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Minute with Mikaela – America’s Cup Fun for Kids

June 16, 2017


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

June 15, 2017


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

June 14, 2017


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


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


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: