the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda to life.
He added: “So much has been done in so little time. And for that, we must extend appreciation to everyone involved in the staging of this outstanding world event.”
The Premier also urged Bermudians to support the island's Red Bull home team when they get set to compete in a week's time.
“Whether on land or water, I hope all of Bermuda shows up to support our Red Bull Youth America's Cup team which will see our young people competing with others from around the world for the championship. Team BDA, we are all with you and wish you every success,” he said.