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TeamBDA fills three key positions

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments


As per the rules of the regatta, TeamBDA today announced they have filled the Skipper, Team Manager and Boat Captain roles, as they continue their preparations for 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

The June regatta, taking place on Bermuda’s Great Sound, will see TeamBDA being led by Skipper Mackenzie Cooper, with Owen Siese named as Team Manager, and Peter Dill, the Boat Captain.

Speaking on the selection of these key positions, TeamBDA Head Coach, Richard Clarke, said that all team members were asked for input on the Skipper selection, and their choices lined up with those of the coaches. He also noted that the Skipper position does not necessarily mean being the helmsman and that the positions on the boat will not be finalized until May.

“We’ve been working with the team for over a year now so we’ve gotten a very clear picture of the skills and qualities each member brings to the team.

“Mackenzie has consistently shown a really strong command of the team and the boat. I think if you were looking at the definition of a skipper or team leader then Mackenzie demonstrates those skills.”

Michael Barnes, TeamBDA’s Foiling Coach, also weighed in on the selection saying: “It was very close between Mackenzie and Owen for the Skipper position. They each bring different qualities to the team, so putting them in the roles we have will allow them to complement each other really well.”

An obviously proud Mackenzie says he’s looking forward to representing Bermuda in June on home waters.

“It’s a dream come true and a huge honour,” he says. “We’re the home team, so I also feel a great sense of responsibility. But the team is great, we’re forming a strong bond, and really looking forward to representing Bermuda.”

Owen, who has been sailing with and against Mackenzie since they were both 8-years-old, says the trust shown in him by his teammates and coaches is a “great feeling”.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mackenzie to lead the team. My job, in addition to sailing, is making sure we get everything done that needs to be done. I’ve got to be always looking ahead and keeping things moving.”

In the role of Boat Captain, Peter Dill will be responsible for making sure the AC45f is ship-shape and ready to race. It is role he presently holds for the team’s training boat, the GC32 “CAT 5”. He also worked as an intern on the shore team for ORACLE TEAM USA, so has some experience under his belt.

“I need to learn the AC45 inside out so it’s ready to race every day,” Peter says. “It will involve some delegation so that the whole team is incorporated in the process.”

Peter admits to being “a little nervous” but is happy for the responsibility.

The eleven members of TeamBDA are training full-time in their preparations for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. There will be a total of six crew on the boat for the regatta in June. Final selections will not be made until May, as per the requirements of the regatta organisers.

In the meantime, Bermuda can expect to see “CAT 5” racing around the Great Sound as the team masters the high tech art of foiling.

“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done,” says Mackenzie. “Hand down the best experience of my life… so far.”


TeamBDA starts full-time pursuit of Youth America’s Cup

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

DSC_0509Beginning January 9, 2017, TeamBDA ramped up its preparations for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup as they embarked on a full time training schedule for the June event.

Since the final team was announced in September, 2016, they have participated a in a series of intensive training camps. These one-week camps were the first steps in getting ready to race foiling AC45s against some of the top youth sailors in the world, right here in Bermuda.

“The amount of progress we’ve seen, in a relatively short space of time has been impressive,” says Richard Clarke, TeamBDA’s head coach. “This is not just about building the sailing skills, it is also about building camaraderie and confidence in each other. So far I’m really pleased.”


TeamBDA christen their new training boat “CAT-5”

Posted on: November 4th, 2016 by webmaster No Comments


TeamBDA, Bermuda’s entry into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, officially named their training boat “CAT-5” at a boat christening held at the team’s base on Darrell’s Island.

The name was decided by the 11 team members as they sought a moniker to accurately reflect their ultra-high performance foiling GC32: a force to be reckoned with; raced with a crew of five; and is a catamaran.

Peter Durhager, TeamBDA chairman, completed the traditional ceremony by pouring some champagne over the boat’s hull.

Dr Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development, was also on hand for the ceremony and spoke to the opportunity created by the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.


TeamBDA’s GC32 get a new look

Posted on: October 25th, 2016 by webmaster No Comments

Team Bermuda GC32 got an upgrade. The boat now looks as fast as it is! Team Bermuda will train in this high performance, foiling catamaran as they prepare to represent Bermuda in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, taking place in Bermuda in June 2017.

Huge crowds turn out for Foil Fest

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by webmaster No Comments

3 wideBermuda’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.