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With less than four months to go the 35th America's Cup is right around the corner.

Have you bought your tickets yet? Maybe you're confused as to which days to attend, or which category of tickets to buy?

Here, we breakdown the ticket categories and give you insider tips on which days are the best to attend the America's Cup Village. There are six different ticket categories, from basic entry to the village, up to a top-of-the-line VIP experience.


Any day in the America's Cup Village promises to be a good day, but there are days where the action will be spectacular. Opening weekend, for instance, is a great time to check out the action. The first race is on May 26 at 2pm with Oracle Team USA, the Cup holders, battling Groupama Team France. The other four teams will also battle it out on the Great Sound. Closing weekend will also be a popular date as everyone wants to see who will walk away as winners of the 35th America's Cup.

America's Cup Village

In order to enter the hub of all activity for the month-long extravaganza, you will need to buy a ticket for the America's Cup Village. This space, located in Dockyard, will be surrounded by the six team bases and will host a range of local food and beverage options, entertainment and views of the racecourse finish line, as well as big screens so fans can follow all the action as it unfolds on the Great Sound.

It's important to note that these tickets are only for access to the AC Village and do not include a seat for watching the races. Tickets start at $10 for Bermuda residents and $5 for children. Additionally, there are family passes for two adults and two children, starting at just $24 for local families.

Grandstand Seating

A Grandstand ticket equals a seat and will also allow access to the AC Village. Ticket holders will be able to watch the action from the comfort of their own seat in the official Grandstand, located right on the waterfront. A dedicated big screen will mean Grandstand ticket holders will not miss a second of the action, and with the racecourse finish line mere metres from the Grandstand, tickets to the facility will be in high demand. Tickets start at $70 and children under five can enter for free with their parent's ticket. It's important to note that seats are not reserved and ticket holders are encouraged to come early on race days. Tickets for June 24 and 25 are already sold out.

Official Spectator Boats

If you want to be on the water watching the races, an official spectator boat ticket is what you should buy. Situated as close as possible on the racecourse, the spectator boats will offer unrivalled views of the racing, as well as food and beverage options available to purchase on board. Prices start at $150 for adults and $75 for children. Boats will depart from Hamilton or Dockyard and spend three hours on the water. These tickets do not give access to the AC Village. Tickets are sold out for June 24 and 25.

Longtail Lounge

For the crème de la crème of the America's Cup, purchase a ticket to the Longtail Lounge. This is the place to see and be seen — the full VIP experience. You and your guests can relax in the informal waterside surroundings and enjoy a complimentary bar and delicious buffet lunch. The private viewing deck is perfect for watching the boats fly towards the finish line and with televisions throughout the Lounge, you won't miss a minute of the action. To book, please e-mail

Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar

Another VIP option is the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar. With a viewing terrace and striking views over the Great Sound, your ticket will include a delicious buffet lunch and official America's Cup merchandise. Ticket price does not include beverages, but does include access into the AC Village. Tickets start at $150.

Private Boat Registration

Maybe you've looked at all the options and would prefer to take your own boat out to watch the races. There will be a designated spectator zone on the racecourse where local boat owners are encouraged to register their boats. Boat registration is $35 for boats under 40 feet, and boats 40 feet and over are $15 per foot.

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Published February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am (Updated February 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm)

Plenty of ways to watch the action

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