Improved Weather for Bermuda Race:
Newport, RI (June 17, 2016) – Last minute preparations were underway early for the Newport Bermuda Race fleet getting ready for the first warning of the 50th Thrash to the Onion Patch at 2:50PM EDT this afternoon.
The start is later than previous races because the timing of the tide. There are 17 Classes this year. If all goes well, the first start, the 4-boat Spirit of Tradition Division, will start at 3:00PM. Subsequent starts are planned at 10 minute intervals as posted on the event website Starting Order.
Race organizers and competitors have been concerned about rough weather in and south of the Gulf Stream on the course to Bermuda. Race Chairman AJ Evans, Princip…
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Will the America’s Cup Rescue Bermuda’s Economy?:
by Eric Platt, Financial Times
(June 17, 2016) – Bermuda’s decision to host one of the America’s Cup World Series events late last year drew thousands of spectators to Front Street, the bustling waterfront area framed by picturesque pastel cottages. Yachting’s most prestigious competition also brought a glimmer of hope to the island of 65,000 after six years of recession.
Its languishing travel and hospitality industry sprung back to life, with tourism expenditures on things such as food and souvenirs climbing nearly a third in October. By the end of 2015, Bermuda was expected to record its first annual expansion since the financial crisis.
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