Spectator boats available for TeamBDA races

June 1, 2017


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.