London, UK (Saturday 28th September): Argo Group Gold Cup is fifth stage of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club from 7th October to 13th October. Sailing takes place in Hamilton Harbour and is close enough to shore for spectators to enjoy! Bermuda is a unique island located in the North Atlantic which enjoys lovely subtropical weather. As we are only nine days away from the start of this penultimate event on the tour we have been enjoying learning more about the beautiful island of Bermuda so we thought we would share some of these interesting facts with you!
10 – number of International One Design boats used for the Argo Group Gold Cup
9 – number of active IOD fleets across the world.
20 – number of teams competing for the King Edward VII Gold Cup
1844 – the year the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club was established. It is a private club and the third oldest club with a Royal Warrant outside of the British Isles
1505 – the year Spanish Sea Captain Juan de Bermudez discovered Bermuda
181 – total number of islands which make up Bermuda totalling 53.3 square km’s
5000 – number of prisoners of war imprisoned in Bermuda by the British during the Boer War
1930 – the year the first plane reached Bermuda
9 – number of Parishes Bermuda into which is divided
65,000 – the approximate population
1 – only one car per household allowed in Bermuda!
2000 – the year St. George’s was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
12 – number of inches of the smallest draw bridge in the world and is located in Bermuda!
400 – approximate number of shipwrecks surrounding Bermuda dating back to the 16thcentury
18 – the age at which Bermudian men are subjected to conscription into the Bermuda Regiment
75 – miles of coastline
6 – Bermuda shorts cannot be shorter than 6 inches above the knee
1844 – Gibb’s Hill lighthouse was constructed and is now the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world
1877 – Mark Twain visited Bermuda and said: “You can go to Heaven if you want to, I’ll stay here in Bermuda”!
1790 – the year Hamilton was made the capital city replacing historical St. George’s
1937 – the year King Edward VII Gold Cup was first presented. It is the oldest Match Racing Trophy in the world involved one design yachts!
ADDITIONAL FUN FACTS:
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is Britain’s oldest colony
Bermuda has one of the world’s highest GDP per capita
Bermuda is the northern most point of the Bermuda Triangle! The other two points are Miami and Puerto Rico
It enjoys a subtropical climate despite its location. However it does find itself in a hurricane belt and can be prone to serious weather.
In the 16th century Bermuda became known as the Isle of Devils. This is accredited to a combination of stormy weather, hazardous reefs and the raucous noise of the local Cahow birds which could be heard offshore. Sailors misinterpreted these noises as spirits!
One cannot rent a car in Bermuda! Tourists can get around on foot, by taxi, ferry, bus or scooter!
May 24th is Bermuda Day! Traditionally the first day of the year Bermudians go swimming in the sea! It is also the start of the Bermuda Fitted Dinghy racing.
Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world
Rainfall generates the only fresh water source in Bermuda. Houses are fitted with water tanks and the shape of the roof allows the water to run into them.