Cup officials set out stall in St George’s
This year marks the second time the America’s Cup will be participating in the St George’s Marine Expo.
This year’s expo will take place tomorrow from 11am to 6pm in the St George’s town square.
The America’s Cup Endeavour Program will be offering taster sessions from 11am to 2:30pm. It is a great opportunity to learn about the programme and have a chance to experience sailing for the first time. Each taster session lasts 30 minutes and they are suitable for ages 6 and up.
Following the taster sessions, America’s Cup sailors will take part in a mini regatta using our America’s Cup Endeavour Program boats. At the completion of the regatta, the sailors will be at the AC Endeavour tent signing autographs.
Also from 11am to 2pm, our own TeamBDA will be making an appearance. Come and meet the first Bermuda team to compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. They will be available to answer your questions about their journey, sailing experience and be available for photos.
We will be showing three videos in the Town Hall telling the stories of the trailblazing members on the team. Come by and show your support for our own TeamBDA.
Now, if you want to experience what it is like to be a grinder on an America’s Cup sailing team come over to our America’s Cup Community Grinding Challenge area.
The grinder gives the public an opportunity to get up close and personal with what it takes to be an America’s Cup sailor by testing their fitness levels on a dedicated grinder machine.
Tomorrow the grinder will be part of the action at the expo and it is the first opportunity for the public to participate in the Grinding Challenge. The grinder itself captures and logs all data generated by each user.
It captures the amount of spins or rounds per minute and the energy that´s being generated, giving readouts so that users can set themselves against each other, and measure their output levels.
Each participant will be on the machine between ten and 20 seconds and the resistance of the grinder will change for each age group. Participants are allowed one try on the grinder per event but can enter the competition at as many events they wish.
The Challenge places participants in the following categories: Male and Female Students (14-18); Male and Female Open (18-39); Male and Female Masters (40-49); Male and Female Senior Masters (50-59); Male and Female Grand Masters (60+).
After all the Community Grinding Challenge events are completed, the top three entrants with the best time in each category will be invited to participate in the finals, which will take place during the 35th America’s Cup in the America’s Cup Village. After the finals, a winner will then be crowned for each category
To assist with your America’s Cup experience, we will have representatives available to help answer your America’s Cup questions.
We will be there to assist with your ticket purchases, business opportunities and spectator questions. Stop by to see all that is in store for you when the America’s Cup begins on May 26. See you in St George’s tomorrow.
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