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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/

 

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.

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/.

 

How to Support TeamBDA in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Posted on: June 8th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Bermuda’s own TeamBDA will be racing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and all of Bermuda is encouraged to come out and support the team.

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

Races will be held on June 12th (after the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Finals, should they go into Monday) and June 13th from 5pm to 7pm on the Great Sound. The teams will race in the AC45Fs used in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events, run in 2015 and 2016 around the world.

Bermudians are encouraged to make their way to the America’s Cup Village next week 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 directly to the America’s Cup village. The ferry leaves Hamilton at 3:45pm and returns at 8pm. Ferry tickets 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.

Laura Cutler, Manager, TeamBDA says: “After almost two years of preparations for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, it’s now time for us to get out on the Great Sound and compete. The sailors have worked hard, day and night, to train for this regatta and I believe they will show the world what Bermuda is made of.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come out on Monday and Tuesday, whether you watch from the water or in the America’s Cup Village. This regatta means the world to these sailors and they want to know they have the support of the whole Island. Take the afternoon off from work or work through your lunch break and head up to the America’s Cup Village to support these amazingly talented Bermudian athletes.”

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup qualifiers will not be televised live.

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