Behind the scenes: Team Luxury flies to Bermuda ahead of the America’s Cup

The maximum average weight per sailor who participates in the America's Cup is 87.5 kilograms, and team members must weigh in and weigh out every Monday and Friday. Photo by Sam Greenfield
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A trip to the island of Bermuda to interview the professional competitive sailors participating in the America's Cup and learn about the technical aspects of the sport, is not the average writing assignment for a journalist who specialises in fashion. But, Officine Panerai was announced as the official watch brand of the 35th America's Cup, and this presented the perfect opportunity to learn more about the sport.

The America’s Cup, which is actually the oldest sporting trophy in the world, takes place every few years. The last winning team, Oracle Team USA, got to pick the location of the 2017 races, and they chose Bermuda: a British overseas colony characterised by beautiful waters and picturesque pastel buildings.

The competing teams are all stationed at Boaz Island, where they work tirelessly to improve their race boats and practice on the water.

Read more about the America’s Cup in Luxury magazine, out with The National on Thursday, May 11.