BTA Joins City To Present SailGP Street Fest

May 6, 2022 | 1 Comment

[Updated - Event postponed until Thursday] The Bermuda Tourism Authority has partnered with the City of Hamilton to host SailGP Street Fest from 7pm to 10pm on Wednesday, May 11th,

A spokesperson said, “On Wednesday, May 11 the alfresco dining event will take over a Front Street block, bounded by Burnaby and Parliament Street, and will feature entertainment, vendors, community sailing clubs, boat displays, and a salute to Bermuda’s maritime heritage.”

Charles H. Jeffers II, Chief Executive Officer at the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said, “The island is buzzing with excitement as we countdown to the return of SailGP in Bermuda. SailGP will be bigger and better with exciting hospitality experiences for visitors and locals at the Cross Island Event Village.

“The SailGP Street Fest is an opportunity to engage our visitors at an event that fuses the excitement of SailGP racing, Bermuda’s rich history of ocean racing, and the unique Bermudian experiences that our visitors rave about.”

The spokesperson said, “While Front Street will be at the heart of the action, Hamilton Harbour will be the backdrop, brimming with boating activity throughout the event. The evening will start with the debut appearance of an F50 foiling across the harbour from SailGP newcomer, Team Canada. The Canadians will make the Front Yard venue their home base during the festivities.

“The Spirit of Bermuda will be cruising through Hamilton waters and is expected to mark the occasion with the firing of a cannon from the sloop. An exciting addition to the festivities will be the weekly Wednesday Night Fleet Racing repositioning its course from the Great Sound to start and end at the Front Street flagpole so that diners and pedestrians can enjoy the sailing competition.”

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Dwayne Caines, CEO at the Corporation of Hamilton said, “The City of Hamilton is delighted to support our partners at the Bermuda Tourism Authority for this Front Street spectacle. Hosting this celebration in the heart of the City is a perfect way to launch the SailGP campaign and connect our visitors and locals with the City’s vibrant businesses.

“Hamilton has a rich history as a maritime port dating back to our island’s early beginnings and we are proud to provide sponsorship support for this internationally-acclaimed event which pays tribute to that continued legacy.”

The spokesperson said, “Artifacts of Bermuda’s sail racing heritage will be featured courtesy of the local maritime community. Bermuda’s grassroots sailing clubs will present their comet class fleet, and attendees can enjoy displays of Bermuda’s fitted dinghy and the International One Design sailing vessels. The Bermuda Powerboat Association will also be onsite with a display of both the powerful Win Race Jr Boat and 28 Skater S22 vessels.

“Alfresco dining will be available at participating restaurants including Flanagan’s, Astwood Arms, Port O’ Call, Bermuda Bistro at the Beach and in anticipation of a surge in demand, reservations are strongly encouraged. Tables will be available on the street with live performances by Working Title Band and DJ Chubb. Vendors will be selling art, crafts, snacks, and desserts throughout the night, while Goslings will provide cocktails for festivalgoers. Specialty dessert truck, Mix & Roll, will be a featured vendor for the event.

“SailGP Street Fest will take place on Wednesday, May 11 from 7pm – 10pm. Front Street will be reserved for pedestrians between Burnaby Hill and Parliament Street from 6pm. Limited vendor spots are available and interested parties that meet the criteria are invited to apply for the remaining spots by May 8th to”

Update May 9, 7.30pm: The BTA said, “With inclement weather expected on Wednesday, organisers of the SailGP Street Fest have postponed the Front Street festivities until Thursday, May 12. The event will be held in the lead up to Bermuda Sail Grand Prix which takes place May 14 – 15.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “The Bermuda Tourism Authority has partnered with the City of Hamilton to host SailGP Street Fest from 7pm to 11pm on Wednesday, May 11th,”

    No, no, no! This must not be allowed! We are giving away millions we do not have to a bunch of white billionaires!

    Everyone line Front Street! Stop this madness!

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