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Bermuda Calendar for May 2017 Business Meetings, Happenings and Yacht Racing events

Monthly diary for visitors, for the fifth month of this calendar year

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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) exclusively for Bermuda Online

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For a fuller listing of daily events see The Royal Gazette daily newspaper's http://www.royalgazette.com/pdf/twib/twib_calendar.pdf

May 2017

Pembroke Parish crestBermuda Power Boat Race. Royal Naval Dockyard. 

Mini Folk Festival. On the lawn of the Bermuda Arts Centre, Royal Naval Dockyard 5pm to 7:30 pm.

 Bermuda Yoga Festival. Grotto Bay Beach Resort 11 Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton, CR04.

May 1-7. Bermuda International Film Festival. (20th annual in 2017). Two films about 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson will open the 20th anniversary edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival. Documentary My Letter to the World will share the opening night slot on May 1 with Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive poet and Emma Bell as a young Dickinson. Other feature films to be screened in Bermuda include German street-smart movie Tiger Girl, indie genre flick Super Dark Times, UK rural drama The Levelling; Belgian festival hit Flemish Heaven; Mexican film Everything Else, Swedish Oscar-nominee A Man Called Øve, and Bermuda-produced abduction drama By Any Means. The first part of the 20th Bermuda International Film Festival will close with the UK film The Hippopotamus, based on the novel by Stephen Fry. “We’re very proud of the diverse line-up we have been able to assemble for the 20th anniversary of BIFF, one of the world’s most distinctive film festivals,” guest artistic director Nick Roddick said, “and especially pleased to have had so many high-quality shorts from which to make our final selection.” The list of short films that have been selected to be judged as part the Short Film Oscar® — Live Action Category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be announced later this week. As part of this year’s event, the BIFF will be hosting BerMovie day on May 7, featuring films made by Bermudians and Bermuda residents, inviting the public to submit their own short films. Patrice Horner of the BIFF purpose trust said: “The response from Bermudian film-makers has been significant. We had to limit the length to 30 mins in order to show as many as feasible. It should be a blast.” Meanwhile, BIFF chairman Rod Ferguson commented on how far the festival has come over the past 20 years, noting that this year’s event will be all digital. “We no longer have to receive these heavy reels, as BIFF has gone digital,” he said. “We have escaped the dark ages.” BIFF’s weeklong celebration of cinema consists of a slate of both narrative and documentary feature films, programmes of short films and provocative late night shows. In addition, there is the BIFF Kids programmes in the mornings for both primary and secondary school students. This year’s festival has screenings taking place at the Earl Cameron Theatre in City Hall. BIFF headquarters are on Front Street, Hamilton.

Habour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

May 4-7. Annual Devil’s Isle Paddle Board Challenge.  With the aim of helping highlight plastic pollution in the ocean. In a test of endurance, participants will paddleboard 40 miles around the island, launching from Snorkel Park. It is anticipated that the race could take between six and 13 hours. The event aims to raise funds for the educational component, the SUP’r Kids Paddling Programme, which is also making a return, giving schoolchildren the chance to learn the sport while gaining an understanding of the importance of ocean conservation. Christian Shaw and Gordon Middleton of Plastic Tides, which organizes the event, spoke about the hope of expanding paddleboarding to all public schoolchildren in Bermuda within the next five years. The Devil’s Isle Challenge will attract local and overseas paddleboarders who can form teams of up to eight to paddle around Bermuda, vying for the top spot. Every paddleboarder is asked to raise a minimum of $500 which will go towards the children’ programme.

Saturday, May 6. XL Catlin Bermuda End to End 2017. From 7 am. 30th anniversary in 2017. This year’s fundraising event will have money raised going towards four selected charities; the Adult Education School, Age Concern, Greenrock, and Raleigh. This year’s special anniversary award charities are the Bermuda Society for the Blind, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and YouthNet. When it first began, it was a grassroots effort, three fellows challenging their friend to see if they could walk from one end of the island to the other, which at the time was quite unusual. Since its inception, the event has provided more than $5 million to charities through 190 grants. Participants collect pledges and pick which discipline they want to compete in — walking, cycling, swimming, rowing, or paddle boarding. Different course distances are also offered. “In the end, the great thing is that, because of all their endeavors, the charities get the benefit, Bermuda benefits, so all benefit.  For more information, call 292-6992 or visit bermudaendtoend.bm. In 2017 there will be 20 water stops along the route from Kindley Field Road to Gray’s Bay, with participants invited to vote for their favourite water stop. 

May 7-12. Hurricane Preparedness Week will be observed this week, the Ministry of National Security has advised. The Ministry said the event is happening earlier than usual due in part to the increased activity surrounding the America’s Cup and also to coincide with the United States’ hurricane awareness observation. Senator Jeff Baron, the national security minister, convened an Emergency Measures Organisation to review Government’s disaster readiness for the season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. EMO members in attendance included co-chair, Acting Police Commissioner Paul Wright, Deputy Governor Ginny Ferson, and key representatives from the Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, the Ministries of Public Works, Tourism Development and Transport, Social Development and Sport and Belco. Matters discussed included the Bermuda Weather Service’s 2017 storm overview, EMO agency readiness and Hurricane Preparedness Week activities. Mr Baron said in a press release: “Even though we are a few weeks away from the start of hurricane season, we felt it was important to convene an EMO meeting to assess our severe storm and hurricane protocols. As all of Bermuda can appreciate this is an incredibly busy time for our security services personnel, as representatives who are part of the EMO are also members of the Joint Agency Command Centre, the body charged with overseeing the safety and security of the America’s Cup. There has been a great deal of agency collaboration over these past several months, so what is evident is that our emergency readiness and protocols are current. Our island historically has prepared well for storms, however our message as we head into hurricane season is not to become complacent. And we encourage members of the public to tune into the Emergency Broadcast Station to learn more about various aspects of preparedness which we believe will greatly assist the community.” During Hurricane Preparedness Week, the Bermuda Government’s Emergency Broadcast Facility 100.1FM will air from 2pm to 2.30pm, and will feature daily preparedness information including the following:

May 7-8. Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York.  See www.acws-newyork.americascup.com. 2015-16 World Series circuit, Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza,230 Vesey Street, along the iconic Hudson River waterfront and across from the Statue of Liberty. America's Cup World Series Event Village, North Cove Marina, free public event. first time America's Cup Racing returns to New York in nearly 100 years. Land Rover BAR races against Oracle, the America’s Cup defender, Groupama Team France, New Zealand, France, Japan, all six teams. Finals to be held in Bermuda June 2017.

May 12-24. Antigua to Bermuda Race.

May 24-25. Public Holiday.  Bermuda Day and Bermuda Day Parade. 

May 25, Bermuda Heritage Day Public Holiday Parade. 1:30 pm through the streets of Hamilton. Led by the Band and Corps of Drums of the Bermuda Regiment. Half Marathon, an annual extravaganza, half marathon, first swim of the year for locals.

May 26-31. Tall Ships events in St George’s after they arrive, having raced from Sines, Portugal, birthplace of Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama, first to sail around the world. Events include a Pub Crawl, Art Walk, Blessing of the Boats, Cricket Festival and more before the vessels sail into Hamilton. The Tall Ships arrival was organised by Sail Training International. The ships sailed from Greenwich, London, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The fleet of over 30 large Class A and B Tall Ships gathered for four days on the River Thames at Greenwich and Woolwich before setting sail for Canada via Sines in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston. Vessels include those from Portugal, Spain, Holland, Germany and the UK. The three largest are the Santa Maria Manuela and the internationally famous Norwegian Christian Radich that richly earned its claim to fame in the gorgeous Windjammer musical voyage - (see http://www.wittkowsky.net/windjammer/wjamm2.htm and hear its superb overture by the American composer Merton Gould at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9u1sEU5DVc) and one of the home-sick songs by the Norwegian sailors at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOsn8X3HZRA and another at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DRRePKIPG4). The vessels leave St. George's for a spectacular arrival in Hamilton by June 1. 

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May 26. Bermuda hosts an important race for the final qualifiers of the 35th America’s Cup. The America’s Cup Village will open for business at 3pm and will close at 10.30pm, half an hour after the opening ceremony and party ends. The eyes of the world will turn to the iconic Great Sound where the best sailors on the fastest boats will battle for the oldest trophy in international sport. Musical legend Gene Steede will star at the opening ceremony. A host of other local entertainers will join Mr Steede to set the scene on the first night of the month-long event that brings the eyes of the world on Bermuda. The band of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, H&H Gombeys and Gombey Evolution and the cast of Proud to be Bermudian will provide entertainment. Comedian and entertainer Nadanja Bailey and Bermuda Tourism spokesman Glenn Jones have been named the two emcees for the night, as well as for every day that the America’s Cup Village is open between May 26 and June 27. From 7pm 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, Live Wire, John Seymour and Aimee Bento and Quinn Outerbridge. The official band of the 35th America’s Cup, 4-Forty-1, will take to the stage to continue the party until 10pm with a spectacular firework display. Red Bull skydivers will also make an appearance, dropping in from the skies to join the party. Tickets for the first day of racing and the official opening ceremony are available from www.americascup.com/tickets for as little as $10 for general admission tickets at local pricing. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers begin at 5pm with Jimmy 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 7pm. More local Bermudian musical acts will be announced in due course and will play on the main stage until the opening ceremony itself starts at 8.30pm.  Racing starts with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the top Challenger will meet Defending Champions ORACLE TEAM USA in the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton (beginning on 17th June, 2017) .In today's spectacle, Live performers, fireworks and Red Bull skydivers will help generate excitement in the America’s Cup Village when the sailing showpiece’s opening races take place Racing will start at 5pm, with America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA taking on Groupama Team France in the first match race. That battle will set the stage for races two, three and four of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, when all six teams will take each other on the water on the first day of racing. Artemis Racing will race against SoftBank Team Japan in race two; Groupama Team France against Emirates Team New Zealand in race three; and Land Rover BAR against Artemis Racing in race four. With each match race scheduled to last approximately 20 minutes, day one of the race schedule is provisionally due to conclude at 7pm. Then, all eyes will turn to the main stage in the America’s Cup Village where the official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will begin. Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup, said in a press release: “This is the perfect way to start what I believe is going to be the best America’s Cup yet. " Existing ticket holders for the America’s Cup race village or any other purchased spectator experiences today will be able to access the Opening Ceremony at no additional cost. The America’s Cup Village, from $20 per person, for entertainment, sailor autograph sessions, a kids zone and the best of Bermuda’s food and beverage. will open to all ticket holders from 3pm. To book your place for any of the following, visit www.americascup.com/tickets. Grandstand seating within the America's Cup Village from $70 per person, dedicated big screens and unrivaled views of the finish line from the comfort of a grandstand seat. Gosling's Dark & Stormy Bar, from $150. Enjoy the lively atmosphere at the go-to bar in the America’s Cup Village, includes a delicious lunch and official America’s Cup merchandise. Official Spectator Boats, from $150 per person. Spectacular views of the action from a front row position on the Great Sound America’s Cup racecourse. Longtail Lounge, from $700 per person. The place to go in the America’s Cup Village for a full VIP experience including complimentary food and beverage.

May 26-June 27. Racing in the America’s Cup 50ft catamarans is not all that is happening in Bermuda. Racing will also take place in O’Pen Bic, RS Feva and Hobie Wave America’s Cup Endeavour Junior Regattas, in AC45F catamarans for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and in superyachts and elegant J Class yachts, too. Junior America’s Cup half-time racers will be the centerpiece in the two-person RS Feva and Hobie Wave catamarans and the O’Pen Bic, a nine-foot dinghy sailed by a single youngster. All the skippers and crew are under 15 years of age. Courses will be set in the Great Sound as America’s Cup half-time shows and also in the Little Sound for fleet racing. The boats are the three classes being used in the America’s Cup Endeavour sailing programme in Bermuda, the America’s Cup event legacy. The results of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club’s O’Pen Bic Bermuda National Championship selected Bermuda sailors for that class. Three girls and three boys qualified for the Bermuda slots — Gabrielle Brackstone, Aiden Lopes, Sebastian Kempe, Genevieve Lau, Christopher Raymond and Jessie DeBraga. Lau, in Year 9 at Bermuda High School, said: “The America’s Cup regatta is not my first international competition. I just come back from opti racing in Lake Garda and the South American Optimist Championship in Paraguay, but I know this will be the most memorable one. I am a little nervous but it will be lots of fun and exciting to be able to sail in front of the big crowd at the AC village. The Un-Regatta for the Bermuda championship was one of the most fun regattas I have ever been to. I liked trying new tricks such as ducking under the ‘Bridge of Doom’ and not sticking by the usual race rules. I think the Endeavour programme and other junior sailing programmes have brought many more sailors and competitions to Bermuda, I am always seeing more new faces at sailing. I hope to meet new international friends through sailing and to let sailing take me to see the world as well as to have wonderful memories of my time in sailing.” Jessie DeBraga, who attends Warwick Academy in Year 7, added: “I have been sailing for four years. I started sailing Optimist sailboats then. Last year I started sailing O’Pen Bics. I feel proud of myself that I finished all of the races. The winds were very high which for me made it more enjoyable. It was my first time going through the ‘Bridge of Doom’. I feel that I mastered it in. It was a fun Un-Regatta. I sailed in the Opti Nationals back in November of last year and know the America’s Cup regatta is going to be an exhilarating experience. I can’t wait! This was my goal, to sail in the Americas Cup! I also would like to sail on a tall ship and travel the world one day, like my older sister. The Endeavour programme has given children a chance to learn how to sail. Not all children can afford to join these expensive sailing programmes. I hope that after the America’s Cup that someone will continue where they leave off.” The other 26 O’Pen Bic competitors come from Japan, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany each with one boy and one girl. North America will send nine youngsters including a minimum of two girls. The O’Pen Bic regatta will be the half-time show between the first and second races of the America’s Cup Finals June 17, as well as other O’Pen Bic Un-Regatta events being held on June 15 and 16. Fun is the main aim of Un-Regattas. They feature zigzag slalom legs and a passage under the “Bridge of Doom”. The AC half-time races will be sailed on a miniature America’s Cup course close to the village grandstand. The Endeavour RS Feva Regatta will be featured on June 18. They will also race on June 15 and 16. The RS Feva is a 12ft double-handed sailing dinghy. Bermudian juniors who have earned slots in the regatta are Helm Zaki Wolffe and Crew Teji Simmons, Helm Millie Lewis and Crew Laura Humpman, Helm Joanna Santiago and Crew Ruth Mello-Cann. International girls two-person teams will be representing the Netherlands, United States, and Great Britain. International boys teams will represent Guatemala, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Britain, and Canada. Mixed teams will represent Australia, Sweden, Britain, and New Zealand. The third Endeavour Junior Regatta will be held in the 13ft two-person Hobie Wave catamaran. They sail their half-time show race on June 24 and fleet race in the Little Sound on June 22 and 23. Each Hobie Wave will be crewed by two boys or girls, or a mixed pair. The goal is to have an equal mix of males and females. Countries represented are Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Turks & Caicos Islands, the US and Bermuda. Sailing for Bermuda are two crews — Ocean Archeval with Nasya Russell and Katie Stevenson with Taylor White. “The Waves are just like the America’s Cup boats but smaller, so you can get to experience how the America’s Cup catamarans feel,” Rose, a Bermuda High School student said. “It takes a crew to go fast so you can build team work.” In addition to junior regattas, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup takes place from June 12. They have been divided into two pools of six boats. The top four teams in each pool will move into the eight-boat finals. Pool B, which has elimination races June 12 and 13, features Team BDA (Bermuda), NZL Sailing Team (New Zealand), Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain), Spanish Impulse Team (Spain), Next Generation USA (US), and Candidate Sailing Team (Austria). Pool A, which has elimination races on June 15 and 16, has Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden), Team France Jeune (France), Kaijin Team Japan (Japan), Youth Vikings Denmark (Denmark), Team Tilt (Switzerland), and SVB Team Germany (Germany). As total opposites to the junior and youth regattas, spectacular big-boat racing in yachts manned by ball-team sized crews will compete in huge Superyachts measuring 80 to 288 feet June 13-15 and on June 16, 19 and 20 in majestic J Class sloops stretching 90 feet on the waterline and about 130 feet overall.

Cameras, umbrellas, coolers and helmets will be restricted in the America’s Cup Village, according to a statement from the ACBDA. The statement lists a host of items that cannot be taken into the village according to the terms and conditions of each ticket purchase, with prohibited items liable to be permanently confiscated at the village entrance. “Aside from the obvious prohibited items such as weapons, other items are not allowed, also for safety reasons. They include motorbike helmets, bicycles, roller-skates, skateboards, scooters, wheeled footwear (including children’s shoes), luggage and suitcases. Branded umbrellas, sun parasols, clothing and other items are not permitted, nor are chairs or folded seating, coolers or other large containers. Food and drink are not to be taken in — there is a wide range of local vendors to provide refreshments in the America’s Cup Village. Photography enthusiasts should be aware that cameras and recording devices of any nature are prohibited, other than for recreational and personal non-commercial use. Camera lens larger than 200mm are not permitted, even for personal use.” Baby strollers meanwhile may be brought into the village, but they will be stored at a designated drop-off area “at the ticket holder’s own risk”. Meanwhile, the statement noted that the event is intended to be sustainable, urging the public to bring reusable water bottles which can be filled with filtered water at hydration stations at the village. Glass bottles, however, are prohibited. Signs reminding spectators what not to carry will be posted at transport points, upon boarding the dedicated America’s Cup Village ferries and at Park n Ride car parks,” the statement added. Prohibited items must not be taken on the ferry or the shuttle bus as there is no place to store confiscated items for later retrieval. The public is recommended that where there is doubt about an item, choose not to take it, i.e. travel light. The search and screening process at the America’s Cup Village entrance will be thorough and prohibited items will be removed. The fewer bags a ticket holder travels with, the faster and easier the entry process will be.” The full list of prohibited items include:

May 27. A Bermudian icon is celebrated in St David’s — the Bermuda Onion. Onion Day will take place at Carter House in St David’s, with festivities beginning at noon and continuing until 4pm. The event, organised by the St David’s Island Historical Society, will give attendees a look and taste of Bermuda’s past with traditional food and tours through the preserved Carter House. Rick Spurling of the St David’s Island Historical Society said the event began after the organisation decided they wanted to do something for Heritage Month. “It was Larry Mills, who built our Settlers Dwelling in 2012, who suggested Onion Day to celebrate the infamous Bermuda Onion, which was exported for years until competition from a similar onion in Texas put us out of business. It’s also to celebrate Bermudians who are known as onions. Onions are harvested in May each year which enables us to have lots of donated onions which we sell. We have the ‘biggest onion’ contest and hope to have an onion-eating contest for which we have a trophy — but it is not that easy to get at least two willing participants.” Several St David’s staples will be available for purchase, including onion soup, Gary Lamb’s fish chowder and a range of onion products and pulled “hog” sandwiches. Meanwhile, Mr Spurling will be on-scene with Mr Mills and traditional doll maker Ronnie Chameau, all dressed in period costume and ready to answer questions. “We ask Bermudians to come and celebrate their Heritage and visitors to come and learn a little about St David’s and Bermudian culture — the Bermuda Onion — and the largely unknown, fascinating yet un-presented (except at Carter House) history of St David’s.”

May 2018. Bermuda will host the 2018 Moth World Championships after beating Argentina and Australia in the bid process, the International Moth Class Association announced. The event featuring the foiling Moth dinghy will be held in the Great Sound, venue for the 35th America’s Cup. 

Bermuda Regiment Beats Retreat. City of Hamilton, 9 pm, with Bermuda Islands Pipe Band.

Gombey Competition. 

Pembroke Parish 

Open Golf Tournament.

Annual Reunion of Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps Overseas Association at Warwick Camp on first Saturday in May. 

Seniors Golf Amateur Championships. 

Saddle Club of Bermuda annual show. 

End-to-End Race by Swan's Running Club.

Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Races. 

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week. Yacht Racing in the Great Sound

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week, Royal Gazette photo

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week photo courtesy of the Royal Gazette daily newspaper of Bermuda

Island-wide Clean Up Week.

Bermuda Guitar Festival (Annual).

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June 2017

Sandys Parish crest June 1. Hurricane Season starts. Lasts until November 30.

2017. May 26-June 5 (provisional dates). America's Cup Qualifiers, Bermuda, Great Sound. Double Round Robin Format. The 2017 America's Cup will be the 35th edition of the America's Cup yacht race. It will be contested in Bermuda between the winner of the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup and Oracle Team USA. It will be Oracle's second defense of the America's Cup, four years after its first successful defense. 

June 1: The Tall Ships Welcome Street Festival on Front Street which includes karaoke, digital gaming and more. Earlier, they sailed from St. George's, having raced from Sines, Portugal, birthplace of Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama, first to sail around the world. The ships sailed from Greenwich, London, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The fleet of over 30 large Class A and B Tall Ships gathered for four days on the River Thames at Greenwich and Woolwich before setting sail for Canada via Sines in Portugal, Bermuda and Boston. Vessels include those from Portugal, Spain, Holland, Germany and the UK. The three largest are the Santa Maria Manuela and the internationally famous Norwegian Christian Radich that richly earned its claim to fame in the gorgeous Windjammer musical voyage - (see http://www.wittkowsky.net/windjammer/wjamm2.htm and hear its superb overture by the American composer Merton Gould at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9u1sEU5DVc) and one of the home-sick songs by the Norwegian sailors at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOsn8X3HZRA and another at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DRRePKIPG4). The vessels leave St. George's for a spectacular arrival in Hamilton by June 1. 

Image at left is Sandys Parish.

June 1-5. 2017. Rendez-Vous 2017 (RDV 2017) Tall Ships Regatta participants arrive in Bermuda, preparing for one of its biggest-ever sailing seasons — in which the cutting-edge tall ships of the past will provide a spectacular contrast to the modern-day vessels of the America’s Cup.  It is a transatlantic race covering 7,000 nautical miles, including a circumnavigation of the North Atlantic Ocean that includes six countries. Many legs of the transatlantic journey, which begins in Greenwich, Britain, on April 13, 2017 and ends in Le Havre, France, on September 3, include stopping in Bermuda from June 1 to 5. The race will call at ports in Portugal, Boston, the Gulf of St Lawrence and Quebec City. All manner of events are planned for early June, including public street festivals, a concert, trainee sports day and tours aboard the ships. For those lacking sea legs, or merely wanting to get involved outside of training, there will be chances to volunteer on land or on the ships when they are docked.  Bermuda will thus become the centre of maritime attraction during early June 2017 with the 35th America’s Cup Races, J-Class yacht regatta and the Tall Ships festival and races occurring at the same time. The world’s Tall Ship Fleet has never before graced the same port at the same time as an America’s Cup event. The Bermuda Tall Ships Festival will provide an amazing backdrop for the America’s Cup events.”  RDV2017 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The event is being organized by Sail Training International and expects to attract a fleet of 40 Tall Ships and provide opportunities for 3,000 trainees — including trainees from Bermuda — to sail across the Atlantic or perhaps a shorter leg of the race.”  The regatta will begin on April 13 with the fleet racing from Royal Greenwich, UK to Sines, Portugal. In early May, the fleet will race to Bermuda and the Bermuda Tall Ships Festival will take place on Front Street, Hamilton from 1 — 5 June.  The fleet stops over in Bermuda for four days before they race to Boston and on to Quebec City. The fleet will then race back across the Atlantic to Le Havre, France. Bermuda had long enjoyed a warm cultural, historical, educational and maritime relationship with Canada, so it was fitting that Bermuda pay homage to Canada as it celebrated its historic milestone. The event has the upfront support of the Bermuda Government, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, the Corporation of Hamilton, and The America’s Cup organizers.. Tall Ships Bermuda expects representation from European, American and Canadian vessels. In addition, it expects that some of the South and Central American vessels will join the fleet in Bermuda on route to Boston and the Quebec celebrations. Bermuda has successfully hosted several Tall Ships Festivals, from the very first transatlantic Tall Ships Race in 1964 and with subsequent festivals here in 1976, 1984, 2000 and the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge in 2009 which was a celebration of Bermuda’s 400th Anniversary of permanent settlement. Tall Ships Bermuda noted that there will be opportunities for corporate sponsorship and entertainment.

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June 1. Annual Habour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

June 2: The Tall Ships concert featuring local and international acts in the City Hall Car Park.

June 5: Tall Ships festivities continue with a Bon Voyage Festival and a Parade of Sail as the flotilla leaves the island.

Weekly in June: Wedco will host events during AC35 at Snorkel Park including a Sunset Market every Sunday from 4pm to 10pm, Sun Sundays from 1pm to 12am. Monday VIP Bonfires on the beach from 6.30pm to 10pm and Thursday Tiki Beach Party & Sunset Market from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

June 2-15. Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race. A famous yacht race to Bermuda. Single-handed start to Bermuda. Double-handed start to Newport, Rhode Island. 

Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race

June 6 and June 20: Reid Street Busking will be held with park seating, busking entertainment and street-side vending.

June 7. Harbour Nights, continuing every week on Wednesday on Front Street.

June 7-12. (Provisional dates). America's Cup Challenger Playoffs.  Bermuda, Great Sound. Four teams in a Match Race  Elimination Bracket. Best of Nine (first to five points).

June 8 and 22. A new event for the season is Bonfires and BBQs, which will be held from 7pm to 11pm on Front Street. This event will feature a fiery night of entertainment for adults including a live band, performances by Rock Fire Productions, bonfires, a beer garden and more.

June 9. A Movie Lounge in a city park with two showings and a happy hour experience.

June 10. Bermuda Heroes Weekend Kiddie Carnival and a Vendor Village and Kids Zone in Northeast Hamilton with fish sandwiches, Gombey Dancers, local entertainment and more. The Vendor Village and Kids Zone will also be held on June 24.

June 12-13. Bermuda’s TeamBDA race in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers.

June 12-17. Marion to Bermuda Race. 

June 12 to Friday, June 16: Superyacht Regatta and Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers. 

June 13-15. Superyacht Regatta, sponsored by Caroline Bay Marina. The event is billed as a spectacular event due to both the size of the vessels and the size of the fleet that will race around Bermuda’s coastline. Caroline Bay Marina CEO Ralph Richardson said in a statement: “Caroline Bay Marina is proud to be a sponsor of this event and anticipates welcoming many of the regatta participants back to Bermuda. Darrell McLennan Fordyce, chief marketing and events officer for BOAT International Media, stated: “BOAT International is delighted that Caroline Bay Marina has become a partner of our America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta taking place in June. “With over 17 superyachts registered to participate on the water and a comprehensive social programme for their owners and guests on land this is a great opportunity for full service superyacht destinations such as Caroline Bay Marina to enhance Bermuda’s reputation as a great superyacht destination, both for sailing yachts and motor yachts. The Marina has charted a 157ft sailing superyacht, Arabella, that will give people an opportunity to view the races. Race day sails include buffet style lunches and open bar. Anyone interested in viewing the Superyacht Regatta should visit www.carolinebaymarina.com or call 400-5634. 

June 14. St George’s hosts the Pirates and Plunder Celebration Zone with privateer navigators, historical re-enactments, musical performances and interactive displays, taking place from 11am to 4pm on King’s Square and Ordnance Island.

June 16-19. Bermuda Heroes Weekend and Carnival. June 16 with Five Star Friday, a Raft Up on June 17, Promoter’s Day and Pan in the Park on June 18 and finally, J’Ouvert and Parade of Bands on June 19.

Queen's Official Birthday Parade.. From Bermuda and London. In Bermuda, the Bermuda Regiment and other organizations salute her with a parade, with the Governor, Premier, and other VIP guests in attendance. Involves guards of the Bermuda Regiment along with single guards of the Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Sea Cadets and Bermuda Cadet Corps. The Governor of Bermuda takes the salute on behalf of the Queen. Traffic restrictions apply. Begins at 10am Bermuda time, members of the public encouraged to watch. In London, from 10:30 am GMT, Horse Guards Parade. Trooping the Colour, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trooping_the_Colour celebrates the Sovereign's, Her Majesty the Queen's, official birthday (her actual birthday is on 21 April). (It has traditionally been held in June, for better weather). Televised worldwide over three hours by the BBC London. See the full majesty, military precision, pomp and splendor of the London ceremony at http://www.householddivision.org.uk/trooping-the-colour and at http://www.trooping-the-colour.co.uk/index.htm. Invited guests include all adult members of the Royal Family, some on horseback and/or in military uniforms, British Commonwealth heads of state or their representatives. The ceremony dates back to at least the early 18th century when the colours (flags) of the battalion were carried (or 'trooped') down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognized by the soldiers. The Queen attends in a horse-drawn carriage and the regiments of the Household Division, her personal troops, parade in front of her. Over 1100 soldiers are on parade, plus 200 horses and over 400 musicians. A 41 Gun Royal Salute is fired by the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at 1252 hours GMT..

June 17, 2018 (not 2017). Start of 50th Newport to Bermuda Yacht Race. One of the world's leading blue water races, held every other year, this one in 2016, next in 2018. Newport, Rhode Island to St. David's Head, St. George's. Host club, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Sailing Secretary, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Point Pleasant Road, Hamilton HM 11, tel 441 294 6716 or email secretary@rbyc.bm. Nearly 2,000 sailors will be racing for Bermuda in the third-biggest Newport to Bermuda competition that the island has hosted. The Newport Bermuda Race is organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and sailed almost entirely out of sight of land and across the Gulf Stream. The race consists of five divisions: St David's Lighthouse Division, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division, Cruiser Division, Double Handed Division and Spirit of Tradition Division. The St David's Lighthouse Division, for multi-purpose cruising/racing yachts, is the largest division. No boat has been involved in or has more Newport Bermuda Race titles than Carina.  More than 100 prizes are awarded at the traditional ceremony at Bermuda's Government House a week later. Regional Prizes are presented to the top boats hailing from five regions of North America. Twenty-one states from Maine to California are represented in the fleet, with especially strong turnouts from New England and the Chesapeake Bay area. The Premier joined Bermuda Tourism Authority members and others local organisations in support of the historical sailing event. During his trip, Mr Dunkley met with the Mayor of Newport’s Office, as well as attending the traditional Commodore’s Dinner and inspecting the Bermuda boats, including the Spirit of Bermuda. The 635-mile biennial Newport Bermuda Race is the world’s oldest regularly scheduled ocean race. Founded in 1906, the event will be held for the 50th time in 2016, with about 190 yachts competing from around the globe, some from Bermuda.

June 17-18. America’s Cup Match racing begins. Bermuda hosts the finals of the 35th America’s Cup. The eyes of the world will turn to the iconic Great Sound where the best sailors on the fastest boats will battle for the oldest trophy in international sport. It will be contested in Bermuda between the winner of the 2017 Louis Vuitton Cup and Oracle Team USA. Best of 13 (first to seven points) Series. It will be Oracle's second defense of the America's Cup, four years after its first successful defense.

June 19-23. J Class Regatta and Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers.

Monday, June 20. Bermuda Public Holiday for National Heroes Day 2017. Various activities occur on this day. Official induction and proclamation ceremony, 4pm, King’s Square, St George.  Steel pan, Hamilton’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Bermuda Heroes honor local heroes and heroines, pioneering men and women who were committed to selfless acts of public service and whose lives were spent devoted to improving the circumstances of our people. They have included Gladys Carlyon de Courcy Morrell, Sir Edward Trenton Richards, Dame Lois Browne-Evans, Dr Edgar Fitzgerald Gordon, Dr Pauulu Kamarakafego, Sir Henry James Tucker, Mary Prince and Sir John Swan in 2016.

June 20-21. Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals.

June 22-25. Arrival in Hamilton of the Fred Olsen mid-size cruse ship Boudicca, advertised extensively throughout the UK in 2016 and earlier for her attendance at the final of the America's Cup.

June 24-27. America’s Cup Finals.

Beating Retreat. Royal Naval Dockyard and City of Hamilton. Bermuda Regiment Band. Always popular with visitors and locals alike, this highly entertaining event features military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations by the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band and Dancers. 

St David’s Islanders and Native Community’s Bermuda Pow Wow. The two-day event is held to celebrate the Island’s Native American roots and culture. St David’s Cricket Club Grounds from 1pm until 6pm on Saturday; 2pm until 7pm on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. On offer is also be a special Libation & Dedication Ceremony, traditional foods, crafts and artworks. Local and overseas Native American singers, dancers and drummers will perform, as well as Warwick Gombeys.

Father's Day (USA, UK, Bermuda).

Global Fund Forum on hedge funds, Fairmont Southampton Hotel. This will be the fsecond time Bermuda has hosted the event, which brings together hedge fund managers and allocators, the parties who provide the funds with capital to invest. The format for the event is centered on an intensive schedule of pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings, in individual suites. The forum will also feature speakers and panels, three workshops and more. 

Glow worms begin shining in the ocean at night.  

Annual Fish Chowder Festival, St. George's.

Bermuda Billfish Release Cup. Fishing Tournament. 

Beating Retreat. Royal Naval Dockyard and City of Hamilton. Bermuda Regiment Band.

Long Distance Comet Race (annual). Commences in St George's Harbour and concludes in the Great Sound. 

Bermuda 2016 Rubber Duck Derby. Largest fundraiser of the year for Agape House, our island's only inpatient hospice facility. Every year members of the community are invited to purchase ducks to enter into one of the three races that we hold on Derby Day. Many great prizes are to be won so come on down and cheer your duck on. Duck tickets are sold at Agape House, BELCO and at various grocery stores during the months of April and May as well as on Derby Day. Rubber ducks race between Ordnance Island and White Horse restaurant, Town of St. George. 

Deloitte Open Tennis Tournament 2016. Bermuda's most popular tennis tournament 7. Bermuda's most popular tennis tournament 6. Bermuda's most popular tennis tournament – open to all ages! Play is open to members and non-members, including visitors. 

Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Port Royal Golf Course, 5 Middle Road, Southampton. Men's Division (black tees) and Ladies’ Division (white tees) play a 72-Hole Stroke Play event (gross and net). Spectator admission free. Enquiries: Bermuda Golf Association, 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 10, tel 441 295 9972.  

Round the Island Seagull Race. Sandys Boat Club, 8 Mangrove Bay Road, Somerset, Sandys. This all day event starts and finishes from the Sandys Boat Club and features small boats propelled by old ‘British Seagull’ engines that race each other around the island, circumnavigating in a counter-clockwise direction, to raise money for ‘green’ causes. There are many vantage points around the island from where you can watch them as they race by—your hotel guest services can assist with some suggestions, so come out and watch this annual race!  You can also join the BBQ that takes place at Sandys Boat Club once the race has finished. Admission: Free for spectators. Participants of race: $65.00.  BBQ dinner: $20.00. Rain date: June 22, 2013 at 8:30am. Enquiries: Martine Purssell, Round the Island Seagull Race, tel 441 298 1220. 

Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Races. Island-wide. The Bermuda Fitted Dinghy is probably the only sailing class in the world that allows the skipper to finish a race with fewer crewmen than when he started! These races have provided Bermudians and visitors with many hours of entertainment since 1853. The race season is from May 24 to mid-September.

Bermuda Anglers Club 4-Day International Light Tackle Tournament. Barr's Bay Park, Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke (City of Hamilton). This is an invitational light tackle (12 lbs and 16 lbs) 4-day fishing tournament with three people on each team. Each day, fishing takes place on a boat rotation. Visitors can view the days’ catch at the weigh-ins at Barr's Bay Park from 4:30pm – 6:30pm on the fishing days which are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Enquiries: Bermuda Anglers Club, tel 441 293 0875. 

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July 2017

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July 1. Canada Day. Canada and Bermuda. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Day. A national holiday, Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which united the three separate colonies of Canada. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Celebrations take place throughout Canada, and are also held throughout the world by Canadians living abroad.. Bermuda has many (about 5% of the total number of annual visitors) and a large number of residents from Canada. See our Bermuda's Links with Canada and information about Canada's former military base in Bermuda.

Happy Canada Day

July 4. USA Independence Day National Holiday. Also celebrated in Bermuda among its 2400 or so Bermuda-resident American citizens. (About 80% of the total number of annual visitors are American). See Bermuda and the USA. US Consulate has a fireworks party. Until 1995 the USA had several significant military bases in Bermuda. Thousands of US military personnel were stationed here. For a unique treat see July 4 Patriotic American Music from 1776. (Written by a Bermudian couple with US connections).

July 4 fireworks

Bermuda Billfish Blast. 2017. There are 30 teams fishing in the Bermuda Billfish Blast, 19 visiting game boats, three local private boats and eight charter boats with guests from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Russia. The Bermuda Tourism Authority is a sponsor of the Billfish Blast and its two sister events this summer which make up the Triple Crown. Bermuda waters have produced the second most winning catches in the history of the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship.

July. Seventh (in 2017) annual Groundswell Lionfish Tournament. Raising awareness of the threat lionfish pose to our endemic species.  Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Educates the public about the invasive Indo-Pacific fish as well as helping to reduce, via catches, their numbers in our waters. Organizer is advocacy group Groundswell, which hosts the tournament and helps to generate funds for scientific research and management methods. The idea is to show people that lionfish are a problem and to show them how to catch them, handle them, prepare them and cook them.

Lion fish hunting and eating

Lion fish hunting and eating.

July 6 to Labour Day, Live Fun in the Sun, Sundays, Royal Naval Dockyard, Snorkel Park. local entertainment 11 am to 8 pm. Family Fun contests BBQ, Water sports and Beach Volleyball.

Bermuda Fashion Festival 2017. Bermuda’s premier fashion week event is organized by the City of Hamilton, funded mostly through corporate sponsors and partnerships. For information about the Bermuda Fashion Festival 2016, visit bermudafashionfestival.com. Tickets are on sale from March 1.

Insurance Bermuda Triangle, held in conjunction with the International Association of Defence Counsel annual meeting, at the Fairmount Southampton. Topics at the conference will include the enforcement of international arbitration awards, London/Bermuda arbitration, insurance and reinsurance in a low-carbon economy, mergers and acquisitions in the Bermuda insurance market and changes to English law governing insurance. 

25th (in 2017) Annual Habour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Races. These races have provided Bermudians and visitors with many hours of entertainment since 1853. The race season is from May 24 to mid-September. Contact Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. Phone 236-4411.  

Annual Bermuda Big Game Classic (fishing).

King's Square, St. George's  and Front Street, Hamilton. 9 pm. Beat Retreat. Always popular with visitors and locals alike, this highly entertaining event features military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations performed by the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Island Pipe Band and Dancers.

July 14. Bastille Day. France and Bermuda. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastille_Day

 

Non-Mariners Race, Mangrove Bay. Royal Gazette photo.

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August 2017

Southampton ParishAugust 1 to November 30.  Hurricane season.

Daytime Dockyard Historical Re-enactment. The Moon Gate, Royal Naval Dockyard. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 am. From May 5 through October 11 in the Victualling Yard. Historical Re-enactments are with actors in period costume who give a short performance to depict life in the Royal Naval Dockyard around 1809. It was from Bermuda in 1812, before the Dockyard was completed,  that the British Royal Navy fleet attacked and burnt the White House in Washington DC. The Re-enactment explains the history of the Royal Naval Dockyard and includes the breakwaters, fortifications, storehouses, workshops and barracks. This informative and fun event also includes live cannon fire! Visitors have the opportunity to be photographed with one of the actors each day and then to go on to explore the Royal Naval Dockyard and identify the areas they have just learnt about.  Admission free, contact Joanna Cranfield, Royal Naval Dockyard, tel 441 239 0514, email marketing@wedco.bm or website www.thewestend.bm

August 3, 2017. 143rd anniversary of Emancipation Day (First day of Cup Match Public Holiday). Two days of festive Cup Match cricket. Bermuda is believed to be the only place in the world where there is a 2-day public holiday for a cricket match. See Public Holidays. Somerset in dark blue and red, St. George's in light blue and dark blue. An annual favorite Bermuda event between these two teams, steeped in tradition and history (since 1902).  Non-cricket players will also find this well worth seeing.  Bermuda's leading attraction by far among locals, with plenty of food, music, an occasion for fashionable clothing, revelry and fun. Cricketers are officially the main attraction, with cash prizes for spectacular plays amid thunderous cheers from the crowd and much bravado from the players. The uniquely Bermudian gambling game of Crown and Anchor is much in evidence in the carnival-like atmosphere. Expect heavy road traffic to and from the event). 

August 4. Somers Day. Second Day of Cup Match Holiday. See Public Holidays

Sunday, August 6, 2017. Annual (45th in 2017) Non-Mariners race, Mangrove Bay, Somerset, Sandys Parish. First began in August 1964 in Hamilton, Bermuda by amateur non-sailors deliberately launching non-seaworthy and distinctly non-nautical home-made floating in often hilarious un sea-worthy crafts of any type and design. It began as a joke against the well-established and prim sailing clubs of Bermuda and their 1960s sailing correctness. It has been claimed, but this is incorrect on two counts, that a drunken bunch of men were involved.   In fact, they were not solely men, single women were instigators too, driven by the maleness-only of the more established sailors. The event was watched with great interest particularly by guests staying at the Bermudiana Hotel with its lovely harbour views and waterfront Waterloo House, with the latter having virtually a front row seat.  (Both hotels no longer exist, both have been demolished and/or turned into corporate buildings). Nor were the majority drunk, they were sober, just mischievous, boat-less themselves.  Their unorthodox "vessels" were cranked by hand or by pedals or by the wind and were often accompanied by raucous noises, providing much amusement to many residents and visitors at the annual event which became hugely popular.  After one such event had a zany entry almost collide with a cruise ship entering Hamilton Harbor, the Society of Non-Mariners, as the organizers subsequently became, the event was switched to the less-busy but picturesque Mangrove May, hosted by the Sandys Boat Club. The event now includes family frolics, youngsters jumping off "boats" and rocks, mock boat battles, some ingenious unorganized surprises. A fun day for residents and visitors. This year, 2016, the Society of Non-Mariners is inviting lovers of all things “silly, wacky and just plain fun” to take part. It will include a few departures from tradition. It will kick off in Mangrove Bay just before noon with the Non-Calypso Pipe Band leading the Non-Committee in parade to Mangrove Bay Beach to observe the construction of this year’s Non-Craft. From political satire to outrageous costume, there is something to see all the way to the official Non-Prize giving just before 6pm. Those who prefer doing to watching are encouraged to get some friends together and come up with their own Non-Craft. The rules are pretty easy: if it shouldn’t be floating as a single unit then it probably is a Non-Craft. Departures from tradition include reversing the direction of the Non-Parade and starting it a little earlier, the addition of a few more Non-Events at the dock including a Non-Noodle race, one for boys and one for girls — and the announcement of a Non-Colours art competition for each future Non-Event. Admission to the Sandys Boat Club will cost $5 for adults and $2 for those under 18. Adults must be wearing a wristband to purchase beverages and are reminded to bring identification. For more information, visit the Sandys Boat Club’s Facebook page or their website.

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Non Mariners Race

Bermuda delegation at major conference on captive insurance in the US. The Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) 2017 Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Grainne Richmond, president of the Bermuda Insurance Management Association and vice-president at insurance management firm Dyna, said that Bermuda and Vermont, the third largest captive domicile in the world, have close ties through the industry. Also, the VCIA is a very large lobbying group on legislation that might be coming out of the US and which could impact the captive space in Bermuda. The VCIA conference will also be attended by the Bermuda Business Development Association, which will run a booth at the event. Bermuda companies who will be represented at the event include Aon, Kirkway International, Liberty Mutual, R & Q Quest Management, Randall & Quill and Willis Towers Watson.

25th (in 2017) Annual Habour Nights in Hamilton, until August 31. 

Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.

Bermuda Night, Barr's Bay Park.

 Bermuda musicians and entertainers perform, sponsored by Ministry of Tourism.

Bermuda Beach Tennis Tournament. Horseshoe Bay.

Concert in the Park - Victoria Park in City of Hamilton

Olde Towne Market, St. George's. Every Sunday, 2-6 pm.

Around the Island Boat Race. From Ferry Reach.

Bermuda Billfish Tournament.

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September 2017

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Public Holidays. Labor Day (USA and Bermuda). Notable days. Patriot Day (USA). Grandparents Day (USA). Rosh Hashanah).  Citizenship Day (USA). Yom Kippur (USA). Swimming ends for many Bermudians until May 24. Soccer season begins, cricket ends.

 Bermuda’s 22nd (in 2017) annual sand sculpture competition takes Horseshoe Bay Beach with a menagerie of creations. Sand castle construction continued until 4pm. Judging and an awards presentation followed for the creators of the winning sculptures. Participants of all ages took to the sands. The eye-catching event, sponsored by the Hamilton Princess Hotel, is always a hit with locals and visitors alike - especially when the weather obliges with a sunny day. 

Bermuda sand sculpture competition

St. George's Parish.

One of the island’s oldest fishing tournaments, back for the 51st time in 2017. About 36 boats and 150 anglers are set to compete in the Royal Gazette Wahoo Tournament, the last big tournament of the season. Robert “Bobby” Rego, one of the organizers, said: “It’s probably the most popular fishing tournament on the island.” It attracts a lot of participants because it is held at the same time every year, focuses on one species and is a Light Tackle Tournament, he explained. “It’s one of the oldest continuous running tournaments. It’s completely open to residents and youngsters, who have to be under 16.” It’s traditionally been a real locals tournament.” The wahoo is a challenging” and great light tackle fish that helped put Bermuda on the map for salt water fishing. It’s powerful — it’s one of the fastest fish in the sea. The inaugural tournament was organized by Mid-Ocean News sports reporter Alan Harman, keen sportsman and former International Game Fish Association representative for Bermuda, Tom Smith, and captain Russell Young. When the Mid-Ocean News closed shop, The Royal Gazette took over sponsorship. The tournament allows anglers to use 12, 16, 20 and 30 pound test lines, with more points awarded per pound on a lighter test line. While the biggest prize goes to the biggest fish, there are also prizes for the different test classes and the boat with the high point score. And the junior angler with the high point fish also receives a prize. With fishing set to start at 7am, the fish have to be brought to the weigh station in Dockyard by 5.30pm. 

Beating of Retreat. Royal Naval Dockyard. 

Bermuda Jazz Festival at former Royal Naval Dockyard. Glow worms stop shining in the ocean. Last Fitted Dinghy Races until May. Lobster season starts. Annual Wahoo Tournament.  

September 10-13. Bermuda Captive Conference.  Fairmont Southampton. The event is normally held in June, but has been moved to September due to the island’s hosting of the America’s Cup throughout June. Last year there were more than 800 delegates, of which half came from overseas. David Gibbons, chairman of the Bermuda Captive Conference, said “We have always welcomed a lot of registrations and interest at Rims, but this year we decided to ramp up our outreach, and we’re confident this will help attendee numbers in September surpass our 2016 record.” The conference will highlight the topic “innovation”. The keynote speaker is Philippe Rouja, the Bermudian anthropologist, who will detail the island’s shipwreck history. To register for the conference, visit bermudacaptive conference.com.

Annual Gombey Festival.  WER Joell Tennis Stadium.  Doors will open at 5pm, with the festival on Marsh Folly Road starting at 6pm and the finale at around 8.30pm — where in 2016  the peewee Gombeys from each troupe performed for three minutes apiece. The event is held to celebrate Bermuda’s premier folk dancers, the Gombeys, whose dances celebrate a centuries-old Bermudian folk tradition that blends elements of African and Caribbean performance with North American native music and British military drumming. A tradition of dance passed down through the ages since Bermuda was first populated in part by those of African origin. Each year the festival honors an individual who has cultivated and strengthened the traditions of Gombey music and dance. In 2015 the award was given to Allan Warner of the Warner Gombeys, one of Bermuda's veteran Gombey Captains.  He was joined by his family along with members of the Place’s, H & H, Warwick, Gombey Evolution and Gombey Warriors groups. The event was once known as the Gombey Competition, but has evolved into a celebration of a folk tradition that stretches back for centuries. Each troupe has its own distinct history, and the names of drummers and performers who had been influenced by Mr Warner were listed off to drumming, whistles and ecstatic cheers.

Bermuda Fitted Dingy Races. Granaway Deep, Warwick, 12:00noon, 1:30pm, 3:00pm.

Olde Towne Market, St. George's. Every Sunday (until late September), 2-6 pm.

Bermuda Regiment Beats Retreat at Dockyard.

Bacardi Cup: Bermuda National Match Racing Championship, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. Sailed in International One Design sloops. 

Annual CD&P Grand Prix cycle race, Front Street. Exhilarating competition between some of the world’s best cyclists riding in Bermuda.

September. International Boarding School Fair. 4:30 t0 7:30 pm. Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel.

Beat Retreat. Clocktower Parade, Dockyard and Front Street, Hamilton. 9 pm.  Always popular with visitors and locals alike, this highly entertaining event features military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations performed by the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Island Pipe Band and Dancers.

Bermuda International Long Term Insurers and Reinsurers (BILTIR) hosts its fourth (2017) annual life and annuity conference at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel. Industry chiefs from Europe and North America will join Bermuda-based executives for the meeting. This year’s conference will focus on the EU Solvency II regulations, which will come in to force next year and Bermuda’s ongoing work to comply with the new rules. Other highlights include a presentation by the president of the Society of Actuaries, which has more than 25,000 members in 78 countries. Special sessions will also look at “the future of living longer” and panel discussions featuring industry leaders. BILTIR was set up four years ago to serve as an advocate for the long-term insurance industry.

Hurricane season. From now to November 30.

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Statue of Sir George SomersOctober 1-31. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 19th annual charity drive at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre (BCHC). After lung cancer, breast cancer accounts for the majority of deaths in women worldwide. It affects one in eight women and that 58 cases of breast cancer were reported in 2014, according to the Bermuda National Tumor Registry. Breast cancer continues to be the principal cause of cancer for women in Bermuda. While the causes of breast cancer are still unknown, it is known that some women are more at risk than others. Understanding these risks, such as family history, are important, in addition to the knowledge that early detection can save lives. As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I urge all mothers, sisters, aunts, wives and friends to protect their health and longevity from breast cancer.” BCHC is an American College of Radiology designated Breast Imaging Centre of Excellence that provides more than 9,000 mammograms per year. The registered charity is urging the community to take part in a series of events this month to raise funds and provide women and their families with information about breast health and breast cancer.

Daytime Dockyard Historical Re-enactment. Royal Naval Dockyard. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 am. From May through mid-October in the Victualling Yard. Historical Re-enactments are with actors in period costume who give a short performance to depict life in the Royal Naval Dockyard around 1809.  It was from Bermuda in 1812, before the Dockyard was completed, that the British Royal Navy fleet attacked and burnt the White House in Washington DC.  (Covered in some detail in our extensive Bermuda History file for 1800-1899). After that, the Dockyard became a major port for the UK's Royal Navy and played a major role in World War 2 in the Battle of the Atlantic.  The Re-enactment explains the history of the Royal Naval Dockyard and includes the breakwaters, fortifications, storehouses, workshops and barracks.  This informative and fun event also includes live cannon fire! Visitors have the opportunity to be photographed with one of the actors each day and then to go on to explore the Royal Naval Dockyard and identify the areas they have just learnt about. Admission free, contact Joanna Cranfield, Royal Naval Dockyard, tel 441 239 0514, email marketing@wedco.bm or website www.thewestend.bm.

Beat Retreat. King's Square, St. George's and Front Street, Hamilton. 9 pm. Military music, popular show tunes, contemporary composers and marching formations performed by the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums and the Bermuda Island Pipe Band and Dancers. Beat Retreat is a long-standing British Army tradition performed in the evening or on special days by those army units that have military bands. Years ago, the British Army had a permanent presence in Bermuda.

City Arts Festival.  Queen Elizabeth Park. Six local artists show their works commissioned by the Corporation of Hamilton, also music and dance performers. 

October 11-13. World Alternative Investment Summit. Riddick Bowe is one of five former world boxing champions lined up as special guests for this business conference. The former undisputed world heavyweight champion, who gained the title in 1992 by defeating Evander Holyfield, will add a touch of star appeal. The three-day event is being held at Fairmont Southampton. The other former world champion boxers attending as guests are Chris Byrd, Lamon Brewster, Ray Mercer and James Toney. The event brings together investment officers, managers, administrators, prime brokers, lawyers, and others linked to the alternative investment space. The special guest at last year’s WAIS summit in Bermuda was former NBA all-star and Hall of Famer, and entrepreneur Earl “The Pearl” Monro. Details of the summit agenda, guest speakers and activities are expected to be released in the coming weeks. WAIS 2007 Bermuda is produced by Toronto-based Radius Financial Education. For registration and sponsorship enquiries, contact info@Radiusfinancialeducation.com, or visit the website at waisc.com.

21st Annual Bermuda Music Festival 2017, continuation from September..

Bermuda Kennel Club Open Dog Shows. Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Also Obedience Trials, Rally Trails.

Old  Town Market. Sundays from 30th October to 18th December, 2 pm to 5:30 pm, Water Street, St. George's. 

Hacker's Cup. 2017 Sixth Annual. Autumn golfing tournament pitting celebrities against journalists

2017. The Nike Golf PGA Team Championship of Canada will return to Bermuda for a second year of competition. Mid Ocean Golf Club will again host the tournament of 104 visiting golfers, who will qualify in events across Canada this summer. The championship forms part of a packed winter of golf for Bermuda, with the Hackers Cup, Gosling’s Invitational, Bermuda Open and Goodwill tournament all scheduled to take place during what that Bermuda Tourism Authority called a “growth year for golf on the island.” Before the Nike Golf event in October there will be a World Pro Sports Championship, an event which has grown out of the partnership between the BTA and the organizers of the Bermuda Golf Classic, NFL Invitational. “Our sales and marketing team is advancing Bermuda as a golf tourism destination,” Bill Hanbury, the BTA chief executive officer, said. “Golf visitors are important because they have a positive impact across the Island’s tourism economy, far beyond just golf courses.” During the early part of this year, the BTA influenced several visitor golf events that improved travel numbers during the quieter months of the year for tourism. Those events include an Executive Women’s Golf Association event, Chris Langford Pairs and the Grey Goose World Par 3 at Turtle Hill Golf Club. “More and more cruise vacationers are disembarking and heading to the golf course,” said Andrew Brooks, the BTA’s director of golf sales and marketing. “And last week I spoke with another college golf coach about the possibility of bringing teams to Bermuda next year for a spring tournament. Cruise golfers and college springtime golfers are two areas where strong growth is happening and we think it is sustainable growth.”

Daylight Saving ends. Following US not UK methodology. 

The Convening of Parliament.  Normally the last Friday in October. Set back several days in 2016 as a result of damage to the House of Assembly The Speech from the Throne will be read by the Governor  from the grounds on the southern side of the Sessions House which is the parking lot on Reid Street adjacent to the old Magistrates’ Court building.” The Convening of Parliament will be aired live on CITV (CableVision Channel 2 and WOW 102) and will be streamed on www.gov.bm.

Halloween ‘Spooky Night in Ghost Town’ event in St. George's.

October 31/November 1. Haunted History. Figures from centuries ago resurrected in St George’s for a night of Halloween entertainment, offbeat education and fundraising for the Old Town. The event, hosted by the St George’s Foundation, will debut on November 1 with ghostly people both famous and obscure brought to life by local actors. The event will include surprise guests. Lesser known people out from the past will "re-appear" and tell their stories - people from the 1600s right up to the 1800s. The World Heritage Centre at Penno’s Wharf will be used for the party, complete with food, drink and live music, as well as historical re-enactments. The funds raised will go toward the management of the Centre, plus the replica of the ship Deliverance. The museum is to acquire new exhibits, while the wooden ship on Ordnance Island is to be developed as a performance platform for youth groups.

From now  to November 30. Hurricane season.

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The Convening of Parliament.  Normally the last Friday in October. Set back several days in 2016 to this Monday as a result of damage to the House of Assembly. “As a result of planned repairs undertaken recently at the House of Assembly, together with the extensive damage to the roof and other areas sustained during Hurricane Nicole, the Convening of Parliament has been delayed to this day. The Speech from the Throne will be read by Acting Governor Ginny Ferson, from the grounds on the southern side of the Sessions House which is the parking lot on Reid Street adjacent to the old Magistrates’ Court building.” The Convening of Parliament will be aired live on CITV (CableVision Channel 2 and WOW 102) and will be streamed on www.gov.bm

World Rugby Classic Schedule (annual). National Sports Centre, Devonshire. With former internationals representing their countries in Bermuda-based international competition. All the major Rugby team over 30s will be here including the All Blacks from New Zealand, Australia, Republic of South Africa, UK, Ireland, France, Argentina, etc 10 international matches played during the week but scheduled to allow plenty of time to enjoy Bermuda's beaches, golf courses and other many attractions. This year’s World Rugby Classic looks set to be a star-studded affair with some of the sport’s most decorated names lined up for the tournament. 

Bermuda Reinsurance. Hamilton Princess. A major conference on the state of the reinsurance industry. The eleventh of its kind in 2016 to be held on the island, will feature top figures from the industry discussing issues like the impact of the UK’s decision to quit the EU, a soft market and how insurance-linked securities and alternative capital are impacting reinsurance. The event is a joint venture by professional services firm PwC and ratings agency Standard and Poor’s.

National Audubon Society of USA annual bird count (the Bermuda Audubon Society has participated for 29 years).  

Bermuda Public Holiday (Remembrance Day).  

The PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada at Port Royal Golf Course The tournament will form part of a nearly three-week festival of golf that runs into December and also includes the Gosling’s Invitational and the Bermuda Goodwill. Sponsored by Titleist and FootJoy. The Gosling’s, which this year will be split between Belmont Hills Golf Club and Port Royal, runs from November 27 to December 1, with the Goodwill wrapping things up from December 5 to 9. The introduction of the club professionals’ event means that the PGA of Canada will be visiting the island twice in a matter of weeks. Bermuda has developed a very positive relationship with the PGA of Canada. 

Gosling's Invitational Golf Tournament. Split between Belmont Hills  Golf Club and Port Royal.

Bermuda Convergence 2017. Hamilton's Pier 6. Major reinsurance conference.  Now in its fourth year, the conference attracts professionals from the booming insurance-linked securities (ILS) industry, including investors, fund managers, major insurance and reinsurance companies and professional services firms. Bermuda has carved out a niche as the top jurisdiction in the ILS sector, with 70 per cent of the world’s total investment. There are a total of 142 vehicles listed on the BSX with an aggregate market capitalization of more $17.8 billion. The annual 2014 ILS Convergence networking event was attended by over 280 delegates from 13 different countries. Over 300 are expected in 2015. 

Thanksgiving Day USA (celebrated in Bermuda at restaurants serving visitors and with Annual American Thanksgiving Day Interfaith Service with US patriotic songs, hymns and readings by the Governor. Organizers include the American Society of Bermuda). 

Santa Claus Parade. (late November). Thousands of people line the streets of Hamilton, all hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. Crowds of adults and children fill the sidewalks as the annual Santa Claus Parade made it’s way through the city. Dozens of floats and hundreds of people, including majorettes, dancers and Gombeys, take part in the festivities.

Old  Town Market.

Late night shopping in St. George's. Saturdays from late November until Christmas Eve.

December 2017

Captain John SmithBermuda National Trust Annual Christmas Walkabout. St. George's. Explore the Old Town, traditionally decorated for Christmas. Wander the narrow streets, visit candlelit historic buildings and mingle with family and friends while enjoying live, festive entertainment and more. Parking at Tiger Bay. Hundreds of residents are expected to flock to St George’s for the annual Bermuda National Trust Walkabout which has become one of the island’s most popular pre-Christmas events. Now in its 38th year (in 2016), the Walkabout has proved a boon evening for St George’s merchants, many of whom regard it as the most profitable day of the year. And this year the crowd could swell even more, as the Trust is introducing a ferry which will bring people from Albouy’s Point in Hamilton to St George’s, avoiding the traffic chaos and parking problems which motorists have previously endured. “In recent years, as the popularity of the Walkabout has grown, we have had attendees spending too much time in traffic and looking for parking spaces,” said National Trust Development Director Kelly Way. “Traffic restrictions at the Longtail Bridge will exacerbate this. Therefore, with the co-operation of the Department of Marine and Ports, we are introducing a ferry from Hamilton to St. George’s,” she said. “The ferry will take a maximum of 350 people at 5.30pm from Hamilton to St. George’s and will leave St George’s after the fireworks at 9.15pm. In addition, the ferry will shuttle people from Marginal Wharf in St David’s to St George’s. In each case, a maximum of 350 tickets will be sold in advance and only people with tickets will be able to board the ferry. Musicians, dancers and carolers will entertain the crowd and children can meet Santa and make Christmas crafts at the Edith Clair Spencer Hall. We invite everyone to head east to explore some of the oldest continually occupied buildings in the New World which will be decorated and candlelit for the event,” added a Trust spokesperson. Old Rectory, Bridge House, Buckingham, Tucker House, Reeve Court and the Globe Hotel will be festively decorated with each offering its own yesteryear experience. One of the Samaritans’ Cottages will also be open for the first time in decades following a careful restoration. "The Bermuda National Trust could not hold this event without a huge amount of community support, our Trust volunteers and our generous sponsor, Butterfield Bank. This year marks our 10th anniversary with Butterfield as our sponsor and we are celebrating with a fireworks display at 9pm.” Parking — Tiger Bay/Penno’s Wharf, St. George’s Prep and St George’s Club Golf Course.  Ferry schedule and pricing.  Leaves Hamilton Ferry terminal at 5.30pm and returns leaving St George’s at 9.15pm. Adult Hamilton to St. George’s return $10. Child Hamilton to St. George’s return $5. Shuttles from Marginal Wharf to Penno’s Wharf.  Depart every half-hour starting at 6.45pm. Last shuttle back to Marginal Wharf 8.45pm. Adult Shuttle Marginal Wharf to Penno’s Wharf $4. Child Shuttle Marginal Wharf to Penno’s Wharf $2. Check www.bnt.bm to buy tickets. Availability is limited.

  • EVENING HIGHLIGHTS. 6.00–6.30pm Christ Church Bell Choir. 6.40 – 7.00 Clearwater Middle School Choir and Strings. 6.35 – 7.05pm Their Majesties Choristers. 7.10pm – Chas Arnold Recorder Group. King’s Square. Master of Ceremonies, Town Crier David Frith. 6.00 – 6.35pm Bermuda School of Music. 7.00 – 7.30pm DanceSations.  7.30 – 8.00pm In Motion School of Dance. 8.00 – 8.30pm Jackson School of Performing Arts. 8.30pm Band & Corps of Drum of the Bermuda Regiment & the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band. The Globe Hotel (built in 1699) and Trustworthy Gift Shop. BHS Choir. John Cox signing his books. Ebenezer Church Leviticus Band.  Cello Ensemble 6.00 – 6.45pm. Adult String Ensemble 6.45 –7.15pm. Fireworks: 9pm.

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December 5-9. Bermuda Goodwill Golf Tournament. Port Royal Golf Course, Riddell's Bay Golf & Country Club, Mid Ocean Club and Tucker's Point Club. This 72-hole Stroke Play tournament is the oldest PRO-AM tournament in the world. With teams from the US, Canada and England participating. Spectator viewing is free and welcomed! ENQUIRIES: Bermuda Golf Association, 31 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 10, tel 441 295 9972. 

St. George's Santa Parade. 6 pm. Corporation of St. George.

Bermuda Fish Chowder Competition. Ordnance Island, (rain venue Penno's Wharf, St. George's. 

Late Night Shopping. Many stores stay open until 9 pm.

British style Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society Christmas pantomime, very much a part of the Christmas tradition. It is always a sell-out. Based on the UK pantomime tradition, it has a plot, jokes, political asides, costumes galore and fun.

December 25. Christmas Day in 2017. Public Holiday.

December 2017. From 6 pm. Hamilton Harbour. Christmas Boat Parade. 7. From 6 pm. Hamilton Harbour. Christmas Boat Parade. Held every other year. As in previous years, boats decorated with Christmas light displays circumnavigate Hamilton Harbour. Biggest spectator event of the year, and hoped to be the biggest parade fleet ever. Private boat owners, companies, charities and community groups are all encouraged to enter boats in the parade. This year's event will see the spectator event themed around the America’s Cup. Organizer Norma Thomson said: “This is the biggest spectator event of the year and we will be inviting the America’s Cup teams that are based here, as well as the America’s Cup Event Authority and the America’s Cup Bermuda to all enter boats in the parade. Plus there will be special prizes for the best America’s Cup boats entered by locals.” Private boat owners, companies, charities and community groups are all being encouraged to enter boats in the parade. Anyone wishing to participate in this year’s boat parade can do so via www.bermudaboatparade.bm. The first 30 boats to enter will receive $300 Lindo's gift certificate.

Christmas Boat Parade

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December 26. Boxing Day. Public Holiday. Bermuda’s Gombey troupes take to the streets for their traditional Boxing Day celebrations. Today, the art form is instantly recognizable for its dance, rhythmic drumming, theatre and symbolically colorful dress — but those who took part were keen to educate about the true meaning of their culture, which harks back to the era of slavery.

December 31

  • City of Hamilton. As the clock strikes midnight, the traditional Bermuda Big Onion drops at City Hall. It's a local tradition, just as New York has its Crystal Ball. Bermudians refer to themselves as Onions, from the days from the 1840s when real big luscious Bermuda Onions were exported all over the world until the 1920s. 

  • Also, Hamilton's Uptown New Year’s Eve Block Party, from 9pm until 1am. Court Street will be closed between Ewing Street and Victoria Street for the duration of the event and restaurants and bars in the area will remain open during the evening. A big screen will be erected at the entrance to Victoria Street and a fun zone will be created in EF Gordon Square. There are many bars, restaurants and take-aways on Court Street. The event has been organized as part of a drive to revitalize North Hamilton and promote community engagement. It has the support of the Bermuda Government, the Corporation of Hamilton, the Young Progressives and local businesses, residents and MPs.

  • Town of St. George. King's Square, St. George's. New Year's Eve Party. Until 1 am New Year's Day. The Old Town, Bermuda's capital until 1815 will take on an “artistic vibe,” with Water Street becoming an “evolving gallery as photographers project images of their work onto some of Bermuda’s oldest buildings. As the clock approaches midnight, fire-eaters and bagpiper David Frith will keep the energy high. After the onion drop, revelers will be treated to a 15-minute laser show.

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City of Hamilton crestPublic Holidays. New Year's Day in Bermuda.

Harness racing.

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Bacardi National Par 3 Golf Tournament. Turtle Hill Golf Club. No entry fee for the tournament, but players are required to qualify in one of the following four categories – Professional; Men; Senior Men (55 years +) and Ladies. The top 10 gross scores plus ties in each category will be eligible to participate. 

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and the Mid Atlantic Athletic Club (MAAC) annual Fairmont to Fairmont Race. It takes runners on a 7.2-mile course between The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and The Fairmont Southampton and is considered the beginning of the running year, attracting competitors from across the globe. It is used by many runners as the final warm-up for International Race Weekend, which starts on Friday, January 16. The Fairmont to Fairmont Race also includes a competitive walking category, a three-member team relay, and a Junior 3K race. The course takes the competitors from The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel, along Front Street, East Broadway, The Lane, Harbour Road, Burnt House Hill, Middle Road and up The Fairmont Southampton Driveway before finishing at The Fairmont Southampton's Private Beach Club. Harry Mulenga and Ashley Estwanik won last year's  male and female categories. The main draw prize for this race will be a four-night stay at The Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico, with round-trip JetBlue tickets. There are also prizes for the top male and female finishers of the Junior 3K. The Fairmont to Fairmont Relay Race will award prizes for the top finishers in the male, female, and mixed categories. The adult Fairmont to Fairmont race has prizes for the top male and female finishers in the 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over, and 70 and over categories. Also winning prizes will be the first male and female walkers as well as the first tourists, and the winning Fairmont employees.

Bermuda International Race and Marathon Weekend. Front Street, City of Hamilton and the National Sports Centre, Frog Lane, Devonshire. Bermuda National Athletics Association. P O Box HM 2156, Hamilton HM JX. Includes Bermuda International Marathon and Bermuda International Half Marathon; Invitational Mile races and Bermuda Triangle Challenge Mile, Front Street; First race in Bermuda Triangle Challenge series; Beat Retreat ceremony performed by the Bermuda Regiment Band accompanied by the Bermuda Islands Drum Corps; Bermuda International 10K and 10K Walk start-National Sports Centre, Devonshire; Second race in Bermuda Triangle Challenge series; Bermuda International Marathon & Bermuda International Half Marathon start, Front Street, Hamilton; Third race in Bermuda Triangle Challenge series. 

Bermuda Festival (evenings). From January through March.

 Bermuda’s Restaurant Weeks.  Exploring Bermuda's food culture. Featuring discount deals at restaurants in the hope of reeling in some business during the slow months of the year. Especially good for budget-minded tourists from the USA not used to regular far higher than in USA restaurant prices. In 2016 45 restaurants have taken on the challenge to provide Bermuda-inspired dishes (see Bermuda Cuisine) in their Restaurants Weeks’ menus. Those offering Bermuda-inspired dishes have increased from 24 to 31. Three-course menus are tiered in three price categories -- $29, $39 or $49. Back this year is the People’s Choice Award, allowing diners to vote for the restaurant they feel best incorporates local food culture in their menus. In 2015, Muse was the People’s Choice Award winner. Individual restaurants show their pricing.

Bermuda Regional Bridge Tournament. Bermuda Bridge Club, held at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel, 101 South Road, Southampton. Seven days of bridge, panel shows and other entertainment. The Bermuda Regional is in a class of its own and introduced in 2013, repeated again in 2016, is Bermuda Gold, a 0-750 games offering gold points. If making offline reservations, ask for the Regional Bridge Rate.

Bermuda Festival (2017 January-March). 

 World Captive Forum (WCF) 2017. The WCF features delegates from all over the world, including Europe, North America and Latin America. Bermuda’s business chiefs are out in force for this even, last held in Florida in 2016. It includes several speakers from Bermuda including lawyers, regulators and business leaders. They use the event to try and bring new business to Bermuda. The forum’s 2016 location in Florida, plus its 26+ year history, attracted a large number of delegates from the potentially lucrative Latin American region. There has been exponential growth in business from Latin America since 2000 when Bermuda started negotiations to sign a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Mexico — the first agreement between an offshore jurisdiction and a Latin American nation. The TIEA with Mexico had been followed by others with Colombia and Argentina. They do not consider Bermuda a preferential tax regime — a tax haven. Bermuda had made other inroads into the Latin America market. Once the TIEA signed with Brazil comes into effect Bermuda will enjoy the same advantages as Colombia, Mexico and Argentina. Latin America is seen as a region which presents growth opportunities for the Bermuda captive market. Overall, the WCF has served as a good base for Bermuda to showcase its expertise as the largest captive domicile in the world. 

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Black History Education month.

February 1-28.  Heart Disease Awareness Month. The City of Hamilton has partnered with the Bermuda Heart Foundation to promote heart health. The city will be hosting the ‘My City Heart’ Instagram contest. Through the contest, people can take a picture with a large heart cut-out that will be placed on the lawn of City Hall. They can then post the picture on Instagram, with the person who earns the most likes winning a prize. Sionna Barton, Marketing and Development Manager at the Bermuda Heart Foundation, said: “This February is Heart Disease Awareness month, and we are encouraging everyone on island to be proactive about their heart health. “A sedentary lifestyle may increase the risk of heart attack almost as much as smoking. We need Bermudians to adapt easy-to-embrace ways to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and improve their heart health. “Get active. You don’t have to join a gym or run in a 5K. Start small by incorporating physical activity into your daily routine more and more: Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the farthest end of the parking lot or use your lunch break to take a quick walk.” Meanwhile, mayor Charles Gosling said the corporation was excited to help raise awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women in Bermuda. “We sincerely hope that everyone will participate and have some fun while educating themselves and making a difference,” he added.

PLP Founders Day

Loquats ripen. Loquats can be found on many trees throughout Bermuda, often growing wild.

2016 Bermuda Festival performances.

World Captive Forum (WCF) 201. The WCF features delegates from all over the world, including Europe, North America and Latin America. Bermuda’s business chiefs are out in force for this event. It includes several speakers from Bermuda including lawyers, regulators and business leaders. They use the event to try and bring new business to Bermuda. The forum’s location attracts a large number of delegates from the potentially lucrative Latin American region. There has been exponential growth in business from Latin America since 2000 when Bermuda started negotiations to sign a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Mexico — the first agreement between an offshore jurisdiction and a Latin American nation. The TIEA with Mexico had been followed by others with Colombia and Argentina. They do not consider Bermuda a preferential tax regime — a tax haven. Bermuda had made other inroads into the Latin America market. Latin America is seen as a region which presents growth opportunities for the Bermuda captive market. Overall, the WCF has served as a good base for Bermuda to showcase its expertise as the largest captive domicile in the world. 

February. Bermuda Four Ball Championship. 

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January-February. Bermuda’s Restaurant Weeks.  Exploring Bermuda's food culture. Featuring discount deals at restaurants in the hope of reeling in some business during the slow months of the year. In 2016 45 restaurants took on the challenge to provide Bermuda-inspired dishes (see Bermuda Cuisine) in their Restaurants Weeks’ menus. Those offering Bermuda-inspired dishes increased from 24 to 31. Three-course menus are tiered in three price categories -- $29, $39 or $49. Back this year is the People’s Choice Award, allowing diners to vote for the restaurant they feel best incorporates local food culture in their menus. Individual restaurants show their pricing. 

Bermuda Festival performances. 

Second-last Friday in February. Bermuda National Budget Statement Day. Minister of Finance delivers his Annual Budget Speech on next financial year's government income, expenditure, taxes and more.  The fiscal year ends on March 31. The Budget must be passed in Parliament prior to the end of the first quarter of the current financial year. Once MPs have approved the statement and passed the Appropriation Act, the Senate debates the Budget, with a maximum of 22 hours allowed for their detailed discussion on the different headings. Senators have no power to alter the Budget but need to have it approved so it can pass into law by March 31.

Saturday, late  February. Midshipman Dale Ceremony St. Peter's Church, St. George’s. On this day a new marble gravestone was unveiled at the annual commemorative service for Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale. The ceremony marked the continuation, in 2016, of an 80-year tradition and the 201st anniversary of the death of Midshipman Dale — the last victim of the War of 1812. The original is preserved beneath the new stone. Retired United States Navy Captain John Rodgaard saw the deterioration of Midshipman Dale’s tombstone on a recent visit to Bermuda. He enlisted the support of retired US Navy Captain Vance Morrison, and the US Naval Order, of which both men are members, made a generous donation to The Friends of St Peter’s for a replica of the gravestone. TS Admiral Somers Sea Cadets played an integral part of the unveiling ceremony, having been instructed in the traditional manner of folding a ceremonial US flag. Wreaths were laid by Governor George Fergusson, Linda Rosalik, who represented the US Consul, and Reverend Erskine Simmons, the chairman of The Friends of St Peter’s Church. A special wreath was also sent by Louise Hall Reider, descendant of Scarritt Adams, the originator of the ceremony. Midshipman Dale died in St George’s from wounds incurred in a marine battle during the War of 1812 on February 23, 1815. Eighty-two years ago this month, US Navy Ensign Scarritt Adams arranged for flowers to be placed on the grave and for many years the US Military commemorated Midshipman Dale on the anniversary of his death. This ended when the US Marines left their Bermuda base. However, the tradition was adopted by The Friends of St Peter’s Church, who now gather every year at Midshipman Dale’s gravestone.

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Hamilton ParishMarch 1. St. David's Day. (A big day in Wales but not in Bermuda)..

March 1-2. Bermuda Festival. "For You---We Dance." Ballet Gala. Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall, Hamilton..

Bermuda Match Play Championships. Mid Ocean Club.

Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association's Mixed Doubles League starts.

Grey Goose World Par 3 National Championship, Turtle Hill Golf Club.

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Bermuda Healthcare Forum. Delegates include more than 100 from overseas along with a dozen accompanying guests. The conference is aimed at buyers for major hospital systems, long-term care facilities physicians groups and health benefits and service providers in the North American market. The conference, to be held at Rosewood Tucker’s Point, will be structured around eight themes designed to address the changing risk landscape in healthcare and feature a variety of industry participants describing how different companies are handling changes. Healthcare is moving to patient-centric care and the changes in reimbursement and integration of providers delivering care are revolutionizing the industry. Ross Webber, chief executive officer of the BDA, will moderate a CEO panel at the conference, which will discuss why companies have domiciled in Bermuda and the benefits for healthcare clients of doing business on the island. Bermuda is regarded as the market of choice for healthcare liability insurance buyers due to the amount of capacity available, a high standard of contract certainty and the ability to create new products in response to market needs. Areas insured include hospitals, senior and long-term care homes, blood and organ banks, assisted living facilities, diagnostic centres, physicians groups and rehabilitation and research centres. Bermudian-based global insurers are able to provide more than $350 million capacity for a single risk and can write lead and excess layers on an insurance programme. The market has a solid track record of claims payments and has retained consistency through all market cycles, as well as providing substantive limits.

March. Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals is set to return, continuing a 53-year (in 2018) tradition. Casino Evil will be performed at Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall. This year’s musical production will bring the all-male cast for comedy, singing and the HPT brand of chaos. Formed in 1844, HPT have put together 169 original productions, with Bermuda serving as the last stop on the tour since the 1960s. Amira Weeks, tour manager for HPT, said: “The actors and crew would tell you that our trip to Bermuda is what they most look forward to every year. This year we are especially excited to be staying at the beautiful Elbow Beach resort. First-time Pudding show watchers will be astounded by standout singing, a laugh-out-loud script, colorful and expertly designed costumes and set pieces, and an incredible ten-piece live band. Not to mention, the kick line dance number that ends every show will leave you astonished at how high our all-male cast can kick. It’s a must see.”  HPT first came in 1963, every year since then. Oldest theatrical company in North America. First began as a secret society in 1795. Sponsored annually in the past by the Bermuda Government's Department of Tourism, now replaced by the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Tickets, prices, times and more at phone 295-1727.

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March 17. St. Patrick's Day. Celebrated in Bermuda. Emerald Isle Society Dinner Dance and imported Irish entertainment.

 Bermuda Triple Challenge starts. Back, with international pros taking part and a new division for America’s Cup teams to compete. The obstacle race, which raised more than $55,000 for charity last year, has grown by leaps and bounds: participation is up by 30 per cent year over year, according to organizers. Four professional racers from overseas will join local teams in running, jumping, climbing and crawling through three days of challenges around the Island. Matt Novakovich, Juliana Sproles, Brakken Kraker and Val Smith, veterans of the international Spartan Race challenge, will provide this year’s international contingent. Jason Correia, one of the event’s founders, said an elite individual division had been created this year to draw interest from other countries and cater to athletes looking for a pure race experience. “We are also extremely excited for 2016 as we have been awarded Obstacle Course Racing World Championship qualifying status,” Mr Correia said. The top three male and female elite individuals will be eligible to compete in the World Championships.” Reid Robinson, a co-director of the Triple Challenge, said the group had been “blown away by the charitable funds the participants raised in 2015”. Organizers have added extra challenges, as well as invited Anthony Carson, an announcer for the Spartan Race, to emcee all three events. This year’s participants will raise funds for the Reading Clinic, Knowledge Quest, Raleigh Bermuda, Somerset Primary PTA, the Sunshine League, and SCARS. The challenge starts with the Argus Urban Foot Race through the streets of St George’s on Friday, March 18, followed the next morning by the KRYS Global Island Challenge hosted by the Bermuda Regiment. It closes on the Sunday with an assault on Dockyard, the Chubb Royal Challenge. The challenge is sponsored by KRYS Global, Chubb, the Argus Group and the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

March 24. Bermuda National Trust (BNT) Palm Sunday 2018 Walk. 2017 is the 45th in 2018 year of the walk, which promotes appreciation of the National Trust. A good way to see a part of Bermuda not normally seen. There will be hilly parts and the route is not suitable for strollers or dogs. Details on how people can sponsor the walk in support of the Trust are available at bnt.bm. For more information call 236-6483.

Holy Thursday in 2018.

March 30. Good Friday Public Holiday in 2018.

2018 Bermuda Open Golf Tournament, Port Royal Golf Course. Bermuda Golf Association President Craig Brown said that deciding to cancel 2016's Bermuda Open was one of the “hardest decisions” he has had to make. He cited a lack of sponsorship and dwindling resources as the main reasons behind the removal of the association’s flagship event. An event that has diminished considerably in stature during the past decade, the Open suffered from the arrival of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda and the change in the qualifying for the professional tours. With constant changes to the event’s place in the calendar and an ongoing fight to secure funding, the BGA has finally decided that enough is enough. “Over the years, the BGA has needed to make a large financial commitment to stage the Bermuda Open, and given the current financial position of the association, this is no longer a viable option,” Craig Brown, the BGA president, said. “It’s not sustained itself at a level you would expect a national championship to be at. We don’t have the finances, nor do we have the resources to pull something together that we feel warrants that [title].” Although the Open should be the island’s premier golfing event, in reality it has been pushed to the side as the Bermuda Tourism Authority pursues the visitor numbers and exposure that can be gained by supporting events such as the Bermuda Golf Classic, the Gosling’s Invitational and the Nike Golf PGA Team Championship of Canada. These, and a host of other smaller events which have proven to be more sustainable both financially, and in terms of golfer interest, have taken precedence. “It’s been an ongoing struggle for the association to raise the funds, even though we have a good working relationship with the BTA,” Brown said. “It’s been difficult to raise the level of funding that we feel makes it [the Open] attractive [for players] and sustainable for the association, that’s really what it’s about.” Brown hopes the tournament will return bigger and better than it has been before. However, that move will not be rushed and the overriding determination is to provide a tournament that is “of a standard befitting the title”. Preliminary talks with minor tours, such as the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, have reportedly taken place, with the Bermuda Golf Association hoping to find a partnership that will elevate the Open’s standing and secure it a place in an already hectic global schedule. “We’re still in discussions to discover what part of the season we can get the best traction, but it’s also about putting on the right event for Bermuda,” Brown said. “We’ve got big plans, we know where we want to go with it. We know the idea and vision, but we also want a tournament that the whole island can be proud of. “That’s where we are trying to get to, and hopefully we can make it a very strong event.” While the desire is to see the tournament return next year, there is a stronger desire to ensure that it is only brought back when it can meet the high standards that the BGA expect of the event. There is a definite shift to put it back on the calendar for 2017, but again we are committed to getting it back to a standard that we feel will befit a national championship and the island. Everyone involved will have to agree that is the right time to get it back in to the rotation. We are fully committed to preserving the rich history of the Bermuda Open, and we are confident that a collaborative approach will ensure that when the Bermuda Open does return to the calendar it will be a much-improved event of which we can all be proud.”

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April 2018

Paget ParishThroughout April.  Hospitality Month.

Bermuda Public Health Week

April 1. Easter Sunday in 2018. 

Easter Sunday services island-wide.

City Food Festival. Food lovers are treated to a delightful array of desserts at the opening event.

Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association Langton Junior Tournament. Open tennis, spectators welcome.

Bermuda Open Volleyball Tournament .

Bermuda Lecture & Tours Guided Walks.  Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Bermuda Bridge Club Games. Open to all.  7 Pomander Road, Paget. Phone 441 541 0551.

Bermuda Triple Challenge. 

Cruise ships begin arriving for 2018 season

Harbour Nights festival begins weekly on Wednesday evenings (to October). 

Bermuda Golf Classic, Port Royal Golf Course

The Progressive Labour Party's 54th in 2018 Founders Day and Drum Majors Awards Celebration. 

Paget Parish Crest.

April. Risk Management Society (RIMS) (Annual) 2017 Conference and Exhibition. 

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Bermudian business leaders are to hold a special reception at this major insurance industry conference. RIMS continues to find ways to energize its annual conference and deliver impactful educational programming that empowers attendees to better serve their organisations and advance professionally, Bermuda plays an important part in the insurance industry and has been a long-time supporter of Rims initiatives. The invitation-only meeting will be held as Bermuda touts for business at the annual Risk and Insurance Management Society event. Around 200 representatives from the island’s insurance and reinsurance sectors will attend the conference, alongside Government leaders and regulators. The Rims event attracts around 10,000 delegates, including senior executives and risk management professionals, and also features about 400 exhibitors. 

Peppercorn Ceremony.  202nd in 2018. Hundreds gather in King’s Square to watch the annual event. The annual tradition in St George’s is based around Freemasons paying their symbolic rent for the Old State House. Numerous civic leaders are present to watch the treasurer for the Freemasons officially pay the peppercorn rent which is unchanged in two centuries. Festivities include a parade by the Royal Bermuda Regiment. Freemasons represent lodges from several countries, Attended by the Governor and his wife, Premier,, MPs from both sides of the House of Assembly, and the Mayor of St George’s, After his speech, the Governor’s council leave to conduct the annual meeting in the Old State House. Strains of bagpipes echoed through the streets of St George as the town marks one of the oldest traditions in the Island’s history. The passing of a simple, symbolic peppercorn from the Freemasons Lodge to the Accountant General, and the accompanying pomp and ceremony, attracts hundreds of locals and visitors to King’s Square. Bermuda Regiment soldiers stand to attention as the town's Mayor and Bermuda's Governor arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to continue a ritual that dates back to 1816. Within the town are 170 listed buildings, 10 historic monuments, six forts and one unfinished church. The town of St George is an original and in 2000 gained Unesco status.

Easter Classic at the Oceans (Ocean View and Mid Ocean Golf Courses).

April 21. Her Majesty the Queen's actual birthday, 91 in 2017. She is Britain's, Bermuda's and the rest of the British Commonwealth of Nations' longest-ever living sovereign.

Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA) Regulation, Operations and Compliance 2017 Symposium - 7 Symposium - see https://www.rcaonline.org/symposia/regulation-operations-compliance-bermuda/ - at the Fairmont Southampton, which in 2016 attracted more than 250 alternative investment and asset management executives to Bermuda. 

Bermuda Agricultural Show. Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Paget. Annual exhibition that attracts tens of thousands of residents — both young and old — from across the island, and visitors. The Botanical Gardens becomes a hive of activity for three days. The Ag Show has been an institution in Bermuda for generations and almost all Bermudians have fond memories of it. It offers an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to get together, share stories and experiences, and participate in friendly competition. The AG Show Ltd is now a registered charity, established in February 2015  for the purposes of holding the annual agricultural exhibition. The annual Ag Show, sponsored by all British counties in the UK where farming is still a major part of the local economies but is no longer the case in Bermuda, nevertheless welcomes as many as 25,000 attendees in Bermuda over three days and features up to 4,000 exhibitors. Participation in the event includes a large portion of the Island’s population, from seniors who have been attending it since the show’s early days, to schoolchildren and toddlers who get an introduction to things they might not see in their everyday lives. The show will celebrate agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry. The show has a rich history. Its roots extend back as far as 1843, when then-Governor Major General Sir William Reid encouraged the adoption of agriculture on the island, where principal occupations included shipbuilding and seafaring. The Governor organized an agricultural exhibition with ploughing matches at Mount Langton and the whole colony became interested in farming

April 23. St. George's Day, the flag of England - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_St_George -  in the UK. One of Bermuda's Parishes, the Town of St. George and English Admiral Sir George Somers, who founded Bermuda, are named after the saint. St. Peter's Church flies the flag of St. George on this day. Also, today is the 450th anniversary of the birth  of William Shakespeare - see http://www.shakespearesbirthday.org.uk/ whose 1610 "Tempest" was later proved to have been based on the 1609 discovery of Bermuda led by Admiral Sir George Somers. 

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