BERMUDA CUP MATCH WEEKEND 2011
Why should you care? Well here are some reasons...
1. Fly to the Caribbean from NY in one and half hours
for $250 USD. It is not the Caribbean when you land you cannot tell the
difference, blue water, soca/reggae and drinks for so.
History in the Making
Slaves traditionally got Thursday evening off so they would do picnic and play cricket (they know how to lime long time). This East (St. George's) vs West (Somerset) grew into a tradition that is spanning scores of years now. It has even become a 2 day match called Cup Match. The first day is called "emancipation day" and the second "Somers day" after the founder of the Island, George Somers who ship wrecked his boat in 1609.
Bermuda's Cup match holiday is a two day, Thursday Friday holiday closest to to the 1st of august to celebrate the emancipation of slavery. The actual cup match is a cricket match held over the two days between a select team from the west and a select team from the east. While the match itself draws large crowds and has historic significance, the entire weekend is festive with large scale parties and concerts from Wednesday through Sunday.
In 2011 there are a few standout events in a schedule full of revelry..
Wed. July 27th
Walk with your bathing trunks for Beachfest VI Day 1 The chewstick foundation is a charity that provides artist development and youth empowerment programs, as well as event management. Chewstick's largest event of the year is Beachfest. Previously held only on the cup match Thursday, in 2011 they've grown to include a Wednesday night celebration on Bermuda's famous Horseshoe bay, featuring local and international dj's and live performances, unique emancipation celebration culminating in a beach j'ouvert.
In years past this night traditionally saw a Cup Match Soca concert take place, In recent years the night has not been dominated by one promoter or a particular event. All of the local Bars nightclubs will be packed as the island ramps up for the weekend. This year Mr. Vegas was the headliner and it was a big splash to play j'ouvert after till wee hours of the morning and into the beach.
Thurs. July 27th
Get suntan lotion, shades, cooler and swimwear for Beachfest VI Day 2 - The Box kicks over first thing in the morning but people were there since 4am putting up tents, DJs play throughout the day, with performance blocks, an open volleyball tournament, an open football tournament, an exhibition rugby match, east vs. West tug of war, a skateboard half pipe, leading into a sunset concert and beach party into the early hours of the morning. 2011 saw 10, 000 people hit the beach to swim, eat and drink as they basked in the sunlight. Check out the web site www.beach-fest.com and see our Beach Fest 2011 coverage.
Cup Match Day 1 - Somerset (West) vs.
St. George's (East)
Friday July 29th - 2 Massive events
to consume your whole day
Lubricate your hips for Soca Vs. Reggae
- The After Party
Saturday July 30th
There's always lots happening cup match Saturday, there's no established large event or promoter that dominates the day.
Sunday July 31st
Arguably the best raft-up in the world. The Non-mariner's race takes place at mangrove bay in Somerset. The race is put on by Sandy's boat club and features 'sea craft' constructed of no seaworthy materials and assortment of no rules for the nonrace and nonrace judges where the points mean nothing. The raft up party around and after the race has grown to dwarf the race itself in recent years. All of the islands party craft take to the water and tie together to party on the water with DJ's and even live performances on barges, most notably local star Collie Buddz. Non mariners = sun, water, dancing, floating and FUN.
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