WISH WE WERE THERE: ONE YEAR TILL CLIPPER RACE VISITS BERMUDA
This week should have seen the fleet arriving into Bermuda, the Clipper Race’s first visit to this vibrant island destination. With the race now rescheduled to visit in summer 2021, Host Port Partner Bermuda Tourism Authority, has been sharing the scoop on the very best places Race Crew will be able to explore.
After a month at sea, racing through the unpredictable conditions expected through the Caribbean and off the East Coast of the United States, Bermuda will provide a calm pace of life. This subtropical sanctuary, with its laid-back rhythm, has everything needed for some R&R.
One of the best places to explore on a visitor’s first day in Bermuda is Gibbs Lighthouse which boasts the best views of the island. Race Crew will be able to get their walking muscles reengaged as they climb the 185-step spiral staircase and take in what will be their island retreat for the next week.
Next up, a visit to Horseshoe Bay is a must. It isn’t named ‘most instagrammed beach’ for nothing (an accolade it shares with Whitehaven Beach in The Whitsundays, Australia), with its long sweeping pink sandy beach. Life as Clipper Race Crew is intense so a few lazy hours here should restore the energy banks for the upcoming Homecoming Leg.
Bermuda only takes about an hour to drive from end to end, so a popular choice for getting around is to hire a fun two-seater electric car. This eco way to explore allows a leisurely pace as the maximum speed limit on the island is 22 miles per hour. Take a tour of St Georges, the oldest continuously occupied British settlement in the New World. The town, along with a number of forts, and historic sites around it are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Famous for its sunsets, there are many places to enjoy a sundowner along Bermuda’s coastline. Grab yourself a seat at an alfresco bar to enjoy the sky’s free lightshow. The hardest decision you’ll have to make that evening is on the cocktail list. Bermuda has two signature cocktails to choose from, making the most of its locally blended rum. Try sailor’s favourite ‘Dark n Stormy®’ or a fruity ‘Rum Swizzle’ - a very happy hour can be spent sharing boat stories with the locals.
Along with being a Host Port, Bermuda also has an team entry in the Clipper 2019-20 Race. The GoToBermuda yacht design evokes the vibrant colour palette of the island—from its famous pink sand beaches to its alluring turquoise waters.
To find out more about this top destination for both sailing and luxury holidays, visit GotoBermuda.com. You’ll find a range of itineraries to enjoy Bermuda’s 21 miles of paradise.