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Team’s new boat is a force of nature

Bermuda’s finest: (from left) Jimmy Spithill, Peter Dill, Owen Siese, Tom Johnson, Emily Nagel, Shomari Warner, MacKenzie Cooper, Ceci Wollman, Cooper Dressler, Connor Astwood, Mustafa Ingham, Rome Kirby, Dimitri Stevens

Team BDA has a new boat called CAT-5 named by the 11 team members. It was christened at the team’s Darrell’s Island base on Thursday evening.

The team wanted the name to reflect their ultra-high performance foiling GC32: a force to be reckoned with; raced with a crew of five; and is a catamaran.

Team BDA is Bermuda’s entry into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which will be held during the 35th America’s Cup.

Peter Durhager, the chairman of America’s Cup Bermuda, poured champagne on the boat to make it official.

The christening was attended by Grant Gibbons, Minister of Economic Development, Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle Team USA skipper, and Mike Winfield, ACBDA chief executive officer, along with family members of the team and representatives of the team’s corporate sponsors and local business partners.

The Bermuda team was adopted by Oracle Team USA as its representative in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Each of the six America’s Cup teams are entering a team in the regatta, with up to ten other teams from around the world also taking part.

“To me, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is about opportunity,” Spithill said. “Up until now, there hasn’t really been a pathway for younger sailors to advance into the America’s Cup.

“But, since the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013, we have seen at least five sailors who competed last time, who took the opportunity to showcase their skills, recruited to work with one of the America’s Cup teams now.

“My hope is that we’ll see some of the guys and girls on Team BDA embrace this challenge and hopefully they’ll end up on one of the America’s Cup teams next time around.”