The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda have meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup have had to be postponed.
According to the AC website report forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening on Friday. With the safety of the sailors in spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to postpone Friday’s events. Saturday, May 27th and the days following are all forecast to have significantly improved weather conditions, so the four races scheduled to take place tomorrow will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.
The Official Opening Ceremony will not take place on Saturday, May 27th, starting at 8:30pm, following the three time Grammy Award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage at the AC Village which starts at 5:15pm. The AC Village will close at 9:30pm. Gates will open at 11:30am on Saturday, with racing due to take place between 2pm and 5pm.
ACEA CEO Sir Russell Coutts, said: “We are obviously disappointed that the strong winds mean we have had to postpone day one of the 35th AC. This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sellout crowd. Our primary concern however, is always safety for everyone involved in the AC. We are adding an hour to the race window on both Saturday and Sunday to run extra races with the aim of getting back on schedule. There are still tickets available at the weekend, although not in all categories, so we are hoping Friday’s ticket holders will still get the chance to enjoy what should be an incredible opening weekend.”
As the AC Village will not open on May 26th, all ticket holders for the AC Village, Grandstand seats, Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar and Longtail Lounge and Official Spectator Boat ticket holders will automatically receive a refund within the next ten days. Should those ticket holders wish to attend another day, tickets will need to be purchased separately for this day and can be booked at www.americascup.com/tickets.
Ticket holders for Friday’s ferry will also receive a full refund. Ticket holders for Saturday’s ferry can also rebook their ticket to a new time, should they wish, now that the Opening Ceremony is on Saturday.
Additional direct ferry runs to the AC Village before and after racing have been added to the Saturday schedule to increase capacity, and there are some updates in the existing timetable due to the changes in the AC schedule, which will be communicated directly to those existing ticket holders, or can be found at www.acbda.bm.
Additional ferry runs will also be added to the regular public schedule from Hamilton to the Dockyard Ferry terminal on Saturday. From Dockyard, the public can either get a free shuttle train from in front of the Clocktower Mall. ACBDA CEO Mike Winfield said: “We are grateful for the excellent working relationship we have with Marine and Ports and we thank them for their flexibility in ensuring that AC spectators have a reliable and convenient way to get to the AC Village.
“We recognize this is a late change due to weather and it likely won’t be the last. We are pleased to see the strong team work and dedication from Marine and Ports.
Other means of transport are by motorbike and private cars. As Saturday may be a sellout, local residents are also encouraged to ride their motorbike to the event as they can park for FREE and there is plenty of room at the Transportation Hub, near the entrance to the AC Village.
The AC Park n Ride program is $25 for all passengers when booked in advance, and must be pre-booked at Boaz Island Sports Field. It is $30 if booked within 12-hours of use.
Stay tuned to all AC channels for updates: www.americascup.com, Twitter and Facebook @americascup. Ongoing transportation information and updates are also available at: www.acbda.bm/transport. You may also follow AC Bermuda on Twitter @AC2017BDA for real-time updates.
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