TeamBDA off to a very solid start in Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers

June 13, 2017

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

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 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: