Video: ‘First Look’ At America’s Cup Village

May 21, 2017

With the America’s Cup set to get underway this coming Friday, the organisers released a video offering a ‘first look’ at the America’s Cup Village, where thousands of fans are expected to gather to watch the action and enjoy the entertainment.

“The America’s Cup Village is based in Bermuda’s historic Royal Naval Dockyard and is situated on a nine acre reclamation site, also known as Cross Island,” the organisers said.

“The building project began back in November 2015, and the construction process, Bermuda’s largest land reclamation project since World War II, has seen the America’s Cup Village arise from the water thanks to the monumental efforts of hundreds of people, including over 155 Bermudian construction workers on the project.

“The result is an incredible home for the 35th America’s Cup, the America’s Cup Village that, come opening day on May 26th, will be awash with colour, sound and spectacle as thousands of fans help to celebrate Bermuda’ starring role in staging the greatest race on water.

Here are some of the numbers the ACEA provided about the America’s Cup Village:

  • 150,000 cubic yards of material was dredged from the North Channel and deposited in Dockyard’s South Basin.
  • 7 shipments [entire shiploads of gravel brought in by large gravel ships] of crushed granite fill was imported from Canada. Each load contained 35,000mts [metric tons], making a total of 245,000mts. This equates to approximately 165,000 cubic yards of material.
  • Almost five miles of pipes, conduits and cabling, and countless man hours have gone into the construction of the America’s Cup Village
  • Nearly 200 sea containers have arrived in the America’s Cup Village in April and early May
  • Over 400 truck shuttle runs have been made from Hamilton to Dockyard
  • There have been 1011 crane lifts on the America’s Cup Village site, helping to move materials into position
  • The open cell sheet pile wall is made up of 36 interlocking ‘cells’ and contains 1800 piles weighing 2350 tonnes which were driven in by vibratory hammer rigs. The piles were fabricated in the USA and delivered by ship direct to King’s Wharf in Bermuda where they were off-loaded onto trailers and delivered to the America’s Cup Village site
  • 1370 lineal feet, [the length along outer edge] of capping beam was cast on the pile wall
  • 1250 lineal feet of splash wall was cast on top of the existing South Basin arm to provide protection from storm conditions.
  • 100 big umbrellas and sail shades, 4 giant screens and 80 flat screen TVs have been installed across the America’s Cup Village to give fans the best viewing and comfort in the village.

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  1. My job says:

    As I look at the video and see what is there I can say I did a good job helping out to make this event great in. Bermuda # team bda # team oracal

  2. puzzled says:

    Wow!!!! All that?

    Tell Mr. Burt to lay off a bit.

    • 2025 plan says:

      He’ll find a way to try and ruin the event.

      • Unbelievable says:

        @2025 plan – Or take the glory. You just watch.

        • Madog says:

          May 21, 2017
          I will take debt over racism any day…Go Burt get rid of the OBA they are no good for the people of Bermuda…We are starting to go back to the 50s and 60s….peppers spraying our seniors for protesting peacefully and the list goes on and on they must go!!!!!

          The American cup won’t heal the racial divide in this country!!!!

    • Onion Juice says:

      Lay off for what, its his duty to make sure ALL benefit from this, not just de selected few.

      • FUI says:

        he also has a duty to the rest of us that DONT support him his views or that of his party

        • Onion Juice says:

          Democracy at its best, unlike de other party that sneaks in Parliment at 5:00 in de morning and making suspect deals.

          • Mike Hind says:

            You mean like Dr Brown tried to do with the gambling bill? Or are we supposed to forget that in order to buy your”OBA BAAAD!” Narrative?

            Both parties are shady as hell. Don’t try to play like it’s only one!

            • Just the facts says:

              Don’t forget how our friends, the Uighers, arrived here. Was that all on the “up and up?”
              Oh, right, I almost forgot “we had to deceive you.” Right. Yea, that’s the definition of “suspect deals” right there Onion Juice.

          • Trawling says:

            You say sneaks in at 5am…some one call that being outsmarted.

          • Zevon says:

            You’re the party that blocks parliament. Suddenly you pretend to support democracy?

          • Anbu says:

            They got to work early ya meepert. Normally that is viewed as a positive thing OJ.

          • wahoo says:

            They went there to work for us. Gotta like their work ethic.

      • Unbelievable says:

        There is ZERO anything the PLP or David Burt can do about the America’s Cup. They actually are bigger than the PLP. And the OBA for that matter.

      • be realistic says:

        not just THE selected few…Not ‘de’

  3. Triangle Drifter says:

    The thought & organisation that has gone into this event is simply phenomenal. There are hundreds of people giving up tens of thousands of hours of their time at no pay save for T shirts, back packs, hats & lunches. Thank them. The amount of prep work done in such a short period of time would normally be thought impossible in Bermuda.

    We are 5 days away from the putting it together crew turning it over to the making it happen crew. Nothing remotely like this has ever been hosted by Bermuda before. Everyone who has been, or is about to be, involved can take a bow.

    The few negative people will be the few negative people. They can go sit under a tree somewhere & moan that they did not jump onboard when they had the chance.

    • Onion Juice says:

      And giving away Millions of Dollars hoping we make it back with a profit.

      • Mike Hind says:

        Yeah. That’s called INVESTMENT! Do you really not have any idea how ANYTHING works?

        • Onion Juice says:

          So we have to wait for a year or so before we hear that it was a success.

          • Mike Hind says:

            Well, considering I’m making around half a year’s money in one month, simply by hustling and doing my job well – no friends and family here, I can assure you! – I’d call it a success. As would many of the people out there kicking butt and working as many hours as they can, as well as the many people whose jobs were created because of the AC.

            So keep whingeing like a spoiled child because you want your political party back in power. The rest of us will do the work and take care of our country.

      • Trawling says:

        Show one example where the PLP did that before you point fingers and complain Onion Juice.

        I will mention a few that come to mind , but feel free to mention any others. What was return on investment for
        1)Faith Based Tourism
        2)Beyoncé Tourism Concert
        3)Diaspora Tourism
        4)Black Mayors Conference
        5)Globalhue Tourism Campaign

        Remind us what they cost?
        How many Tourists they attracted?
        How many jobs they created and for how long?
        How many Bermudians benefited?
        Oh and how many DIDN’T end up in court.

        Onion Juice?? You there!? We await.

      • Zevon says:

        A bit like giving $29m to Global Hue.

        • bee says:

          we ALL know what that payment to Global Hue was for.

  4. Madge says:

    I think David Burt,and the rest of the so called progressive Labour Party need to stop and think what is best for BERMUDA..not is what is best for their own personal agenda…WAKE UP YOU LOT..

    • Onion Juice says:

      We are WOKE, we can see through de friends and family investment.

      • Mike Hind says:

        Man, you are about the least woke person I’ve ever encountered! Come on. You at least have to wake up in order to be woke!

      • be realistic says:

        We are AWAKE, not ‘woke’

  5. Y-Gurl says:

    2 plus hour wait for food during the friendly user test yesterday, that was 2,500 people, how the hell are they going to cope with 10,000 people next week…..embarrassing

    • MrsP says:

      You don’t know how something is going to work until all your theory is put into practice. Yesterday was a test run and I can guarantee without knowing any of the vendors personally that they will be doing things differently next week. It was free to us and priceless to the organisers.

    • loco says:


    • A Chap called Vanz says:

      Was the food free?

  6. Golden child says:

    Time will tell

  7. Bank Staff says:

    Butterfield and Catin XL were there on Saturday from 2-5pm, it was a nice event and the Village looked great and should be a great event but there was a big issue with the food. It was taking all the food vendors an hour to get food to people. They need to work on this quick if not they will be in big trouble, cause there is no shade for the lines and no one likes standing in the sun for an hour just to get a pizza.

    • bee says:

      eat before you go!

    • Mike Hind says:

      I have a feeling that they did that as a run through, to figure out where the kinks are.