America’s Cup vox pop: Central parishes

  • David Thomas

    David Thomas

  • Ashton Thomas

    Ashton Thomas

  • Alex Joll

    Alex Joll

  • Vernal Davis

    Vernal Davis

  • Steve Simons

    Steve Simons

  • Wyman Minks

    Wyman Minks

  • Chris Furbert

    Chris Furbert

  • Nicola Ellis-Cole

    Nicola Ellis-Cole

  • Anita Simons

    Anita Simons

  • Emma Lockstone

    Emma Lockstone


As soon as the official announcement was made yesterday afternoon that Bermuda would be hosting the Americas Cup finals, The Royal Gazettes reporting staff fanned out across the island to gauge reaction to the news. The event is predicted to spur an infusion of capital investment that Bermuda has not seen in decades as well as provide the breathtaking spectacle of huge state-of-the-art catamarans flying along and out of the water in their respective bids to win the coveted ornate silver trophy. In the west and to the east, and from every demographic sector, the response was one of delight and excitement. There are concerns accommodating potentially hundreds of thousands of visitors who would come to view the racing being the principal worry among Bermuda residents, but for now, it is time to celebrate.

Ashton Thomas, of Southampton, who is retired, said: I think its a great idea. Bermuda needs something like this the way the economy is. Im not a sailor, but I will be out there to watch it myself.

David Thomas, Jamaican Grill manager/owner, Pembroke: Its needed, plenty of jobs, better of exposure for the islands business and people.

The more people here the more opportunity for us. Im not into sailing but I admire them. Ive absolutely not seen anything as big as this come to the Island and I was born here. Nothing of this magnitude I hope they dont sink us.

Vernal Davis, a nurse and tennis pro from Smiths, said: It will be fantastic in terms of people coming here and I hope they fill our hotels right up. Ive done a little sailing in the past, but not much lately

Mr Davis added that the event was an ideal springboard to attract other major sporting events, like major womens golf tournaments, to replace the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Anita Simons, secretary, Sandys: I think its excitement and I look forward to being a part of the Americas Cup I just hope we have the space and accommodation to accommodate all the spectators that we hope to receive. I have sailed but not racing but I love it.

I think its going to trickle down into the community and everyone will hopefully be able to be on the receiving end of so many people coming in.

Professional fisherman Wyman Minks, from Hamilton Parish, said: I want to go and see it, anyway. Ive never sailed but Im a fisherman, so Im always out on the water. I have no problems with them bringing the Americas Cup here. Ill be happy to see it.

Union leader Chris Furbert said: It could be good for the country and its something that could galvanise the country.

The BIU president added: It needs to be handled in the right manner so that we can get jobs for Bermudians. This is a time for Bermuda to come together in the interests of the country.

Nicola Ellis-Cole, a therapist at a Hamilton hair and beauty salon, said she had just heard the news from a colleague and admitted she thought it was a golf tournament.

But Ms Ellis-Cole, from Pembroke, said: It will be great if it improves tourism, Im all for it. And if it means more activity for local businesses, Im all for that too.

She admitted: I didnt even know what it was and I dont sail but Ill certainly become interested.

Steve Simons, managing director, Spinning Wheel, Pembroke: If it lives up to the expectations then Bermuda will be in good standing. We look forward to hosting people from all over the world. I would say I am cautiously optimistic. I look forward to the excitement and hopefully it will benefit the Island.

Gap year student Alex Joll, from Warwick, said: Im sure its going to bring tourists to Bermuda and as long as the Americans dont win, Ill be happy.

It will bring a lot of money and you cant argue with that we all like money, so they are welcome. And maybe itll help get us out of our debt and create more jobs.

Emma Lockstone, hairdresser, Paget: I think its a massive thing and its really, really good. I cant wait for it to happen.

I just think even if they have no interest in it everyone is going to be overwhelmed by the whole thing. Everyone will have a new interest by the end of it.

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Published Dec 3, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 2:07 am)

America’s Cup vox pop: Central parishes

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