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America’s


Above: Former residents of Kingswear Phillipa and Nick Hutton and their son Rafa in Bermuda.


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Photographs by Alex Palmer/Landrover BAR. All taken in Bermuda.


n the 1st of December, my husband Nick, our one year old son, Rafa and I left our lovely house in the


South Hams, to catch a flight to Bermuda – the host venue for the 35th America’s Cup and our new home for the next eight months. Nick, who grew up in Kingswear and learned to sail at the Royal Dart Yacht Club, has spent the last two years training in Portsmouth as part of Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR crew, ahead of the Team’s challenge for this, the oldest trophy in international sport.


Cup Countdown


By The Dart contributor, Philippa Hutton, has recently moved to Bermuda, where she has joined her husband Nick (former resident of Kingswear) who is part of Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team campaigning to win the 2017 America’s Cup. Over the coming months, Philippa will be providing By The Dart readers with an ‘exclusive’ behind the scenes glimpse into the lead up to and the event itself.


It’s a huge logistical challenge, relocating a sailing base and all the families that go with it anywhere, let alone to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and it’s been years in the planning. We loaded our personal effects – including six months’ worth of nappies; $20 per small bag over here - so a definite priority, along with a potty – into a container in October and our boxes were waiting for us at our new pad, the Hamilton Princess Hotel, when we arrived pre-Christmas. Hotel-living has its benefits (two brand new infinity pools and a buffet breakfast to die for not least) but also its challenges (you try entertaining a toddler in two rooms, for three days, when there’s a tropical storm raging outside…) but we are gradually adjusting to some sort of routine and feeling remarkably ‘local’ already – even giving directions and advice to the regular hotel guests. The island itself is beautiful, with virtually empty beaches so far because Bermuda does not have Caribbean wall to wall sunshine all year round; in fact it is renowned for being capable of producing four seasons in one day. I’ve been caught more than once heading out in shorts and a vest top, to return soaking and shivering a few hours later. Nick and the Team meanwhile are


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