Strong Bermuda flavour to America's Cup opening ceremony

Full details have been announced today about the line-up for the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup, taking place on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village in the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, from 8.30pm on Friday 26th May. Tickets for the Opening Ceremony are available now from

In the Opening Ceremony, Bermudian musical legend Gene Steede will be joined by the band of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the H&H Gombeys and Gombey Evolution, Live Wires and the cast of “Proud to be Bermudian”. These acts combine to mark the Opening Ceremony as a truly Bermudian celebration in the home of the 35th America’s Cup.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by David Durham of Yhoshi Productions and the Musical Director will be John Woolridge, both with huge experience of staging shows of this caliber in Bermuda.

Gene Steede explained what it means to him to be part of the official Opening Ceremony for the 35th America’s Cup, saying, “The America’s Cup is going to be an in incredible event and I am so proud to be part of the show that will start the America’s Cup. It has been a while since I last performed and I cannot wait to be part of the show in front of the crowds who will come out to the America’s Cup Village for day one of racing the Opening Ceremony on 26th May. It is going to be a huge party and I’m sure it will be the perfect start to the events that will turn the eyes of the world on our Bermuda home throughout May and June.”

After the opening acts have performed, 4-Forty-1, the official band of the 35th America’s Cup, will take to the stage to continue the party that will end at 10.30pm with a spectacular fireworks display. Red Bull skydivers will also be making an appearance, dropping in from the skies above Bermuda to join the party that will be taking place in the America’s Cup Village.

Before the Opening Ceremony starts at 8.30pm, the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers will begin at 5.00pm with Jimmy “Pitbull” Spithill and ORACLE TEAM USA taking on Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France in race one, with the on-water action scheduled to end at 7.00pm.

From 7.00pm until the Opening Ceremony starts at 8.30pm a range of Bermudian musical talent will perform, including Cindy Smith, John Seymour, Liv MisLu, Desmond “Rivah” Smith, John Seymour, Aimee Bento and Quinn Outerbridge.

Tickets to the opening day of the 35th America’s Cup are available now from and start at just $10 for Bermuda residents. The full range of spectator experiences are available via the ticket website for 26th May and give access to the Opening Ceremony and the on-water action which starts that day at 5.00pm. Tickets are also available for all dates the America’s Cup Village is open between 26th May and 27th June and full details can be found at

On 26th May, the America’s Cup Village will open for business at 3.00pm and will close after the Opening Ceremony and party ends at 10.030pm.

EDITOR'S NOTE: It is to be hoped that ACEA has learned from the woeful opening ceremony in San Francisco which was frankly an embarrassment for such a prestigious event. More than half the audience had left before the end. Most, including me, still cringe at the truly amateur production that launched with a whimper what would become one of the legendary events in sailing history.

– Roger McMillan

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