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Throughout April. ‘Experiencing Bermuda’ is the theme of 2017's Hospitality Month which will include a variety of events. Hosts Bermuda Hospitality Institute are hoping to attract as many residents and visitors as possible. The month, which includes Scavenger hunts, prizes and other events, will be launched at City Hall on April 4 at noon. BHI’s executive director Malika Cartwright said: “The theme for Hospitality Month over the past few years has been ‘Experiencing Bermuda’ and we are continuing with that, but in a more creative way. In the past getting people to actually go out and experience different sights and landmarks on the island was a challenge, that’s why this year we decided to make it as interactive as possible by introducing the scavenger hunt. We are encouraging people to download the BVO app or pick up the clues weekly from the Hamilton Visitors Information Centre; then in their free time they are encouraged to go out and explore all corners of Bermuda to compete for prizes from places like Cambridge Beaches, Fun Golf and Lindo’s, just to name a few. Those who visit the locations found in all 30 clues will be entered into a draw for a grand prize. In addition to getting people to have fun, the goal is to get residents ready for the influx of visitors Bermuda is going to have in the lead-up to the 35th America’s Cup in June. So when a visitor asks you a question you are able to say ‘I went to this place and I tried this’. Another aim is to get people reconnected with the island. A lot of times we get so busy with our routine we don’t take the time to visit these iconic and beautiful Bermuda locations. Some people have never been to these spots, others haven’t been in a long time. This is a chance to go out and explore the island and see what we have to offer and why we always tell people ‘we live where you vacation’.” For the entire month of April, Rosa’s will be concocting a speciality drink and all proceeds from that, and any blooming onions ordered, will go towards BHI’s various education and training programmes. On Wednesday, April 12, BHI will host a special graduation ceremony for those who completed their waiter server programme through the Division of Professional & Career Education (PACE) at Bermuda College. On this occasion, they will also recognise a few of their hospitality training students who took part in the START initiative. For more information, visit bhi.bm.
April 3-7. Bermuda Public Health Week.
City Food Festival. Food lovers are treated to a delightful array of desserts at the opening event. Those undeterred by the weather enjoyed a park atmosphere in the foyer of City Hall while sampling creations by the MEF Group, which was catering the event, The Pastry Girl, Bermuda Cupcake Company, Confections and Sweet Saak Bakery. People making an effort to attend despite the torrential rain, which led to the event moving from its original location in Queen Elizabeth Park to City Hall. Those in attendance were welcomed by town crier Ed Christopher and treated to live entertainment, including a rendition of Etta James’s At Last by singer Olivia Hamilton. The idea behind the weeklong food festival was to bring people into the City, especially on the weekends, while experiencing something new and fresh. As part of the City Food Festival, a chef competition will be held today and Wednesday, a wine tasting and food pairing on Thursday and the Bacardi Bartender competition will take place on Friday. Bermuda’s Street Food Festival will be held on Saturday. Some of the events require a ticket.
Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association Langton Junior Tournament. Open tennis, spectators welcome.
Bermuda Open Volleyball Tournament .
Paget Parish Crest.
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 2017 season.
Harbour Nights festival begins weekly on Wednesday evenings (to October).
Bermuda Golf Classic, Port Royal Golf Course.
The Progressive Labour Party's 53rd Founders Day and Drum Majors Awards Celebration.
April 9. Bermuda National Trust (BNT) Palm Sunday 2017 Walk. 2017 is the 44th year of the walk, which promotes appreciation of the National Trust. A good way to see a part of Bermuda not normally seen. In 2017 the walk will wind its way through Paget and Warwick It begins from The Bermuda College at 2pm or no later 3pm. It is about five miles and will take about two to two and a half hours to complete. The route will lead walkers to places that members of the public do not regularly get to explore including points of cultural and natural interest. A spokesperson for the Trust said: “While providing breathtaking views throughout, this year’s walk will visit spectacular sites of national significance, historic neighborhoods, a secluded nature reserve and pass several historic houses and buildings. “The Trust encourages all locals and visitors to come and participate in this great community event. All are welcome and there is no charge for participation, although donations would be greatly appreciated.” Road users in Paget and Warwick are asked to use care, as walkers will be on the road for most of the afternoon. Walkers should ideally wear sensible shoes as well as taking bottles of water. John Barritt & Son has agreed to provide the refreshments. This year's event has been sponsored by Sompo International which, according to the Trust "looks forward to the annual spring walk as a way to promote both environmental awareness and physical and mental health.” There will be hilly parts and the route is not suitable for strollers or dogs. Overspill parking will be at the Evangelical Church. Details on how people can sponsor the walk in support of the Trust are available at bnt.bm. For more information visit the Bermuda National Trust Facebook page or call 236-6483.
April 13. Holy Thursday in 2017.
April 23-26. Risk Management Society (RIMS) (Annual) 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Philadelphia. Bermudian business leaders are to hold a special reception at this major insurance industry conference. Michael Dunkley will become the first Premier of Bermuda to speak at a session of the insurance industry’s largest annual conference. Mr Dunkley will speak about Bermuda’s historic US ties and the island’s global economic impact as part of a new Executive Leadership Track to debut at the Rims 2017 The Bermuda Business Development Agency announced that the Premier will join four other Bermuda-related speakers. He will join other island-based or related speakers. They include Brian Quinn, founding director of Granite Management, Al Gier, president of the Bermuda Captive Owners Association and global director of corporate risk management and insurance at General Motors, Brad Kading, president and director of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers and Stephen Catlin, executive deputy chairman of XL Catlin and also chairman of the Insurance Development Forum. The event is expected to attract 10,000 risk-management professionals, service providers, senior executives and other decision-makers from a range of industries, plus 400 exhibitors. “I feel very privileged to represent Bermuda so prominently at an industry event that has been very significant to our island over many decades,” said Mr Dunkley, one of ten executive speakers. “The government is grateful to Rims for the opportunity to highlight Bermuda’s unique and substantial role as a world-respected international financial centre,” the Premier added. “The evolution of Bermuda’s highly respected market, our top-tier regulatory environment, our role in facilitating globalization and covering losses from the world’s worst disasters — these are topics that should be interesting and relevant to the Rims audience.” Rims organizers invited Mr Dunkley to be a guest speaker after the BDA successfully submitted two other session proposals on behalf of Bermudian industry stakeholders. “We’re delighted to see Bermuda represented so strongly at Rims 2017, especially via the new executive leadership sessions,” said Ross Webber, chief executive officer of the BDA, which has co-ordinated Bermuda’s presence at the prestigious event for the past four years. “There have been very few, if any, Bermuda speakers at Rims in recent years.” Webber noted. “Given the prominence of our island in the global insurance industry, this seemed like an anomaly we needed to address, so the BDA drove an effort to encourage Bermuda’s inclusion. It’s a fitting way to highlight the world-class talent in our jurisdiction, along with the innovation and global impact that have been hallmarks of Bermuda’s risk industry for the past half-century.” The Premier is scheduled to deliver his hour-long presentation, “Small wonder: Bermuda’s super sized impact on the world of risk”, on the afternoon of Monday, April 24. It will coincide with a session on captive insurance at the same time, featuring Bermuda’s Brian Quinn, founding director of Granite Management, and Al Gier, president of Bermuda Captive Owners Association and global director of corporate risk management and insurance at General Motors. Mr Quinn and Mr Gier will talk on the topic, “Cutting-edge captives: how to combat hail, hackers and non-human drivers.” The following day, April 25, another executive leadership presentation will feature a moderated panel on the Insurance Development Forum, moderated by Abir’s Mr Kading. The panel will include the IDF’s Mr Catlin, along with Joaquim Levy, managing director and CFO of the World Bank Group, and a representative from the United Nations Development Programme. The panel will discuss the industry-led initiative created last year to close the ‘protection gap’ and increase insurance penetration in emerging markets. “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,” said Stuart Ruff-Lyon, Rims vice-president, events and education. “The Executive Leadership Track gives our attendees access to world business leaders and the strategies they use to achieve greatness. We are proud to add this feature to the RIMS 2017 experience. Bermuda plays an important part in the insurance industry and has been a long-time supporter of Rims initiatives,” Mr Ruff-Lyon added. “Bermuda’s Premier is a great addition to the Rims Executive Leadership Track. He brings a wealth of knowledge and is a well-respected leader who will provide attendees with a unique perspective on the country’s very large impact on the world’s economy.” 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. The Bermuda reception will feature a “Taste of Bermuda” session, with eight local chefs recruited to create cuisine with an island flavour. Bermuda Business Development Agency chief executive officer Ross Webber said: “This is an important business development event that helps connect Bermuda to industry decision makers. We attend the Rims conference to maintain our leadership position and bolster our international business profile. At the same time, it represents a wonderful opportunity for Bermuda to demonstrate its world-class culinary culture to an audience that wants to learn more about our island.” Michael Dunkley, the Premier, Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, and Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development, will attend the three-day conference. They will be joined by Bermuda Monetary Authority CEO Jeremy Cox and members of his staff and Mr Webber. During the trip, the Bermuda delegation is expected to meet Rims president Julie Pemberton, tour the conference floor, visit the Bermuda industry booths and give media interviews to highlight the attractions of the island. Guests at the reception will be entered into a draw to win a trip to the island. The Bermuda booth at the conference will have an America’s Cup theme. The America’s Cup has a natural synergy with Bermuda’s brand of global business and tourism. The Bermuda booth is a two-storey structure with island architectural styling and will feature nautical additions, as well as America’s Cup videos and promotions to encourage delegates to visit the island. The BDA will partner with the BTA and Gosling’s Rum to host a special Bermuda reception on board the Moshulu, the largest original windjammer still afloat, which has featured in Hollywood movies, including the classic Godfather II. Mr Dunkley said: “We are honored to be part of the new executive leadership track debuting at RIMS and I’m looking forward to telling the Bermuda story. RIMS is such a highlight for us — from the Bermuda booth being featured in the Exhibition Hall to our hosting of the Bermuda reception. It’s an important opportunity to showcase why Bermuda is such a unique and resilient financial centre.”
April 14. Good Friday Public Holiday in 2017.
Easter Sunday in 2017.
at the Oceans (Ocean View and Mid Ocean Golf Courses)
Easter Sunday services island-wide.
Easter Classic at the Oceans (Ocean View and Mid Ocean Golf Courses)
April 20-22. 2017 Bermuda Agricultural Show. Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Paget. In 2016, on December 21. The AG Show Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bermuda Government to run the Annual Exhibition for the next three years. And the group has further agreed to help finance the revitalization of buildings at the Botanical Gardens over the coming years using proceeds from the event. According to ASL chair David Lopes, the first target for work will be the Education Building, with ASL donating $75,000 to restore the building. “The building is not in very good condition,” Mr Lopes told a press conference today. “It is one of, if not the oldest buildings at Botanical Gardens. During the exhibition, the building is used to display the primary school aged students entries. The building is in need of repair and ASL has agreed to donate the proceeds from the 2016 gate admissions for the repairs to ensure that the building can continue to be used for future shows.” Antwan Albuoy, ASL president, added that the building’s roof would be the main focus of work, with Cole Simons, Minister of the Environment, saying: “This is a community event and these buildings are for the community. For the event to be successful, we need proper facilities and ASL have come up to the wicket, fundraising for us.” Mr Simons said that ASL had requested a five-year MOI, but staff at the ministry felt confident that within three years it would in an economic position to host the annual event to the same standard as has been achieved by ASL. Detailing the 2017 show, Mr Albouy said that plans for a bigger and better show by reintroducing crowd favourite events like the tug-of-war competition are under way. The 2016 show had proven to be a major success for the vendor charities with about $45,000 raised during the event.
The cultural “institution” has traditionally been hosted by the Government of Bermuda, but was cancelled in 2015 due to financial issues. 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. Bermuda would not be the same without the Ag Show, and the Green family of Bermuda, owners of the Hamilton Princess and other properties sponsor this 2016 event. 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. For information on donations and sponsorships for the show, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizer David Lopes is hoping it will be “as good or better than it’s been before.” The show will celebrate agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry under this year’s “Homegrown” theme. This will be the first Ag Show in two years, after the Bermuda Government cancelled the 2015 edition for financial reasons. “We tried to keep it going last year but it just wasn’t possible,” Mr Lopes, a former ZBM radio host, said. After the complications, the Government entered into a public-private partnership with registered charity Ag Show Limited, allowing it to host the show. Mr Lopes, a farmer who serves as the ASL chairman, said that preparations for the 2016 event were “in the home stretch. This is all new to us and it’s quite a challenge,” he added. “Every day, when you think you’ve got everything straight, another challenge pops up. But we expected that and we’re prepared for it, plus we’ve had an awful lot of support from the community.” 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. Mr Lopes has a long affiliation with the show, where he first exhibited rabbits in 1955, before progressing to goats, poultry and cattle. He is keen that this year’s event, which already has 2,500 participants and exhibitors confirmed, maintains the traditional charm of years gone by. Entrants will compete in a broad range of categories including horses, pigs, rabbits, fruit, vegetables, roses, orchids and woodcraft. About 2,000 pictures have been entered for the junior art competition and there will be an emphasis on local entertainment. “The Ag Show is probably the biggest cultural event in Bermuda and welcomes people of all ages and from all walks of life,” Mr Lopes said. “It is not an option — we must keep this show going.” Entry will cost $10 for adults, $5 for children under 16 and senior citizens, and nothing for children under 6. For the 2016 event a team of acrobatic students will provide an energy boost to this year’s Agriculture Show. The youth jumpers from the Bermuda Heart Foundation’s Jump 2B Fit programme range in age from 7 to 18 and come from both public and private middle and primary schools. The team will be performing on Friday and Saturday at 2.15pm on the main entertainment stage in the Botanical Gardens. They will be performing a combination of single rope skills, double dutch skills, and gymnastics tumbling whilst in the ropes. The team train in the sport of jump rope, and have performed all over the island. They have also traveled internationally to represent the island in competition at the World Jump Rope and Pan American competitions.
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.
Compliance Association (RCA) Regulation, Operations and Compliance 201 Peppercorn Ceremony. Bermuda
Invitational Permit Meet. National Sports Centre, from 6.30pm to
8.30pm. An international track event organized by the Bermuda Tourism Authority
(BTA) and the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNNA). BNNA president
Donna Raynor said the event will “be like the America’s Cup of athletics”
potentially featuring Olympians and former Olympians competing. The BNAA made a
submission to its international governing bodies to become eligible to host the
event and approached the BTA for support through its Tourism Experiences
investment process. Pat Phillip-Fairn, chief product and experiences development
officer at the BTA, said: “In the same way the Danish national swim team is
here in Bermuda using our national pool to train for the Olympics, we will have
some of the brightest stars in athletics competing on our track in about three
months. The BTA is proud to be a key sponsor of this event because it helps
position Bermuda for the next level of sports tourism.” Officials are
reportedly in talks with agents and coaches to attract some of the top names in
athletics, while the BNNA will showcase local elite athletes during the
invitational including Tre Houston, Tyrone Smith and Aaron Evans. The schedule
of events will consist of 100m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1500m, men’s long
jump and females’ high jump. The athletes will compete for prize money. The
Bermuda Invitational is one of a series of permit meets held in the Caribbean
region – starting in the Bahamas, then Bermuda, Cayman and Jamaica. While
events are conducted separately, a BTA statement said they may become a circuit.
“A series of meets in the same geographic region is particularly attractive
during an Olympic year when athletes are looking for venues that are close by to
compete in. Bermuda would be well-positioned to play an important role in that
kind of circuit because geographically it is close to North America and the
Caribbean.” Mrs Phillip-Fairn said: “If we can make this meet an annual
staple, and part of a circuit that includes stops in the Caribbean, we then have
the potential to be a part of something truly ground breaking, elevating Bermuda
to a level of sports tourism even higher than the one we are speaking of
today.” The Bermuda Invitational Permit Meet will take place at the . Tickets
will be made available to the public starting February 29.
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.
Re-enactment, 10 am, Dockyard, Victualling Yard.
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.
Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA) Regulation, Operations and Compliance 2017 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.
Peppercorn Ceremony.201st in 2017. 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, including in 2016 the Mayor of Lyme Regis, the southern English town twinned with Bermuda, 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, in 2016, Michael Dunkley, the Premier, MPs from both sides of the House of Assembly, and the Mayor of St George’s, Quinell Francis, who arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, were officials attending. Governor George Fergusson and Mrs Fergusson, who arrived escorted by police, celebrated the final Peppercorn Ceremony of their time in Bermuda. In a speech to the crowd, Mrs Francis said that the Corporations of St George’s and Hamilton have been working together on improving governance through legislation, thanking Michael Fahy, Minister of Home Affairs, for amendments to the Municipality Act to allow them to again collect wharfage. Mr Fergusson highlighted the rich history of the island, but added that Bermuda remains a leader in the modern world. After his speech, the Governor’s council left to conduct its 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. It was also the site of the famous Bermuda Gunpowder Plot re-enactment in August 14, 2015.
Bermuda Invitational Permit Meet. National Sports Centre, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. An international track event organized by the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) and the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNNA). BNNA president Donna Raynor said the event will “be like the America’s Cup of athletics” potentially featuring Olympians and former Olympians competing. The BNAA made a submission to its international governing bodies to become eligible to host the event and approached the BTA for support through its Tourism Experiences investment process. Pat Phillip-Fairn, chief product and experiences development officer at the BTA, said: “In the same way the Danish national swim team is here in Bermuda using our national pool to train for the Olympics, we will have some of the brightest stars in athletics competing on our track in about three months. The BTA is proud to be a key sponsor of this event because it helps position Bermuda for the next level of sports tourism.” Officials are reportedly in talks with agents and coaches to attract some of the top names in athletics, while the BNNA will showcase local elite athletes during the invitational including Tre Houston, Tyrone Smith and Aaron Evans. The schedule of events will consist of 100m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1500m, men’s long jump and females’ high jump. The athletes will compete for prize money. The Bermuda Invitational is one of a series of permit meets held in the Caribbean region – starting in the Bahamas, then Bermuda, Cayman and Jamaica. While events are conducted separately, a BTA statement said they may become a circuit. “A series of meets in the same geographic region is particularly attractive during an Olympic year when athletes are looking for venues that are close by to compete in. Bermuda would be well-positioned to play an important role in that kind of circuit because geographically it is close to North America and the Caribbean.” Mrs Phillip-Fairn said: “If we can make this meet an annual staple, and part of a circuit that includes stops in the Caribbean, we then have the potential to be a part of something truly ground breaking, elevating Bermuda to a level of sports tourism even higher than the one we are speaking of today.” The Bermuda Invitational Permit Meet will take place at the . Tickets will be made available to the public starting February 29.
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.
Historical Re-enactment, 10 am, Dockyard, Victualling Yard.
Bermuda 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.
May 4, 2016. 25th (in 2017) Annual Habour Nights begin in Hamilton, until August 31. Every Wednesday evening. Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more. Saturday, May 6. 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.
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, BermudaHeritage 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 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. 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 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.
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 photo courtesy of the Royal Gazette daily newspaper of Bermuda
Island-wide Clean Up Week.
Bermuda Guitar Festival (Annual).
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.
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 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..
Bermuda Captives (Insurers) Conference (13th annual in 2017). Fairmont Southampton Resort. Ross Webber, chief executive officer of the Bermuda Business Development Agency be joined by Craig Swan, managing director of supervision at the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Jill Husbands, chairman of Marsh IAS Bermuda, Alan Gier, the global director of risk management and insurance at car giant General Motors who is also president of the Bermuda Captive Owners Association, and Grainne Richmond, president of the Bermuda Insurance Management Association. With 28 scheduled sessions over three days, the annual conference brings together the major players in the captive industry with the aim of reaffirming Bermuda’s predominance in the area as well as providing new industry insight along with networking opportunities. More than 800 people are expected to attend. They include current and prospective captive owners, industry experts as well as producers — the people who can advise companies to set up a captive — such as brokers, lawyers and bankers, among many others. An opening roundtable session will occur The Premier of Bermuda officially starts the proceedings with a welcome address. Given the overall context in which the Bermuda captive market is operating today, the roundtable session that follows deals with key global issues from a regulatory and business perspective. Healthcare and technology futurist Joe Flower will be the keynote speaker. The author of multiple books, he has explored the future of healthcare with clients including the World Health Organisation, the National Health Service in Britain, and state and provisional hospital associations in the US and Canada. Mr Flower has also been a consultant for change with the US Department of Defence, Airbus and ArianneSpace. Mr Flower’s 2012 book Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing it Right for Half the Cost examined the politics and cost of healthcare systems. A contributing editor and regular columnist at the Healthcare Forum Journal for two decades, he has also written a regular column for Physician Executive, the Journal of the American College of Physician Executives, is the author of articles for the Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities movement, and was a contributing writer for Wired Magazine and a columnist for health websites DNA.com and HealthCentral.com. Cyber risk, energy trends and new business opportunities in Canada and Latin America will be among the topics. Bermuda's speakers and panelists will be discussing topical and emerging issues such as cyber risk, oil and gas risk, Canada, Latin America, insurance-linked securities, taxation treatments, legal issues and recent claims and investment trends. Bermuda is the top global jurisdiction for captives, with 800 registered, supporting primarily Fortune 500 firms in the US. Bermuda-based captives support an estimated 25 per cent of the US medical insurance and reinsurance market and increasing numbers have come from Canada and Latin America in recent years. There will also be a “Bermuda Shorts” series of briefing sessions on specific lines of business, technical issues and targeted topics identified by captive owners and professionals. Group bookings can be made by contacting Stephanie Parson at email@example.com. For more information on the conference, call 295-2626, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://Bermudacaptiveconference.com.
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 email@example.com. 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. June 17 onwards. Bermuda hosts important races for the final qualifiers 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. 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. The 35th Defense; Best of 13 (first to seven points) Series. 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 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.
Smith's Parish crest
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.
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).
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
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
July 6 to Labour Day, Live Fun in
Sundays, Royal Naval Dockyard, Snorkel Park. local entertainment 11 am to 8 pm.
Family Fun contests BBQ, Water sports and Beach Volleyball.
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.
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
Big Game Classic (fishing).
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.
France and Bermuda.
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.
Mangrove Bay. Royal Gazette photo.
Non-Mariners Race, Mangrove Bay. Royal Gazette photo.
August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Bermuda delegation at major conference on captive insurance in the US.
Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) 201 2 Every Wednesday evening.
Social event, also features chefs, musicians, Gombeys and more.
Bermuda Night, Barr's Bay
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. Public Holidays.
Labor Day (USA and Bermuda).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 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 email@example.com 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
Daylight Saving ends. Following
US not UK methodology.
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.
Warwick Parish crest.
Exact dates and times will be shown when confirmed.
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.
Bermuda 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.
Above graphic: Captain John Smith
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.
Bermuda Festivaltickets available
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.
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.
Public Holidays. New Year's Day in Bermuda.
City of Hamilton crest
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.
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.
Devonshire Parish crest.
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.
March 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.
Hamilton Parish crest
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.
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.
US college and high school rugby teams arrive for the Ariel Re Bermuda Rugby 7s Tournament. National Sports Centre. Ivy League colleges, including Yale University, Columbia University and Dartmouth College, are among those sending athletes for the tournament while their schools are on spring break. Two squads from Dartmouth will extend their stay in Bermuda to have a spring training camp immediately after the tournament. Two teams from Yale will extend their stay for rest and relaxation. Two teams of Bermuda High School students and one team of college-aged players will participate in the tournament next month, competing against the visiting teams. “While we are very happy to start this new event with 13 teams, there is an opportunity for this tournament to grow quickly,” Tom Healy, Bermuda’s Sevens head coach, said. “One of the ways to ensure growth is to generate strong support from the public. We hope to see Bermuda come out to welcome our guests and to cheer for our young people who will be introduced to the world stage of rugby.” In all some 200 players and coaches are expected to travel to Bermuda for the tournament, which take place at the National Sports Centre on March 18 and 19. As well as being given the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best college players in the United States, Bermuda’s players will have a chance to showcase their talents in front of coaches who have university scholarships available. “Rugby 7s is a growing sport internationally and in Bermuda,” Michael Doyle, from Ariel Re, said. “We are extremely proud to sponsor the Ariel Re High School Rugby League and excited at how this programme has grown successfully over the years. Furthermore, we look forward to showcasing the collegiate opportunities available to our young players if they continue to work hard in the classroom and on the field.” The tournament is another example of the growing partnership between the island’s sporting associations and the Bermuda Tourism Authority. One that has already seen the Denmark swim team visit the island. “We relish the opportunity to introduce Bermuda to these college and high school students who are the next generation of travelers,” Pat Phillip-Fairn, a BTA official said. “There was a time when Bermuda was the premier spring break destination of colleges and universities. We’re now evolving Bermuda’s position in that space, targeting college and high school athletic teams on spring break to present an exciting new opportunity for our tourism industry, especially when we leverage the world-class training facilities at the National Sports Centre.”
Bermuda Collegiate Invitational Golf Tournament. Eight colleges from the United States are sending golf teams to the Island. The event is part of the Bermuda Tourism Authority's plan to increase sports tourism to the Island. The eight Division Three colleges who have accepted the invitation to play in the tournament are: Berry, LaGrange, Piedmont, Hampden Sydney, Roanoke, Randolph Macon, Shenandoah, and Greensboro.
2017 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.”
April 21, 2017.
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