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SOFTBANK TEAM JAPAN OFFICIALLY OPENS BERMUDA BASE

May 17, 2016


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DOCKYARDS, BERMUDA – May 16, 2016 – SoftBank Team Japan, together with a crowd of over 500 dignitaries, friends, and family members, celebrated the completion of the team’s new Bermuda base on Saturday, May 14 with a traditional “roof wetting ceremony” performed by Premier Michael Dunkley.

The official opening of the facility caps a 5-month construction program along the Dockyards waterfront and marks a significant milestone in the Japanese campaign.

SoftBank Team Japan General Manager Kazuhiko Sofuku was on hand to propose a ceremonial sake toast at the opening.

“Unbelievable! I am really proud of our team”, said Sofuku, enthused by the progress the team has made since announcing their America’s Cup challenge just over one year ago.

“Since the end of last year, we’ve put lots of effort into building our base along with our sailing program. It was an enormous amount of hard work for a small team in such a short time but it proved that we could achieve a big task as we work together.”

With the Japanese flag flying high above the base, Bermuda Premiere Michael Dunkley did the honors of christening the facility – an island tradition that involves pouring a bottle of rum on the roof of the building.

“The sake toast and traditional Bermuda roof wetting were a wonderful cultural exchange and it was great to see such a big crowd out for the event”, said Minister for Economic Development, Dr. Grant Gibbons.

“Everyone that I’ve spoken to at SoftBank Team Japan has been delighted with the support they’ve received here in Bermuda. I’d like to thank everyone involved, from local contractors, to movers, to Bermudian members of their team for all the hard work in getting them set up so quickly and successfully.” Read More »

Team BDA Set To Begin Training Schedule

May 15, 2016


Members of Team BDA – Bermuda’s entry into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – are gearing up for tough training sessions to get them ship-shape for racing.

Between June and September, the Team will be training on the water and off for more than 40 days in gruelling physical drills and technical exercises.

These summer sessions will be the first time the final 15 will be in training clinics together, where now they compete for a starting spot on the team of six. Others not in the starting six will form the back up squad and shore team.

Ultimately they’re training to race on the AC45F catamaran – the same high-tech, high speed vessel used in the Louis Vuitton World Series event in Bermuda last October.

Team member Emily Nagel, who competed in the 2015 ISAF Team Racing World Championships, said she was sure the regime would be a big step up for everyone.

“The AC45Fs are incredible boats and you obviously have to be a skilled sailor as well as an immensely fit athlete if you have a chance of being able to compete.

“I cannot wait to get involved. I’m lucky enough to have sailed in a number of World and European championships, but competing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will be a whole new level.”

Team BDA is being mentored by Oracle Team USA and racing will take place in the Great Sound in June next year.

Six youth crews will compete in Bermuda through their affiliation with current America’s Cup teams. Up to ten additional teams will be selected by Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher before the end of November this year.

They will then race in a Qualifying Series to determine the top eight who will face off in two days of fleet racing scheduled during the week between the America’s Cup Finals.

“The Team BDA training schedule is June 4 – 12; July 4 – 10; July 16- 23; August 8- 19 and September 10- 17. The team’s preparations are funded entirely from donations,” a spokesperson said.

“Show your support by checking out the team’s donor page or sharing a message on social media using #supportTeamBDA.”

Artemis Position Is A Shore Thing For Tristan

May 12, 2016


In NASCAR and Formula One they have the Pit Crew. In the America’s Cup they are called the Shore Crew. This is the team behind-the-team that makes sure the race boat is ready to race.

Opportunities to work on this team are, understandably, rare – so for Bermudian Tristan DeSilva getting a position with the Shore Crew of Artemis Racing was a chance he could not let slip by.

In this video, we go inside the Artemis Racing base at Morgan’s Point and hear more about Tristan’s role with the team, how he got started in the maritime industry and what this job means for his future:

 

America’s Cup puts New York in a Bermuda state of mind

May 8, 2016


AC_BDA-4Bermuda was on full display at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York event with multiple activations throughout the riverside AC Event Village.

Visitors had a unique opportunity to learn all about the Island at the Bermuda Tourism Authority booth. Making their way through the moongate entrance, guests could get a picture in the photo booth with Bermuda-themed props and backgrounds as well as peer through a special viewfinder featuring Bermuda photos. Read More »

Happy Hour in New York – Bermuda Style

May 7, 2016


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The weather might have been dreary but the vibe at the Gosling’s Rooftop Bar in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York Event Village felt more like sunny Bermuda.

Yesterday, to kick off the festivities at this weekend’s Event Village, Bermuda-themed cocktails were the focus for a special happy hour at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza which overlooks the Hudson River. Read More »

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