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Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup

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By Euronews
Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup

<p>Bermuda has been chosen by defending champions <span class="caps">BMW</span> Oracle to stage the 2017 America’s Cup.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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”.</p> <p><span class="caps">BMW</span> Oracle successfully defended their title last year in a thrilling contest.</p> <p>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.</p>