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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.

SJD World places the fun of the America’s Cup in children’s hands

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

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 13, 2017

All America’s Cup licensees have been through a rigorous process to win approval of their proposed product, but SJD World had an additional hurdle to overcome.

Not only did Creative Directors Stephan Johnstone and Anna Terceira convince the America’s Cup Event Authority that their product was worthy, they also chose to get it kid tested, and kid approved.

That’s because SJD World, a Bermudian graphic design company based in the creative hub of the Somers Building on Front Street in Hamilton, has produced an America’s Cup activity book specifically for children, complete with puzzles, colouring in, and a make-it-yourself Origami boat.

While Mr Johnstone and his team primarily work on marketing material and branding for businesses of all sizes, they have experience in producing books and worked with Ras Mykkal on his Bermuda’s Fly Flowers: The Seven Resident Butterflies of Bermuda.

An activity book that accompanied Mr Mykkal’s publication was the inspiration for SJD World’s America’s Cup book. The team was also contracted by America’s Cup Bermuda for a lot of the graphic design work in the past 6 months.

“When we came up with the butterfly activity book we were like ‘oh, we should do one for the America’s Cup’,” Mr Johnstone said. “We put together a bunch of different ideas and we started working on an Origami boat, and then we presented it to the ACEA in January.”

The boat presented its own challenges, with the America’s Cup Class yachts not among the many designs already available. In the end an exhaustive search by Ayana Bean resulted in the team having to create their version of an AC50 from scratch.

“We couldn’t find one that fit what we wanted to do, so we went to the drawing board and started from scratch. Everything was custom built. It was a complete team effort and everybody touched it in some way.”

There was outside help too, with Jeff Causey, a member of Oracle Team USA’s shore team, providing his technical expertise and the Causey children acting as testers on occasion.

“We had a group of kid testers and some adult testers,” Mr Johnstone said. “We had this model from the butterfly activity book and we applied it to this, and we have a bunch of kids that we ran each activity by.

“Even when it came to the Origami boat, we’ve done 50 different versions of that. Sometimes we would come up with a version of the boat and it wasn’t kid friendly, so, we’ve had to go back to the drawing board and fix it. We really wanted to do it so no glue would be required.

“There were a lot kids involved in the testing process.”

Ultimately it took a couple of months for the book to be finished, with Anna Terceira, who had previously worked at The Reading Clinic and WindReach, using her experience to make sure the book was engaging and educational.

“It took us a couple of months because as we finished an activity we ran it by the kids, even the colouring pages we ran by the kids,” Mr Johnstone said. “As we were producing them we were running them by the kids, by America’s Cup, so everything was happening simultaneously.

“At times it was a little difficult but the children had some really great ideas and input. Sometimes they will see things or catch things that we didn’t see.”

The book is already available in shops across the island and in the America’s Cup Village, and Mr Johnstone said the positive response he had received made it all worthwhile.

“The feedback has been great,” he said. “So far we’ve sold probably a 1,000 copies, and everyone that sees it, they don’t believe that we did it, or they don’t believe that it was created by Bermudians.

“It’s been really, really good. They loved it at the America’s Cup, they were completely amazed by all the work that had been put in to it and when we put together the actual boat. They’ve been very supportive and very helpful.”

SJD World has produced a video about the book, seen here:

 

TeamBDA off to a very solid start in Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 12, 2017

Bermuda’s own TeamBDA are tied for third place after a strong performance in day one of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers. TeamBDA finished a highly impressive fourth in race one, third in race two and second in race three.

The current Pool B standings:

Land Rover BAR Academy – 27 points

Spanish Impulse Team – 25

TeamBDA – 24

NZL Sailing Team – 24

Next Generation USA – 19

Candidate Sailing Team – 16

The team, made up of nine Bermudian youth sailors, is competing in Group B, along with teams from Austria, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain and the USA.

Speaking after the races, Skipper Mackenzie Cooper said: “It was a really good day for us. We went out and did what we wanted, which was to be consistent and get into the event. We definitely made a lot of mistakes and we’re going to look at the video tonight and clean that up, but for a start, and for day one, we’re really happy.”

Helmsman Dimitri Steven said today was stressful and looks forward to improving tomorrow.  “It was stressful! I don’t really like light winds but we made the best of it and got some good results. We are looking to improve the boat mechanics and keeping everything slow and calm, especially in the light winds. You can’t really rush around with what we’re doing.”

Tomorrow’s races will be held from 5pm to 7pm and will be the only races scheduled for the day. 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 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 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. Ferries leave Hamilton at 10:45am and 3:45pm and one returns at 8pm. Ferry tickets for both runs can be used on either run tomorrow. Transportation must be purchased in advance at www.americascup.com/tickets. You can also take the public ferry to Dockyard at 4pm or 5pm and take a passenger shuttle from the Clocktower Mall to the America’s Cup Village entrance.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup qualifiers will not be televised live but can be seen on the large screens in the America’s Cup Village.

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

 

LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP CHALLENGER PLAYOFFS SEMI-FINAL RACES POSTPONED

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 7, 2017

America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), the independent organisation responsible for the rules and regulations of America’s Cup racing, confirmed today that the four Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals races scheduled for Wednesday 7th June have had to be postponed until Thursday 8th June. The decision to postpone was taken due to the sea-state and wind speeds on Bermuda’s Great Sound racecourse exceeding the 24 knot speed limit agreed by all six America’s Cup teams.

Iain Murray, ACRM Race Director said, “Whilst there was dramatic action yesterday, well within the wind speed limits, today was a different matter. We have been constantly monitoring conditions on the racecourse during the course of the day and have decided that there will be no racing today as the sea-state and average wind speed measured on the racecourse over the allotted time exceeded 24 knots.

“The forecast for tomorrow is for lighter winds and good conditions and if those forecasts are accurate I am confident we will see more fantastic racing here in Bermuda between the four teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs Semi-Finals.”

While the racing may have been postponed, the America’s Cup Village was open for business and people continued to flock into the world class hub of all the 35th America’s Cup action in Bermuda.

On Thursday 8th June the America’s Cup Village is scheduled to open at 11.30 and a busy program of racing is planned from 2.00pm. Anyone with a ticket to the America’s Cup Village on 7th June is strongly urged to check their email for communication from the America’s Cup about their tickets.