Youth America’s Cup Team Appeals For Support

May 23, 2016

People are being urged to celebrate Bermuda Day by supporting Bermudians representing their country against some of the world’s top young sailors.

Next June, the all-Bermudian Team BDA will compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, racing on home seas in the Great Sound.

Team BDA is 100 percent reliant on donations and corporate sponsorship and spokesman Glenn Jones said: “What better way to honour Bermuda Day than to invest in a group of young Bermudians who are embarking on a journey like none other our country has seen before?

“I hope over the next couple of days people get online and give what they can.”

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Olympic hopeful Flora Duffy is also asking people to show their support for Team BDA saying she understands how financial help can make a huge difference in terms of training and support facilities.

“Those things can make a difference to the very fine margins which can mean winning and coming second. This is Bermuda’s team, racing in Bermuda for Bermuda and I really hope people help with the fundraising.

“The young Bermudians who will represent their country deserve to have every possible advantage,” said Ms Duffy.

No public funds will be used to operate the team and no funding is provided through the America’s Cup Event Authority and a $200,000 local fundraising drive was recently launched and has already raised more than $10,000 in donations.

People wanting to donate can go to www.acbda.bm and click on the Team BDA logo where it says ‘Support Your Home Team’.

If people donate they will receive a thank-you gift from Team BDA – for a donation between $25 and $49 online people will get a Team BDA wrist band, branded sunglasses will be given to those who donate between $50 and $99, a Team BDA t-shirt will go to those who give between $100 and $249.

For those that donate $250 or more they will get a thank-you gift of a Team BDA duffle bag. A gift of at least $500 earns the donor all four thank-you gifts.

Everyone who contributes to the team, no matter the size on their online donation, will be automatically entered into a draw to win exclusive Team BDA racing gear and helmet.

Ms Duffy added: “I understand that there are a lot of demands on people’s money but this event is not only good for Bermuda in the short-term, it has the opportunity to make a lasting impact.

“The depth of talent of the Team BDA members speaks volumes about the incredible talent that already exist, but the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup can help nurture future athletes and sailors who could go on to represent Bermuda on the world stage.”

Six youth crews will compete in Bermuda through their affiliation with current America’s Cup teams. Up to ten additional teams will be selected by Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher before the end of November this year.

They will then race in a Qualifying Series to determine the top eight who will face off in two days of fleet racing scheduled during the week between the America’s Cup Finals.

The Team BDA training schedule is June 4 – 12; July 4 – 10; July 16- 23; August 8- 19 and September 10- 17.

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  1. Curious says:

    I am confused- on December 30th, 2015 KPMG announced a $150,000 donation to the youth team. Has that gone by the wayside or does this team require $200,000 in additional funding – for a total goal of $350,000?

    If it is additional funding, is there a budget available to see how the $350,000 is going to be used by our Bermuda team?

    Please help me understand why this wonderful opportunity for Bermuda’s Youth is not funded by AC35, AC35 Sponsors or RedBull as a courtesy to the host community?

  2. OBSERVER says:

    This is interesting. Millions of dollars to come from such an event but there is a NOW need for cash.
    Interesting to say the LEAST.
    Monies are already being regularly extracted from THE WORKING MAN’S TAX contributions.
    Mercy!!!

  3. Legalgal says:

    The perception is that this is a rich mans sport. Like the “sponsorship” required to go on the Sloop it is an outrageous expense. Which many kid’s folks jsut write a cheque for or get their companies out “sponsor”. Something for a major sponsor with an elite following perhaps. I certainly won’t be fundraising for this.

  4. archy says:

    Shame the people commenting here just cannot look further than their noses and actually see the benefits that this will bring to a bunch of young Bermudians now and hopefully into the future.
    What difference does it make if they ask for locals to sponsor it or corporates. Get over it! It happens all the time – charities ask for local donations as well as corporate donations. Like I said, g.e.t o.v.e.r i.t

  5. Tania Stafford says:

    Well done Team BDA. A group of young, committed Bermudians working together towards one goal. So very proud to donate!