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June 26, 2016
Bermuda’s three resident America’s Cup teams opened their doors to the people of Bermuda at Foil Fest on Saturday, June 25. Thousands of residents and visitors were treated to a look inside the teams bases, a meet and greet with the sailors and three drags races between the “super charged” AC45s in the waters just off the cruise ships berths in Dockyard.
ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan welcomed the public into their Dockyard facilities and Artemis Racing, who are based at Morgan’s Point, had a booth at the event village where they signed posters and took pictures with the fans.
“This was a great chance for us to meet with and thank the community in Bermuda who have supported us so much since we moved here last year,” said skipper ORACLE TEAM USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill.
The event, hosted by America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) and WEDCO, also featured a variety of local vendors and demonstrations from Dolphin Quest, the International One Meter remote control sailboats and Coconut Rockets flyboarding team.
Throughout the day a number of local fleets ran the same drag race course as the America’s Cup boats, with 12 year-old Rian Geraghty McDonnell winning the Optimist class, Quinton Simons, onboard “Stir de Pot”, winning the Comet class and Scott Mello first across the line for the Windsurfers.
“It was great that these fleets supported the event and I think they enjoyed the races,” says Adam Barboza, project manager for ACBDA. “I’d like to thank DeDe Cooper, Gladwin Lambert and David Kendall for organizing their fleets for the day.”
The Bermuda Pilot Gig Club also staged two races, the first between their competitive races teams and the second with “celebrity” teams, one of which included Bermuda’s Governor, George Fergusson.
In the main event the America’s Cup teams took to the water in their AC45 “test boats” that they are using to develop the technology and systems that will power the official America’s Cup Class in June of 2017.
“We had about 10 knots of wind, maybe a little more at times, and the boats reached speeds up to 30 miles-per-hour,” says Mr Barboza. “Very few people have seen these new boats race so it is fantastic that they put on this show for Bermuda.”
After three closely contested races, SoftBank Team Japan emerged as the winners of Foil Fest, with ORACLE TEAM USA in second and Artemis Racing in third.
For their victory, SoftBank Team Japan will donate the $12,500 in prize money, which the teams put up for the competition, to the Centre Against Abuse and The Reading Clinic.
“We know there are a lot of charities doing important work in Bermuda, in fact we were supposed to choose one and ended up settling on two,” says Dean Barker, skipper and CEO of SoftBank Team Japan. “I hope the people of Bermuda enjoyed all the activities and races at Foil Fest, we certainly enjoyed being part of it.”
Another important occasion taking place at Foil Fest was the introduction of the finalists for Team BDA, Bermuda’s entry into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, taking place in Bermuda in June, 2017.
ORACLE TEAM USA has adopted the Bermuda team, meaning that they will automatically qualify for the event. Mr Spithill introduced the team and explained that the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup provides a “pathway” for youth sailors into America’s Cup sailing.
Mike Winfield, CEO of ACBDA, thanked the three AC teams, and the event’s community supporters, Butterfield and Vallis, BELCO, BF&M, Butterfield Bank and Logic, plus the staff of WEDCO and ACBDA for all the work that went into planning and running the event:
“There is no official America’s Cup racing in Bermuda this year so we wanted to do something special for the community.
“The teams immediately embraced the idea and I’m really pleased that so many people came out and took advantage of this unique opportunity.”
June 23, 2016
Bermuda is invited to an exclusive event on Saturday, featuring America’s Cup teams. Foil Fest 2016 featuring Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA (OTUSA) and SoftBank Team Japan is hosted by America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) and WEDCO in Dockyard from 11am to 4pm.
Foil Fest features many activities taking place across Dockyard and in the adjacent waters. The public will have a unique opportunity for an up close look at the incredible hydrofoiling catamarans, as well as being able to tour the Dockyard bases of OTUSA and Team Japan. Artemis Racing will also have a public presence at the event.
Plans have been put in place to make the event accessible for the public. Attendees are encouraged to use the public ferry system to travel to Dockyard. The regular Saturday ferry schedule will run that day in addition to a 12 noon ferry to Dockyard and a late 8:30pm ferry returning to Hamilton for those who wish to stay and have dinner in the west end. A special 11am ferry will depart from St. George’s to Dockyard and return at 4:30pm.
For those who prefer to drive, free parking is available to Moresby Plain via the new road that was completed earlier this year. A shuttle will transport drivers to Dockyard, free of charge.
Boaters will be allowed to raft-up near the race course as general public spectating on water is permitted. An area marked with yellow buoys will be a no-go zone for safety purposes, which is around the race course. Course marshalls and marine police will be on site to keep the race course clear.
There is no registration for boats and boaters are asked to travel five knots and cause no wake around the race area. Boaters are asked to exercise caution at all times.
Base tours at OTUSA and SoftBank Team Japan will be held from 11am to 1pm only. This is the first time the community has been invited to tour the bases, an opportunity typically afforded to sponsors and team guests. Dolphin Quest will hold a demonstration from 11am to 12:30pm followed by Coconut Rockets Flyboarding at 1:45pm and AC Endeavour sailing sessions.
Additionally, the Foil Fest racing schedule will also include some of Bermuda’s other wind-driven fleets including Optimists, Comets, Kite Surfers and more. Each fleet will be given the opportunity to make the 800-metre run as quickly as possible.
The on-water activity starts at 11am with the International One Metre demonstration race, followed by the Optimists at 11:30am and the Comets at 12noon. The Kiteboarders will do a demonstration run at 12:15pm followed by the Dock Out Show hosted by Glenn Jones with the America’s Cup sailors at 1:10pm.
The Pilot Gigs will start their race at 1:30pm followed by the moths at 1:45pm. And the main event, the AC45 drag races will happen at 2:15. The Dock In Show, prize presentation and introduction of Team BDA will take place at 3pm.
Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA, says: “We are excited to host this event and encourage the community to travel to Dockyard for a great, family fun day. The teams are looking forward to showcasing the new boats to the people of Bermuda and hopefully the wind cooperates. Thank you to our supporters for Foil Fest – Butterfield & Vallis, Belco, Butterfield Bank, BF&M and Logic.”
June 16, 2016
The stakes at Foil Fest have been raised with Bermuda’s three resident America’s Cup teams, Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan, putting some money where their speed is… for a good cause.
The three teams are donating a combined $12,500 with the winners of the June 25 event choosing a local charity to receive the donation.
Nathan Outteridge, skipper, Artemis Racing, says: “We’re excited to be showcasing the new boats to the people of Bermuda, and it’s great that we can combine this with giving a little back to charities doing some fantastic work here on the island.”
The format for Foil Fest will see the three teams duel in a series of ‘speed runs’ just off the cruise ship docks in Dockyard. It is a unique format designed to bring the action as close to shore as possible.
Jimmy Spithill, skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA, says: “We’ve been in Bermuda for over a year now and we are a part of this community. The America’s Cup is very much a ‘winner-take-all’ competition and this has the same spirit – but we’re doing it for a good cause.”
In addition to exciting action, close to shore, the America’s Cup teams look forward to welcoming the public to the event. ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan will have their Dockyard bases open from 11am to 1pm, while Artemis Racing, based at Morgan’s Point, will also have a presence at the event.
Dean Barker, skipper and CEO, SoftBank Team Japan, says: “We had the pleasure of combining a sake toast with a traditional Bermuda ‘roof wetting’ when we opened our base last month. The community has been very supportive and accommodating and it’s great to have a chance to return the hospitality.”
Foil Fest will be held from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, June 25 and will also feature taster sailing sessions with the America’s Cup Endeavour program and a ‘course-side’ event village offering food, drink, a free kids-zone and other vendors and activities for land-based spectators.
Additional racing will include local fleets such as Optimists, Comets, Kiteboarders and Moths. Dolphin Quest and the Bermuda Pilot Gigs will also put on demonstrations at the event.
Admission to Foil Fest is free and the public is encouraged to travel to and from the event using the public ferry system.
A St. George’s ferry will depart at 11am and return at 4:30pm while an extra ferry will leave Hamilton at 12pm and a late, 8.30pm, ferry has been added to the schedule for those who wish to stay in Dockyard for dinner.
Those travelling by car will be able to park at Moresby’s Plain, off Pender Road, and a complimentary shuttle service will provide transportation to the event from there.
Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA says, “We always intended this event to bring the America’s Cup closer to the people of Bermuda and we appreciate all the support we’ve had in helping make that to happen.”
Community supporters of Foil Fest are Butterfield & Vallis, BF&M and Butterfield Bank.
June 10, 2016
Some of Bermuda’s racers will also take part in Foil Fest when they run the same race course as the America’s Cup catamarans at the Saturday, June 25 event.
Hosted by America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) and WEDCO, Foil Fest will be an opportunity for several local racing fleets to showcase their skills along with the high-tech catamarans of Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA (OTUSA) and SoftBank Team Japan.
The unique ‘drag racing’ format allows for straight line races that run as close to the cruise ship docks at the Royal Naval Dockyard as possible.
One of the principles of the new style of the America’s Cup is ‘stadium racing’ that can be enjoyed from the shore.
Mike Winfield, CEO of ACBDA says. “The drag race concept is completely unique to this event and we thought it would be great for some of the local fleets to run the course as well.”
The local sailboat racers include junior sailors in Optimist dinghies, competitors from Bermuda’s Comet class and Kiteboarders.
Gladwin Lambert of the Comet class says: “I’ve seen the AC45s out on the Great Sound and they are amazing machines. Racing this format in the Comets should be interesting, because it’s not so much about tactics, just getting a good start and going fast.
“Of course we have the Edward Cross Long Distance race the weekend before and we’re excited about being a part of Foil Fest as well.”
Also racing at Foil Fest will be the Bermuda Pilot Gig Club (BPGC), who will do an exhibition race right before the main event.
Three of the 32-foot fibreglass vessels will line up in a showcase that represents an important part of Bermuda’s maritime heritage. These boats are modelled on the traditional gigs that took the Bermudian pilots out to help them incoming ships negotiate Bermuda’s dangerous reef system.
Debbie Jones of the BPGC, says: “We’re obviously not in sail boats but the tradition of the pilot gig is deeply rooted in in our sailing history. Of course our traditional gigs were built for speed, so we’re looking forward to showcasing them to people who haven’t seen them in action yet.”
Foil Fest runs from 11am to 4pm and, in addition to the racing action, will include public tours of the OTUSA and Team Japan bases plus taster sessions with the America’s Cup Endeavour programme. Artemis Racing will also have an on-shore presence at the event and all three teams will have their AC45s on moorings in Dockyard.
There will also be a ‘course-side’ event village offering food, drink, a free kids-zone and other fun activities for land-based spectators.
Andrew Dias, general manager, WEDCO, says: “We’ve seen from other events that the America’s Cup can be as fun on-shore as it is on the water. The atmosphere is going to be great and something the whole family can enjoy.”
Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to travel to and from the event using the public ferry system. Those travelling by car will be able to park at Moresby’s Plain, off Pender Road, and a complimentary shuttle service will provide transportation to the event from there.
May 31, 2016
America’s Cup teams will take centre stage on June 25, 2016 at the Royal Naval Dockyard when America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA), in conjunction with WEDCO, host “Foil Fest 2016”, featuring Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA (OTUSA) and SoftBank Team Japan.
As an exclusive event for Bermuda, Foil Fest presents a unique opportunity for the public to witness the incredible speed and technology of the hydrofoiling catamarans, as well as tour the Dockyard bases of OTUSA and Team Japan. Artemis Racing will also have a public presence at the event.
A free ‘event village’ will offer other family friendly activities, while all three teams will also have their AC45 catamarans on moorings at Dockyard for public viewing.
The sailing teams will then take to the water later in the afternoon for a series of ‘drag races’ to showcase the incredible speed of the race boats that are presently in the testing phase, as the teams design and build their official boats for next year’s finals.
Mike Winfield, CEO, ACBDA, says: “The boats will do their speed runs right next to the cruise ship docks in Dockyard so that the spectacle can be enjoyed as easily on the shore as on the water. These boats are much more powerful, and faster, than the ones we saw in October and the teams are all very excited about showcasing them to the people of Bermuda, one year out from the America’s Cup in 2017.”
On shore the public can look forward to fun-filled day with the event hosted by DJ Rusty G and Glenn Jones. A free zip-line and kids zone, food, beverage and other vendors, plus taster sessions with the America’s Cup Endeavour programme will ensure something for all ages.
Andrew Dias, General Manager, WEDCO, says: “We’re looking forward to having the public come out to Dockyard and get another taste of America’s Cup excitement. There’s been so much progress in Dockyard this year and I think people will enjoy getting a feel for that too.”
The Foil Fest racing schedule will also include some of Bermuda’s other wind-driven fleets including Optimists, Comets, Kite Surfers and more. Each fleet will be given the opportunity to make the 800-metre run as quickly as possible.
Mr Winfield continued: “We’ve come up with a concept that will allow broad participation both on shore and on the water. It’s going to be a lot of fun for all who participate, including the America’s Cup teams. This is being specially planned and presented for the people of Bermuda so we don’t want anyone to miss it.”
Foil Fest 2016 will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday June 25. More details concerning parking, the schedule of events and transportation will be shared in the coming weeks.