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TeamBDA makes history in Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regatta before racing starts

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda, June 5, 2017

TeamBDA will make history in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup when it takes to the Great Sound in next week’s competition.

In August 2015, a call went out for the best young athletes in Bermuda to try out for TeamBDA, whether they had sailing experience or not. The final team of nine emerged from a series of grueling mental and physical assessments, and come from a variety of sailing and non-sailing backgrounds. The team has been training full-time since January of this year.

Now, with official training having started yesterday, the full line-up of the people who will be racing for TeamBDA has been announced.

For the first time ever two black sailors will feature in key positions on the AC45Fs being raced in the regatta.

Dimitri Stevens, helmsman, will drive the boat while Mustafa Ingham, wing grinder, will handle the winch that keeps the giant wing sail in the optimum position for speed. Stevens comes from a sailing background while Ingham had never sailed before trying out for the team almost two years ago.

Stevens, 22, says: “I began sailing when I was 11 and now 11 years later to be a helmsman competing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is a dream come true. This is the pinnacle of my sailing career and I’m so proud of my teammates.”

Ingham, 20, says: “Two years ago, I had never sailed and jumped on the opportunity to try out for TeamBDA. As a result of being on the team, I’ve had amazing opportunities that wouldn’t have come my way otherwise. I’m excited to compete next week and hope the entire Island comes out to watch our races.”

TeamBDA will sail in just one week’s time on the same racecourse as the America’s Cup races. The team began training in their AC45F on the Great Sound on Sunday and will continue to train for the rest of the week. The qualifying stages of the regatta are scheduled for 5pm to 7pm on June 12th and 13th on the Great Sound.

The roundup of the team and their roles:

Dimitri Stevens – Helm, drives the boat, controls ride height by adjusting the angle of the front foils with push buttons near where he sits

Owen Siese  – Wing trimmer, adjusts the angle of the wing through his wing sheet, works closely with Dimitri on what mode the boat sails, also works with Mackenzie (Tactician) on general race course strategy.

Mustafa Ingham – Wing Grinder, grinds (turns) the winch that moves Owen’s wing sheet, furls code zero (sail), helps grind the running backstay.

Mackenzie Cooper (Skipper) – Tactician, decides where the boat travels on the race course, how it starts, where it tacks and gybes, and what mode it sails, also adjusts the tension of the running backstays.

Peter Dill – Jib/Code Zero Trimmer; adjusts the tension and setting of the two soft sails in the front of the boat.

Philip Hagen – Bowman, works at the front of the boat, lowering the foils, pulling up, or hoisting, the code zero (a large jib) and grinding the code zero.

Laura Cutler, Manager, TeamBDA says: “We are so excited to announce the team who will sail on the boat during the competition. Not only is it historic for Mustafa and Dimitri to be in the competition, but also for the entire team as it is Bermuda’s first time competing in this elite event.

“We encourage all of Bermuda to rally behind the team as we sail against some of the best youth sailors in the world. The team has trained diligently for the past six months and they are ready to do their best for Bermuda on the world stage.”

Watch TeamBDA on June 12th and 13th from the America’s Cup Village including Grandstand seating or the Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy ® Island Bar. With tickets available from just $10, please go to www.americascup.com/tickets to secure your place.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers feature two groups of six teams. The top four teams from each group will proceed to the finals, which take place on June 20th and 21st. TeamBDA will compete in Group B, along with teams from Austria, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain and the USA.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was developed to provide a pathway for youth sailors into the highest level of international sailing.

Many of the America’s Cup teams competing in Bermuda feature sailors that took part in the 2013 regatta in San Francisco, including Peter Burling who was the winning skipper for New Zealand’s youth team and is now the helmsman for Emirates Team New Zealand.

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

Spectator boats available for TeamBDA races

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

June 1, 2017

(Hamilton, Bermuda) Fans of TeamBDA, Bermuda’s entry in Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, will be able to head out onto the Great Sound to support the team on a dedicated spectator boat, Island Tour Centre announced today.

Tickets onboard the 65-foot catamaran, Filante, can be booked for both Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13, when TeamBDA will be racing in the qualifying stages of the regatta. Races are scheduled for 5-7pm on both days and tickets can be purchased online at www.islandtourcentre.com/americascup, where this is a special section for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trips.

“We’re very happy to make these trips available for the public,” says Ken Dallas of Island Tour Centre. “This is Bermuda’s team so we want to make sure people can get out and support them.

“The fact that the races are from 5-7pm means people can make an evening of it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The trips will leave from Albouy’s Point in Hamilton at 4:30 pm on both days and return at 7:30pm.

The qualifying stages of the regatta feature two groups of six teams. The top four teams from each group will proceed to the finals, which take place on June 20 and 21.

The teams will be racing in AC45s, the same foiling catamarans that the America’s Cup teams raced during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events.

TeamBDA will compete in Group B, along with teams from Austria, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain and the USA.

“We’ve been working towards this moment for 18 months and can’t wait to get out on there and represent Bermuda,” says TeamBDA Skipper, MacKenzie Cooper. “It’s great that Island Tour Centre is offering a dedicated spectator boat for our races, we’re the home team so we really hope people come out and support us.”

In August 2015, a call went out for the best young athletes in Bermuda to tryout for TeamBDA, whether they had sailing experience or not. The final team of nine emerged from a series of grueling mental and physical assessments, and come from a variety of sailing and non-sailing backgrounds. The team has been training full-time since January of this year.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was developed to provide a pathway for youth sailors into the highest level of international sailing.

Many of the America’s Cup teams competing in Bermuda feature sailors that took part in the 2013 regatta in San Francisco, including Peter Burling who was the winning skipper for New Zealand’s youth team and is now the helmsman for Emirates Team New Zealand.

TEAMBDA MERCHANDISE OFFICIALLY FOR SALE ONLINE AND IN SELECT STORES

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

Hamilton, Bermuda: TeamBDA, Bermuda’s entry to the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, has announced its official merchandise is now on sale online (through both the TeamBDA and Bermuda Blueprinting websites), as well as in select stores.

Supporters of the sailing team – which is made up of nine young Bermudians between the ages of 18 and 24 – are encouraged to purchase their favourite gear, including t-shirts, flags, caps, beach towels, water bottles and bags. They can then wear their wares to show their support for the team and to cheer them on during the competition from June 12 to 21.

The first opportunity to view the products, and meet the team, will be this Wednesday, April 26, from 6-7pm at Liberty Theatre, when TeamBDA will host a meet and greet event. This is a chance to get to know Bermuda’s team, ask questions, take pictures and hear the inspirational stories of these nine young Bermudians on a mission to represent their country on the world’s stage.

Laura Cutler, TeamBDA Team Manager, stated, “We’re super excited that the TeamBDA gear is arriving at Bermuda Blueprinting this week.

“We hope to see everyone with something – as there are quite a few items to choose from, including: shorts, bags, hats, flags, etc.  Our sailors are working hard in preparation for this incredible event, and it would be amazing to see our supporters in TeamBDA kit out in public and on the racecourse!”

Months ago, an idea was put forth to offer branded clothing and other items for TeamBDA in the lead up to this summer’s big event.

According to Liana Carrick, Administrator at Bermuda Blueprinting, the suggestion was welcomed, but the competitors and management of TeamBDA were busy focusing on race preparation. Bermuda Blueprinting offered to take the reins, designing and managing details for the project.

Ms. Carrick explained, “Our in-house graphic designers created artwork mock-ups for TeamBDA approval and tech shirts, cotton t-shirts, dri-fit caps, beach towels, water bottles and bags were selected.

“The tech shirts come in the team colours of red, royal blue and white, while the line of bags carries through on this colour scheme with the team logo embroidered on sail fabric tote bags, backpacks, wristlets, wallets etc.”

Ms. Carrick said Bermuda Blueprinting, and its sister company Island Embroidery, were “pleased” to be involved in the supply of branded merchandise for TeamBDA.

“The launch for pre-orders was April 10th through www.bdablue.com, and with the merchandise now available for collection. Hopefully Bermudians will show their support for their home team by embracing the TeamBDA name and purchasing their branded merchandise,” she continued. “A portion of the sale proceeds will go to TeamBDA, but more importantly a powerful message of support will be sent out that we stand behind our home team and believe Bermuda has earned its place in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.”

TeamBDA merchandise will also be available through AC Outfitters in Dockyard and the Island Tour Centre at Albouys Point.

For more information visit http://www.acbda.bm/teambda-home/

GET TO KNOW TeamBDA – meet your home team

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments

All of Bermuda is encouraged to come out and support our home team, TeamBDA, who are competing in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. TeamBDA, ten high-performing young athletes, will make a public appearance at Liberty Theatre on Wednesday April 26th, from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

This will be Bermuda’s chance to ask about the team’s training and to hear of their triumphs and challenges, as these young Bermudians are pioneers in competitive sailing. The one female and three black sailors on the team have compelling stories about breaking gender and racial barriers. Everyone on the team has a story to tell that will make Bermuda proud. One astounding fact about this team is that before this opportunity, they were not all sailors. High performing athletes, yes, but sailing is new to some of them.

Come and show your support for the 10 inspiring young Bermudians who will represent Bermuda in this summer’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – right here in Bermuda! Hear their stories, ask them questions, learn about their rigorous health and fitness routines, understand the incredible speed and technology of the AC boats, take your picture with the team.

There will be a door prize and the opportunity to order TeamBDA gear.

As well as meeting the team, the public will be treated to three short films about TeamBDA, all in a free public event at Liberty Theatre on Wednesday April 26th, from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. The public is encouraged to arrive early for this FREE public session. Those attending will also receive TeamBDA giveaways.

You could watch the videos on our YouTube channel:

TeamBDA Intro Video,

TeamBDA Trailblazers,

TeamBDA Women Sailors,

Another great way for Bermuda to support the team is to watch them race in their Qualifier events on June 12th and 13th. Spectators can watch from the America’s Cup Village in Dockyard or from the water on either day. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals take place on June 20th and 21st. Tickets are for sale at: www.americascup.com/tickets

The first Meet the Team opportunity at Liberty Theatre last week saw a full theatre, where the sentiment of pride and joy in the room was overwhelming.  Approximately 230 locals gathered to learn more about their home team sailors. TeamBDA coaches are confident that the team will be competitive, and will put on a great show while Bermuda is on the world stage during the 35th America’s Cup.

About the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, Past and Present

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by webmaster No Comments
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Featuring the next generation of sailing superstars, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is one of the newest and most exciting events on the sailing calendar. Here’s the history of the regatta – including how it’s driving the progression of the sport – plus a snapshot of the rapidly approaching events in Bermuda this June.

Why a “youth” America’s Cup?
The brainchild of the America’s Cup Event Authority and Austrian double Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was developed to provide an unprecedented career path to the highest ranks of professional competitive sailing by identifying the world’s top young sailors and helping to prepare them for the challenge of America’s Cup racing.

Two-time America’s Cup–winning skipper Jimmy Spithill of ORACLE TEAM USA explains, “There’s never been a pathway for youth sailors. Now, we have that pathway. It’s essentially what college football is to the NFL – a breeding ground of new talent. And it works.”

The Beginning: San Francisco, USA, 2013
In September 2013, for the first time a Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regatta gave sailors aged 18-24 the opportunity to develop their skills on cutting-edge boats in a competitive environment – the same San Francisco waters where the America’s Cup was being contested. Ten teams took part, representing Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. The New Zealand and USA both had two teams entered, bringing the total number of teams to ten. America’s Cup teams loaned the youth series 45-foot training boats – longer than a city bus and featuring a rare kind of solid sail reminiscent of an airplane wing, known as a wing sail. The NZL Sailing Team of New Zealand captured top honors, with another Kiwi crew in second and Portugal also on the podium in third.

“The wing rig was a new challenge for the sailors,” remembers Steinacher, who is Sport Director for the regatta along with Hagara. “In the whole world there were only a few boats existing with wing rigs, and this age group had absolutely no experience with them. That’s exactly what we wanted to do to find the best talent in the world.”

The Impact
With that first regatta, a fresh wind blew into the sailing scene. Steinacher remarks, “The athletes who performed at their very best in San Francisco are now among the top sailors in the world. Some sail alongside Roman and me on the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series. Others returned to their Olympic path and dominated their classes, and some have got a professional contract in the America’s Cup.”

So far, eight sailors from the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup have found positions with America’s Cup teams. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who were part of the victorious New Zealand team in San Francisco, have since won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Burling is now helmsman for the Emirates Team New Zealand boat in the America’s Cup, while Tuke is the team’s trimmer. American Cooper Dressler is now a grinder for ORACLE TEAM USA, and the list goes on. In fact, today nearly all America’s Cup teams now have one or more sailors with a background in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

“The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup changed the whole America’s Cup world – the age group that’s sailing on the boats dropped by about 10 years,” Steinacher points out. “All the teams saw that the new boats fit the young generation exactly. So the sailing leaders of the world are picking younger sailors than before.”

Bermuda 2017
In 2017, Bermuda’s Great Sound will form a natural amphitheater for the America’s Cup, and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will use exactly the same racecourse. Sailing conditions in Bermuda are typically exceptional in June, with historical wind data suggesting that there should be racing conditions 90 percent of the time.

The boat
New for 2017, the young teams will be sailing the AC45F, a catamaran with a mast as high as an eight-storey building that, unlike its 2013 predecessor, will fly on hydrofoils. Six boats are provided by current America’s Cup teams that competed in the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, and two additional boats are provided by the America’s Cup Event Authority. The AC45F is capable of reaching speeds over 35 knots, or about 65kph/40mph. The eight AC45Fs used in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup are the only such boats in the entire world. A full shore team with the capability to repair the boats overnight will be on hand with spare parts at the ready.

“The America’s Cup boat for 2017 is very nearly 50 feet and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup boat is 45, so there’s only 5 feet of difference. It’s very challenging for the youth sailors,” Steinacher comments. “And a foiling boat is a sailing boat, but a very, very fast sailing boat. The big challenge is the crossing speed – if one boat is coming from the right and another is coming from the left, the crossing speed is always double the boat speed. In our situation, when eight boats are on the starting line for the Final, it’s even more challenging. As a comparison, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series has just six boats at the starting line. So this challenge really is significant.”

The teams and format
Twelve national youth teams, each composed of six sailors aged 18-24, will race in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017, each representing a different nation. Every team may practice a maximum of seven days on an AC45F before the official practice sessions begin in June. Hagara explains: “There are six teams in each of two pools. In the Qualifiers this June, the top four teams from each pool will advance, and we’ll have a total of eight boats at the starting line in the Finals. It’s going to be a big challenge and a great opportunity to learn and prove themselves.”

Pool A
Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden)
Team France Jeune (France)
Kaijin Team Japan (Japan)
Youth Vikings Denmark (Denmark)
Team Tilt (Switzerland)
SVB Team Germany (Germany)

Pool B
Team BDA (Bermuda)
NZL Sailing Team (New Zealand)
Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain)
Spanish Impulse Team (Spain)
Next Generation USA (USA)
Candidate Sailing Team (Austria)

The timing
The action gets underway in conjunction with the America’s Cup in Bermuda this summer, with Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool A and B Qualifiers scheduled for June 12-16, 2017, followed by the Finals on June 20-21.

Broadcast schedule
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals will be streamed live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and June 21, 2017. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices visit this page.