Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda PHOTO: gotobermuda.com
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour seventh stage landed in Bermuda this week as the Argo Group Gold Cup got underway at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in the Capital’s Hamilton Harbour.
Bermuda is an island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 1070km from the coast of North Carolina, USA. The territory consists of 181 islands, with a total area of just over 50 square kilometres. It has a humid subtropical climate and is heated by the nearby Gulf Stream and westerly winds, which carry warm, humid air eastwards over the archipelago. The island is very susceptible to hurricanes with a climate that peaks in temperature at around 26 °C (86 °F) in October.
Bermuda's pink sand beaches and clear, blue waters are popular with tourists and there are a number of sightseeing attractions. Historic St George's is a designated World Heritage Site whilst scuba divers arrive from around the world arrive to explore numerous wrecks and coral reefs with virtually unlimited visibility.
Bermuda's most popular visitor attraction is the Royal Naval Dockyard, which includes the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Other attractions include the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, Botanical Gardens, lighthouses, and the Crystal Caves. For the competing sailors however, the focus remains solely on the water.