The 35th America's Cup
I realised that I never mentioned exactly why I had spent a week on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. You see, from the end of May to last night, Bermuda was home to the 35th America's Cup, the ultimate sailing race and the oldest trophy in international sport. Mum's work is in connection with Land Rover BAR, the British challenger, and so as soon as my second year at university had finished, we flew out to watch the remaining races for the British boat.
We arrived in time to watch the beginning of the Challenger semis between Emirates Team New Zealand and Land Rover BAR (Britain), and Artemis Racing (Sweden) and Softbank Team Japan. Sadly the British boat couldn't keep up with the high standards that New Zealand had set, and after a couple of days, Britain were out. It was pretty devastating, but in sport there can only be one winner, and it was good to see the team in and around the base with their heads held high.
After a day off racing, it was then time to watch the Challenger between New Zealand and the winner of the other semi-finals, Sweden. I was routing for Sweden, since I felt like they were the underdogs, and it would have been exciting to watch an upset. However New Zealand continued on their winning streak and emerged as the winning Challenger. They now had a week to prepare before racing against the Defender, Oracle Team USA.
In the meantime, we had a couple of days left in Bermuda, and I was massively excited to watch one of my oldest friends Annabel race in the Youth America's Cup. Our parents have been the longest of friends and although she's a year or two older than me, we were pretty much raised up as sisters when we were younger. I was over the moon to see her win the cup as part of the youth British team, and it was made even more special as she was the only girl in the whole competition.
Before I knew it, it was time to wave goodbye, and leave this beautiful island. I was sad to be missing out on watching the finals, but I had already booked a flight to the south of France which I couldn't miss. The first matches of the final took place over the weekend, and it looks as though Emirates Team New Zealand may just have the advantage when it comes to speed!