TeamBDA wins race one of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals

June 21, 2017


Hamilton, Bermuda, June 20, 2017

Bermuda’s own TeamBDA won the first race of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, but find themselves sixth on the leaderboard after the first day of racing in the final stage of the regatta. TeamBDA snatched a stunning win in race one, well ahead of the fleet and then placed eighth in race two and sixth in race three.

Today, the America’s Cup Village was filled with fans for the hometown heroes. From the chill zone in front of the main stage to the promenade and the grandstand, Bermudians were out in full force to support TeamBDA. Loud cheers and airhorns could be heard and flags were waved both on the water and on land.

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.

The current standings:

Land Rover BAR Academy – 28 points

Team Tilt – 21

Team France Jeune – 21

Artemis Youth Racing – 20

NZL Sailing Team – 18

TeamBDA – 18

SVB Team Germany – 15

Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR – 15

Speaking after the races, Skipper Mackenzie Cooper said: “It was up and down out there for us today. We got a race win and to get a win in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals in front of our home fans was an incredible feeling for all of us. It came from a good start and using our boat speed to get out in front. I think that’s what we need to clean up for tomorrow and make sure that we’re more in the mix, not having to fight back as much.

“We’re so grateful for the support and we would love to see everyone back out tomorrow. It motivates us to keep fighting when we’re in tough spots. The support has been incredible.”

Helmsman Dimitri Stevens is looking forward to improvements in tomorrow’s races.

“We came out the blocks well. We got a win in the first race but didn’t do so well in the second race after getting a penalty at the leeward mark, so we tried to work back from that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to. The third race we didn’t have a great start, but we managed to grind back. Overall, it was an OK day. I wouldn’t call it great but I wouldn’t call it horrible. Tomorrow, we’re hoping to go out and have fun and do better. We’re hoping to pull out another first.”

Tomorrow’s races will be held from 2pm to 3:30pm. Bermuda residents 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 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. Ferries leave Hamilton at 10:45am and 12:15pm and one returns at 4:30pm with the final ferry at 6pm. Transportation must be purchased in advance at www.americascup.com/tickets. You can also take the public ferry to Dockyard and take a passenger shuttle from the Clocktower Mall to the America’s Cup Village entrance.

The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals are televised live starting at 1pm on ZBM Channel 9, WOW Channel 109 and in HD on 20.9 terrestrial. You can also tune in to Ocean 89 for the radio broadcast.

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