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Friday, May 5, 2017

America's Cup boats 2017

The teams that will challenge Oracle for the 35th America's Cup are gathering and preparing at Dockyard in Bermuda. While it is difficult to get close to the boats in the harbour because of security and even more difficult to get close to them on the water because of their sheer speed..

Most of the team bases are in a row. In the morning all the boats, except the Swedish, Artemis Racing and Emiratis NZ were in the water. The other boats are Oracle  USA, Softbank Japan, Land Rover /BAR UK and Groupama France.

Susan persuaded a security guard to escort her in to the village for a reasonably close shot of the Team GB boat. There is a substantial GB base here and the motto is "Bring the cup home".

In the afternoon, as we took the ferry from Dockyard to Hamilton, several of the boats were out on the water. However only  Groupama France, came close enough to the ferry to get a recognisable photo!

Some of the AC45 boats which will participate in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup after the main event were also out practicing. Since 2013 there has been a great emphasis on youth sailing and community involvement from the participating countries.