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TeamBDA does Bermuda proud in Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 21, 2017

TeamBDA brought the Island together during the America’s Cup as thousands of Bermudians came to the America’s Cup Village, watched from the water or tuned in to television and radio to witness the team compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

The team sailed against the best youth sailors in the world last week and qualified for the Finals. After an incredible win in race one yesterday, TeamBDA fought strong with some impressive sailing, which just wasn’t strong enough against the experienced Land Rover BAR Academy and other seasoned teams. TeamBDA finished eighth on the leaderboard, tying with Germany at the end of the two-day regatta with 33 points.

TeamBDA did Bermuda proud. The youngest team in the fleet, having trained fulltime as a team only since January, with some of the members having not sailed before joining the team, they have become hometown heroes. Bermudians of all walks of life turned out in droves to support TeamBDA as they raced against professional sailors, waving flags, cheering loudly and blasting airhorns, a Bermuda sporting tradition.

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) won the regatta with 50 points followed by NZL Sailing Team with 48 points, Team Tilt (SUI) with 42 points, Artemis Youth Racing (SWE) with 37 points, Team France Jeune with 35 points, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR  with 34 points and SVB Team Germany with 33 points.

This is the first time Bermuda has competed in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and the first time black sailors have sailed in the regatta.

Speaking after the races, Skipper Mackenzie Cooper said he was proud of his teammates and thanked the Island for its support.

“It was a tough last day for us, but it’s all about the big picture and what we’ve accomplished here in making the Finals and being a part of this incredible event. I think that’s what we really have to focus on – what we’ve done for Bermuda, being role models and showing that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is, you can achieve things on the world stage. That’s really important to us.

“I can’t thank my team enough. What an incredible journey. It’s weird to think that for some of us it’s over, like myself, we’re aging out. But this bond is unbreakable and we will be mates for life.

Helmsman Dimitri Stevens said: “I’m just happy that we’ve had this moment and got to enjoy ourselves. We didn’t do as well as we hoped but we went out there, we made it to the Finals and we put our name out there. Hearing the people in the Grandstand just gave us an extra push to try and do better. I love to hear everyone’s horns and shouts. It was great.”

You can learn more about TeamBDA and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup here: www.acbda.bm/teambda-home

TeamBDA wins race one of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 20, 2017

Bermuda’s own TeamBDA won the first race of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, but find themselves sixth on the leaderboard after the first day of racing in the final stage of the regatta. TeamBDA snatched a stunning win in race one, well ahead of the fleet and then placed eighth in race two and sixth in race three.

Today, the America’s Cup Village was filled with fans for the hometown heroes. From the chill zone in front of the main stage to the promenade and the grandstand, Bermudians were out in full force to support TeamBDA. Loud cheers and airhorns could be heard and flags were waved both on the water and on land.

This is the first time Bermuda has competed in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and the first time black sailors have sailed in the regatta.

The current standings:

Land Rover BAR Academy – 28 points

Team Tilt – 21

Team France Jeune – 21

Artemis Youth Racing – 20

NZL Sailing Team – 18

TeamBDA – 18

SVB Team Germany – 15

Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR – 15

Speaking after the races, Skipper Mackenzie Cooper said: “It was up and down out there for us today. We got a race win and to get a win in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals in front of our home fans was an incredible feeling for all of us. It came from a good start and using our boat speed to get out in front. I think that’s what we need to clean up for tomorrow and make sure that we’re more in the mix, not having to fight back as much.

“We’re so grateful for the support and we would love to see everyone back out tomorrow. It motivates us to keep fighting when we’re in tough spots. The support has been incredible.”

Helmsman Dimitri Stevens is looking forward to improvements in tomorrow’s races.

“We came out the blocks well. We got a win in the first race but didn’t do so well in the second race after getting a penalty at the leeward mark, so we tried to work back from that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to. The third race we didn’t have a great start, but we managed to grind back. Overall, it was an OK day. I wouldn’t call it great but I wouldn’t call it horrible. Tomorrow, we’re hoping to go out and have fun and do better. We’re hoping to pull out another first.”

Tomorrow’s races will be held from 2pm to 3:30pm. Bermuda residents are encouraged to make their way to the America’s Cup Village to support the team. Here are the various ways you can support TeamBDA:

  • Buy a ticket for the America’s Cup Village for just $10 and watch the races on the big screens and along the shoreline.
  • Buy a ticket for the Grandstand, from $70, which is directly in front of the finish line and watch the boats fly by at the end of each race.
  • Buy a ticket for the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy ® Island Bar, from $150 and watch the races in a party atmosphere from an elevated terrace.
  • Take your own boat out and watch the races on the Great Sound with private boat registration.

Tickets for the America’s Cup Village, Grandstand and Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar are available at www.americascup.com/tickets.

If you plan to watch the races in the America’s Cup Village, you can take the dedicated ferry from Albuoy’s Point, Hamilton directly to the America’s Cup Village. Ferries leave Hamilton at 10:45am and 12:15pm and one returns at 4:30pm with the final ferry at 6pm. Transportation must be purchased in advance at www.americascup.com/tickets. You can also take the public ferry to Dockyard and take a passenger shuttle from the Clocktower Mall to the America’s Cup Village entrance.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals are televised live starting at 1pm on ZBM Channel 9, WOW Channel 109 and in HD on 20.9 terrestrial. You can also tune in to Ocean 89 for the radio broadcast.

You can learn more about TeamBDA and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup here: www.acbda.bm/teambda-home/

 

ALISON HINDS AND RICARDO DRUE HEADLINE AMERICA’S CUP VILLAGE MAIN STAGE ON 17 JUNE

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Alison Hinds, dubbed by fans worldwide as the undisputed “Queen of SOCA” will bring her powerful, emotional vocals and high-energy live show to the America’s Cup Village Main Stage from 5.30pm on June 17th.

Joining Alison on the Main Stage will be SOCA and R&B star Ricardo Drue, DJ Ryan Sayeed, Barrie Hype from Miami and DJ Crown Prince who mixes urban, Caribbean, mainstream, soul, top 40, moombahton (a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton) & electro.

These world class entertainers at the America’s Cup Village are in keeping with the carnival atmosphere of Bermuda Heroes Weekend, a national holiday on June 19th.

Tickets to the 35th America’s Cup on 17th June are available now from just $50 via www.americascup.com/tickets.

Before the entertainment on the Main Stage, all eyes will be on Bermuda’s Great Sound as America’s Cup Defender ORACLE TEAM USA takes on the Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand. The first two races in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, are scheduled to take place on 17th June from 2.00pm AST, and then attention will turn to the party in the America’s Cup Village that will run until 10.00pm.

Go now to www.americascup.com/tickets to book your place at the latest addition to the America’s Cup Concert Series.

Support Winners TeamBDA tonight at The Bermuda Shop

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 14, 2017

After successfully clinching their place in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals yesterday, TeamBDA will this evening celebrate by making an appearance at The Bermuda Shop on Front Street during Harbour Nights.

The team had a strong showing on Monday and Tuesday in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers and advanced to the final along with Land Rover BAR Academy, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR and NZL Sailing team.

To celebrate the team’s accomplishment, The Bermuda Shop will host a ‘meet the team’ event from 7pm to 8pm for the people of Bermuda. There will be posters available for signing, and TeamBDA merchandise on sale, including the team’s training shirt, t-shirts and backpacks. Every purchase will receive a limited edition TeamBDA bumper sticker.

Mackenzie Cooper, TeamBDA Skipper, says: “It was an amazing experience to see Bermudians supporting us on the water and in the America’s Cup Village during the two-day regatta. It meant the world to us to have the Island behind us as we competed against some of the best youth sailors in the world. We are excited to meet all our amazing supporters and we encourage everyone to come out to The Bermuda Shop tonight to celebrate with us.”

The team will only be in The Bermuda Shop from 7pm to 8pm and there is a limited number of posters. Bermudians are encouraged to come early to avoid disappointment.

TeamBDA will sail in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21 from 2pm to 3:30pm. The America’s Cup Village will be open from 11:30am to 5:30pm both days. The teams are racing in the AC45Fs used around the world in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 and 2016.

Bermudians are encouraged to come to the America’s Cup Village to support TeamBDA. Here are the various ways you can support the team:

  • Buy a ticket for the America’s Cup Village for just $10 per day and watch the races on the big screens and along the shoreline.
  • Buy a ticket for the Grandstand, from $70, which is directly in front of the finish line and watch the boats fly by at the end of each race.
  • Buy a ticket for the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy ® Island Bar, from $150 and watch the races in a party atmosphere from an elevated terrace.
  • Take your own boat out and watch the races on the Great Sound with private boat registration.
  • Wear TeamBDA Gear, available at The Bermuda Shop, Bermuda Blueprinting and AC Outfitters in Dockyard.

Tickets for the America’s Cup Village, Grandstand and Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar are available at www.americascup.com/tickets.

If you plan to watch the races in the America’s Cup Village, you can take the dedicated ferry from Albuoy’s Point, Hamilton directly to the America’s Cup Village. Transportation must be purchased in advance at www.americascup.com/tickets.

You can learn more about TeamBDA and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup here: www.acbda.bm/teambda-home/.

TeamBDA clinch their place in Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 13, 2017

TeamBDA triumphantly sailed their way to the Finals of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup after two days of strong racing on the Great Sound.

With the support of Bermudians in the America’s Cup Village and on the water, the home team fought hard for their place in the Finals of the competition and finished in the middle of the leaderboard with 45 points after six races.

Loud cheers were heard in the America’s Cup Village after TeamBDA sailed across the finish line in their last race to clinch their place in the Finals and the team could be seen celebrating on board their AC45F from the big screens. This is the first time Bermuda has competed in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and the first time black sailors have sailed in the regatta.

TeamBDA finished second in race one, sixth in race two and fourth in race three today.

Helmsman Dimitri Stevens was thrilled to move in to the next round, yet sees room for improvement.

“I’m a little disappointed in the actual results of the day, but we made it through so I’m very happy about that. The next round means more work. We need to do more work and hopefully we will get a good result. All the support and encouragement from Bermudians helps us to push as hard as we can to do as well in the racing.”

Skipper Mackenzie Cooper was pleased with the large turnout of Bermudian fans.

“What an amazing feeling. Coming in today, we knew we could do it and now we’re through. The pressure is off. We are so happy and this was goal number one. Now we have to re-evaluate and work toward our new goal number two, which is to do as well as we possibly can in the Finals.

“We’ve done it and I can’t thank our fans enough. Every single one of us, we have a bit of nerves before racing and even during racing, but then you hear the air horns and the people in the Grandstand and it puts a smile on your face, even in the toughest times. We can’t thank them enough.”

Yesterday, TeamBDA had a very strong performance and finished a highly impressive fourth in race one, third in race two and second in race three. They advance to the finals with Land Rover BAR Academy, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR and NZL Sailing team.

The current Pool B standings:

NZL Sailing Team – 51

Land Rover BAR Academy – 51

Spanish Impulse Team – 51

TeamBDA – 45

Next Generation USA – 36

Candidate Sailing Team – 36

Pool A qualifiers will begin on Thursday with teams from Japan, Germany, Switzerland, France, Sweden and Denmark.

The Finals will be held on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21 from 2pm to 3:30pm. The America’s Cup Village will be open from 11:30am to 5:30pm both days. The teams are racing in the AC45Fs used around the world in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 and 2016.

Bermudians are encouraged to come to the America’s Cup Village to support TeamBDA. Here are the various ways you can support the team:

  • Buy a ticket for the America’s Cup Village for just $10 per day and watch the races on the big screens and along the shoreline.
  • Buy a ticket for the Grandstand, from $70, which is directly in front of the finish line and watch the boats fly by at the end of each race.
  • Buy a ticket for the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy ® Island Bar, from $150 and watch the races in a party atmosphere from an elevated terrace.
  • Take your own boat out and watch the races on the Great Sound with private boat registration.

Tickets for the America’s Cup Village, Grandstand and Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar are available at www.americascup.com/tickets.

If you plan to watch the races in the America’s Cup Village, you can take the dedicated ferry from Albuoy’s Point, Hamilton directly to the America’s Cup Village. Transportation must be purchased in advance at www.americascup.com/tickets.

You can learn more about TeamBDA and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup here: www.acbda.bm/teambda-home/.

Photo credits – Beau Outteridge.