The 35th America's Cup is underway in the azure blue waters of Bermuda's Great Sound. Over the coming weeks, four teams will take to the waves to challenge for the right to face off against reigning champions, Oracle Team USA. Jimmy Spithill, skipper of the US team, competes during the second day of racing on May 28.
First staged in 1851, the America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport.
An invasion of 200,000 fans is expected for the event, with many boarding on cruise ships. Here, the Land Rover BAR team, skippered by Ben Ainslie, takes to the water.
Hopes of Ainslie's team competing for the title were dealt a blow after the boat was damaged in the challenger semifinals against Emirates Team New Zealand, forcing Land Rover to concede the race.
The America's Cup Class boats travel in close proximity to each other and at high speeds. Each is around 50 feet long and can reach speeds close to 50 knots (57mph), according to event organizers.
Emirates Team New Zealand work their pedal powered race yacht.
Land Rover BAR skipper Ben Ainslie gives instructions on board his team's vessel.
Artemis Racing skippered by Nathan Outteridge skim across the waters of Great Sound, Bermuda, during race 14 of the 2017 America's Cup qualifiers.
Groupama Team France, skippered by Franck Gammas, are pictured in action as they win qualifying race 13. It wasn't enough, however, to qualify Gammas's crew for the playoffs
SoftBank skipper Dean Barker issues orders to his team. The Japanese crew are facing Artemis in the semifinal stages.
SoftBank Team Japan and Artemis Racing get caught in a tight tussle during the playoff semifinal race.