Bermuda has been chosen by defending champions BMW Oracle to stage the 2017 America’s Cup.
The British Overseas Territory which will be just the ninth different host of the race, beat San Diego for the right to stage the 35th edition.
It’s the first time a US defending champion has chosen to contest the next edition outside the United States but 2013 winning skipper Jimmy Spithill gave his full backing to the decision.
Spithill said: “It’s about getting the fans, the spectators on the sidelines – like at a football match. And this race course allows that. The downside of San Francisco, as great as it was last time, as a race track was you couldn’t see the entire race track. And that’s a big flaw when fans and spectators… the great thing about Bermuda is you can see the entire track”.
BMW Oracle successfully defended their title last year in a thrilling contest.
Britain’s Sir Ben Ainslie, who will skipper Team Bar in 2017, played a key role in the syndicate’s stunning final day comeback to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand in the tie-breaking 19th race to win sailing’s most prestigious prize.