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Almost go time

As we countdown to the 35th America’s Cup The Royal Gazette will bring you a series of fun facts about the boats, the sailors, the crew, and the history of this illustrious competition. There is now just one day until the month-long sporting spectacle gets under way.

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here; ever since the announcement was made in 2014 that one of the world’s largest sporting events was coming to our island everything has been building up to this point.

Thousands of man hours, millions of dollars, and plenty of blood, sweat and tears have been shed getting us here. For Bermuda this is a moment to savour, and celebrate.

The racing is scheduled to start at 5pm tomorrow and the opening ceremony that follows will highlight the talents of some of the island’s top musicians, eight of whom have come together to form 4-Forty-1; the band that will perform throughout the event.

Local vendors will showcase their wares in the America’s Cup Village, further showing the global audience of millions the talent that rests on these shores.

On the water our island’s proud sailing history will be on display too, as Team BDA competes in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup alongside the best sailors that the world has to offer.

For the next four weeks the eyes of the world will be on our island home; let’s do ourselves proud.