What’s the America’s Cup? That’s the same question I had in 2014 when Bermuda was announced as the location for its 35th World Series event which took place this summer. For over 150 years, international sailing teams have been competing for possession of the exclusive Americas Cup trophy – an immaculate figure made of silver which isn’t to be touched by bare hands. It travels in its own Luis Vuitton case and is normally handled with care by two guards wearing white gloves.
The America’s Cup Village (AC) opened up in June where hundreds of spectators watched a series of sailing regattas for about one month, while participating in some of the attractions the village had to offer. There were specially themed days like women’s day, and concerts featuring artists like NeYo and Kes. The event was covered nationally by NBC Sports.
My time in the AC village was well spent – visiting the Bermuda tourism booth where I graciously received a Rum Swizzle flavored lip balm, sitting comfortably under an umbrella on an extremely comfortable bean bag chair on blue turf and enjoying a cool bubbly beverage at the Moet bar.
On Saturday, Bailey’s Bay and St. David’s battled on the cricket field in what one would consider to be the semi-finals of the County Game series. Teams representing different areas of Bermuda play in matches throughout the Summer for possesion of the championship cup.
I’m not a cricket expert in fact, I rarely watch the sport, but this game was a good one with St. David’s pulling through for the win from being behind by about 26 runs.
The games are also a social experience with plenty spectators, food and music.
This month I attended the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester NY. This was my first time attending a PGA tournament. I was amidst the crowd that you would see on TV for three out of four days the tournament took place.
Watching the professional golfers in real time, as expected, was a much different experience than watching them on screen and the energy from the crowd was intriguing. Some of the players I followed were Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and winner, Jason Dufner. I was amazed to see the excitement the tournament brought to the city of Rochester for many different people of all ages. (The Buffalo Bills training camp was also taking place nearby earlier in the week). Walking the course was a workout but, for my first PGA tournament I enjoyed it.
Jason Dufner will now join Adam Scott (Masters Champion), Justin Rose (U.S. Open Champion) and Padraig Harrington (in place of Phil Mickelson) in the 2013 PGA Grand Slam in Bermuda on October 15.
There were no cameras allowed on the greens but I managed to take a few photos.
This weekend, I attended the Women In Sports Expo at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hosted by the Bermuda National Athletic Association and the Bermuda Olympic Association. The purpose of the event was to highlight women in what is typically known as “a man’s world”, spotlight Bermudian female athletes and promote all around good health.
The expo began with a banquet on Friday night with guest speaker Lisa Leslie. The former player now co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks gave an inspirational speech about her life growing up and the support she had from her mother. She encouraged spectators to embrace their differences and to believe in themselves no matter what challenges they face. She also encouraged the audience to appreciate their craft and their present experiences because one never knows how it will effect their future and impact others. Lisa, a four time Olympic gold medalist, proclaimed Bermuda as her new favorite place, proclaiming to return in the near future with family and friends.
Saturday’s expo included exhibit booths of various organizations and sports groups, guest speakers and fun fitness demonstrations including Zumba, gymnastics, skipping and salsa.
Guest speakers included Bermudian Olympic athletes – Arantxa King (Long Jump -Track & Field), Paula Lewin (Sailing), Jenaya Wade-Fray (Basketball) and Jessica Lewis (Paralympian). Other guest speakers included Bermuda’s first Carifta Games medalist Branwen Smith-King (Assistant Director of Athletics – Tufts University, Bermudian),Teresa Perrozi (Boxing Middleweight World Chamption, Bermudian), Bermudian Track & Field record holder Debbie Hunter, Anjali Forber Pratt (American Paralymmpian), Pauline Thompson (Gold Medalist- Track & Field from Bahamas), Chrissie Wellington (Ironman Triathlon World Champion) and Bonnie Bernstein (American Sports journalist, former ESPN correspondent and Vice President of Content and Brand Development of Campus Insiders).
Each speaker spoke about their accomplishments, how they reached their goals, and the strength it takes as women to preserver in sports. All of these women are great examples to young girls of what they can become in the future; not just as a professional athlete but as a strong, well rounded individual.
Yesterday I supported friends at the Par 3 Bacardi World Championship at the Turtle Hill Golf Club Fairmont Southampton Bermuda . In its fourth year, the event was a success with participants from all over the world. On Sunday I followed Camiko Smith as he played, and acted as his caddy when showers down poured for the remainder of the afternoon. He tied for 7th place in the pro division while another friend, Jevon Roberts won the amateur division.
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