Welcome to the home of America’s Cup Bermuda Ltd. (ACBDA). Here you can learn about Bermuda’s preparations as host of the 35th America’s Cup and some of the exciting opportunities it is bringing to the Island. For information on the competition itself please click on the AC35 tab.

America’s Cup Launches Volunteer Drive

October 18, 2016

Hamilton, Bermuda, October 17, 2016

Volunteer Appreciation Event of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series BermudaThe Bermuda community is invited to take an active role in the 35th America’s Cup by joining the Volunteer Program, ‘First Mates’ presented by XL Catlin.

Up to 1,000 volunteers will play an integral part in welcoming the world to Bermuda in 2017 and delivering the 35th America’s Cup which starts on May 26th and runs through the end of June 2017. Together with global (re)insurer XL Catlin, the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) and America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) are looking to build a team of passionate, committed and talented volunteers who will become ambassadors of the America’s Cup in Bermuda.

A range of exciting and versatile volunteer roles are available throughout the event, where six teams will vie for the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. Roles include interacting with spectators and guests throughout the venue and facilities and helping out behind the scenes in areas such as accreditation, on the water course marshalling, transportation and logistics, press operations and communications and information technology.

Whilst the motivations to volunteer will be personal to each candidate, local residents have the unique opportunity to contribute first hand to the success of this transformative event for Bermuda.  Volunteers will be at the center of the excitement, will have the opportunity to develop new skills and will gain invaluable experience and connections whilst networking with people from all over the world.

Sam Hollis, Chief Operating Officer, ACEA, says: “Volunteers are an integral part of why the America’s Cup events are successful all around the world.  We simply could not host these events without the invaluable contributions of those who volunteer their time and talent. We look forward to welcoming the diverse team of First Mates who will make up an integral and valued part of the 35th America’s Cup.”

To prepare for the 35th America’s Cup, a volunteer drive is being launched with sessions available for the general public to learn more about volunteering during next year’s event.

The sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at XL Catlin’s offices in Hamilton on Monday November 7, Wednesday November 9, Tuesday November 15 and Wednesday November 16.  Interested First Mates are invited to register by completing the online volunteer application form here: http://bttr.im/nxf2x.

Volunteers will be asked to commit an average of 120 hours over the course of the month-long event. There will be approximately 12 shifts over 30 operating days and average volunteer shifts will be 8 hours long. Preference will be given to individuals who are available to volunteer beyond the minimum shift commitment

Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA, says: “On behalf of the ACBDA, I would like to encourage the people of Bermuda to apply to become a First Mate. There are a wide variety of positions available and being a sailing enthusiast isn’t a requirement. The First Mates will help welcome the world for the 35th America’s Cup to experience the best Bermuda has to offer and our reputation of going the extra-mile for our visitors will shine.”

Potential First Mates should be at least 18 years of age by May 1st, 2017 and available to volunteer for the duration of the event from May 26th – June 27th, 2017. They also need to be available to participate in the mandatory volunteer orientation in mid-April 2017 and role-specific training as well as complete the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) training.

First Mates should be friendly and approachable, enjoy helping people, reliable, have effective communication skills, a great sense of humor, enjoy working in a team environment and flexible to changing circumstances.

XL Catlin Chief Experience Officer Paul Jardine says: “We are thrilled to be the Presenting Partner of the 35th America’s Cup Volunteer Program, First Mates.  We encourage as many people as possible to get involved. Being able to volunteer during the America’s Cup is not only an experience of a lifetime, it’s also an opportunity to showcase to the world all that Bermuda and its people have to offer.”

Organisers want to ensure your experience is rewarding, inspirational and memorable. The first step for interested volunteer candidates is to complete the online application prior to November 30th, 2016. The information submitted on the volunteer application form helps in matching volunteers with a role best suited for their skills, experience and interests. To avoid disappointment, applying as early as possible is recommended. For more information on the America’s Cup Volunteer Program, First Mates, presented by XL Catlin, visit: https://www.americascup.com/en/join-us/2_VOLUNTEERS.html.


America’s Cup Bermuda Appoints New On-Water Operations Chairman

October 14, 2016

Hamilton, Bermuda, October 11, 2016

A new On-Water Operations Committee Chairman for America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) has been named in the wake of the former chairman’s resignation.

Ralph Richardson, a former Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, held the chairman role from the inception of the committee last year up until September this year. He has resigned due to professional commitments.

Mr. Richardson will be replaced by Tom Miller, who has extensive sailing experience along with also being a former Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore. Mr. Miller has also represented Bermuda in the ball hockey World Championships and recently retired as a partner of PWC.

Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA, says: “We are immensely grateful to Ralph for his leadership and commitment to the ACBDA over the many months he has led this committee. As sorry as we are to see him go, he does so with our sincere thanks and best wishes. I am delighted to welcome Tom to the role as his extensive sailing knowledge and experience will be an asset to the On-Water Operations committee.”


America’s Cup Bermuda Celebrates Cross Island Major Milestone

Hamilton, Bermuda, October 7, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-25-02-pmThe first phase of Cross Island – the land reclamation project in Dockyard – has been completed ahead of schedule and on budget.  This marks a major milestone in Bermuda’s deliverables for the 35th America’s Cup.

While the infill phase has been completed, the next part of the project involves installing the infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage and telecommunications before the new nine-acres of land is handed over to the America’s Cup Event Authority, who will create the Event Village for the 35th America’s Cup. The overall village site will also hold the team bases for Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France, alongside the bases for ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan, which have been operational for some time.  Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing will have bases on Cross Island and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the media centre and the various hospitality facilities will also be located on the infill site.

Peter Durhager, Chairman, ACBDA, says: “The Cross Island project was a collaborative effort between the stakeholders of America’s Cup Bermuda, WEDCO, Ministry of Public Works, Planning Department, our Construction Managers BCM McAlpine and a range of vendors and contractors, local and international. It wouldn’t have been possible to complete a project of this scale ahead of schedule and on budget without the concerted effort of these agencies. On behalf of the ACBDA, I would like to thank everyone who was involved in helping us to achieve this significant milestone.”

The project began last November when a portion of the South Basin was filled with seven shiploads of granite. The aggregate came to the island on the MV Balder, a specialised ship that allowed the fill material to be offloaded by conveyer belt into the South Basin.

The total amount was 310,000 cubic yards of aggregate – 165,000 cubic yards of granite from a quarry in New Brunswick and 145,000 cubic yards from last year’s dredging project by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL). That project was part of multi-year contract between Bermuda Tourism Authority and RCCL to accommodate large RCCL cruise ship visits to Dockyard.

The Balder was one of the largest vessels to have ever sailed into the South Basin and the process involved two highly specialized tractor tugs to assist the vessel entering and departing. The tugs were assisted by staff from the Department of Marine and Ports.

Dr. Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development, says: “This milestone shows what Bermuda can accomplish when we set our minds to a task and work together. I congratulate and thank everyone involved in ensuring that Bermuda honours our commitments. We are proud of our relationship and partnership with the America’s Cup and look forward to welcoming the remaining America’s Cup teams, sponsors, fans and visitors for the 35th America’s Cup.”

The infrastructure portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with the Event Village taking shape soon after. While the first use of the space will be for the America’s Cup, a process is underway to ensure the long-term deployment of this land by WEDCO for lasting legacy and value.

Andrew Dias, General Manager, WEDCO, says: “This project had been in the pipeline for quite some time and its completion is a dream come true for WEDCO. Our focus going forward is to create a lasting legacy for Cross Island. We have received hundreds of submissions as part of our long-term strategic planning for the further development and use of this wonderful waterfront resource following the America’s Cup and I look forward to helping to make some of those ideas reality.”

Bermudians progress towards Youth America’s Cup

August 24, 2016

RBYACBDAHamilton, Bermuda, August 23, 2016

Bermuda’s team for next year’s Youth America’s Cup is now complete with final selections made after an intensive training camp held last week.

The final members of Team Bermuda have emerged from a year-long selection process that began when 100 athletes, from across Bermuda’s sporting community, took part in initial fitness trials in September and December last year.

The team will now move ahead with its preparations to race against some of the world’s premier youth sailing talent in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The event, which takes place during the 35th America’s Cup in June, 2017, will feature up to 16 teams from around the globe. These teams will compete in the same foiling AC45s raced during last October’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Bermuda.

“Given the incredible physical and mental demands of racing an AC45 we have sought to not only identify Bermuda’s best young sailors, but also our best young athletes,” says Jane Savage, Chair of the Team Bermuda committee. “We’re confident that we have accomplished that goal, blending our sailing talent with competitors from a variety of sporting backgrounds, including football, boxing and rugby.”

The final 11 members of Team Bermuda were selected from a group of 15 that have been together since April of this year. The selections were made by team coaches Richard Clarke and Michael Barnes and strength and conditioning trainer Shaun Green.

The three coaches paid tribute to the “exceptional quality” of the entire group noting the talent and dedication they’ve shown this summer and the bonds that have been formed in their time together. Read More »

ACBDA Appoint Director of Marketing & Communications

August 23, 2016

Vicki Abraham copyVicki Abraham, a Bermudian communications professional with significant international experience, joins the ACBDA team as a full-time dedicated resource to focus on the marketing and communications aspects of Bermuda’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup and what it means to Bermuda and Bermudians.

The Director of Communications and Marketing role at ACBDA is a collaborative role between ACBDA and America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) to bring America’s Cup to the people of Bermuda. Ms Abraham will formally commence on September 19th.

Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA welcomed Vicki today. She is recognized in Bermuda from her years as a television news reporter, since which she has held senior management positions in marketing and communications in the non-profit sector and in telecommunications. Most recently she worked at the City of Hamilton, where she was a key part of the success of the Bermuda Fashion Festival.

Ms Abraham says: “There’s so much about America’s Cup that as Bermudians we can be proud of. I look forward to bringing the event to our whole community and making it relevant to everyone. This is as much about the inspiration for Bermuda to be even better at what we do and to believe even more in the place we call home as it is about the excitement of America’s Cup racing.

“As Bermudians we have a uniquely strong and proud culture where we come together when it matters. It’s our intent to give our whole community a reason to be proud.”

Mr. Winfield says: “As the AC35 approaches and the excitement increases, ACBDA needed a dedicated in-house resource to distribute information and strengthen relationships deep within the community. We welcome Vicki to the team to help us achieve this goal.

“One of the most important things to ACBDA, is that the people of Bermuda know all about the event, understand the significant benefits it is bringing to Bermuda and that those who want to participate, can do so easily.”

Ms Abraham will work alongside Mikaela Pearman, Marketing & Communications Executive for ACBDA. Ms Pearman’s responsibilities include internal communications, media relations and content development.

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