Bermuda Hopes the America’s Cup Doesn’t Go Sailing Away

On Tuesday, a majority of the detainees pressed their beaks to the edge of the fence, looking in the direction of open water and freedom.


The Great Sound in Bermuda, the site of the America’s Cup course.

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“They won’t have to wait much longer,” said Bryan Simons, 33, a boat captain who regularly dodges turtles in the Great Sound.

The America’s Cup match between Oracle and Emirates Team New Zealand could be over by Sunday if the New Zealanders, who lead 3-0, can sweep the four scheduled weekend races to win the series. The match could be extended and decided as late as June 28 if Oracle manages to improve its boat speed during this week’s five-day break. Oracle and its combative skipper, Jimmy Spithill, rallied from a much bigger deficit to defend against New Zealand in San Francisco in 2013.

“Hopefully, Jimmy can do what he did last time,” Mike Winfield, the chief executive of the America’s Cup Bermuda Development Authority, said in an interview Tuesday.

Team New Zealand appears to have more support at the cup village, where hundreds of Kiwi fans have gathered before and after races. But many Bermudans, understandably concerned with their return on investment, are in Oracle’s camp even if they are not as demonstrative as the Kiwis.

If Team New Zealand reclaims the trophy after a 14-year chase, it plans to stage the next defense at home in Auckland. If Oracle wins, there is still an outside possibility that the cup could stay in Bermuda — although Chicago, which bid for this year’s event, has continued to show interest in staging the next one on Lake Michigan, in 2019.

“Look, we’re not bright, shiny object chasers,” said Peter Durhager, chairman of the development authority. “This is about a very methodical process and what makes sense for…

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