Foil Fest teams sailing for charity
Bermuda's three America's Cup team will be donating some $12,500 to charity when they compete in this month's Foil Fest.
Artemis Racing, Oracle Team USA and SoftBank Team Japan, all based in Bermuda, will be putting up the cash with the winners of the June 25 event choosing their charity.
Mike Winfield, CEO, America's Cup Bermuda (ACBDA) said: “Foil Fest has always been about Bermuda, so it's fantastic that the teams have decided to race for charity. It should also add to the competitive edge of the races.”
The format for Foil Fest will see the three teams duel in a series of ‘speed runs' just off the cruise ship docks in Dockyard. It is a unique format designed to bring the action as close to shore as possible.
Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said: “We've been in Bermuda for over a year now and we are a part of this community. The America's Cup is very much a ‘winner-take-all' competition and this has the same spirit — but we're doing it for a good cause.”
Oracle and SoftBank Team Japan will have their Dockyard bases open to the public from 11am to 1pm, while Artemis Racing, based at Morgan's Point, will also have a presence at the event.
Skipper and CEO of SoftBank Team Japan, Dean Barker said: “We had the pleasure of combining a sake toast with a traditional Bermuda ‘roof wetting' when we opened our base last month. The community has been very supportive and accommodating and it's great to have a chance to return the hospitality.”
Foil Fest will take place from 11am to 4pm and will also feature taster sailing sessions with the America's Cup Endeavour programme and a ‘course-side' event village offering food, drink, a free kids-zone and other vendors and activities for land-based spectators.
Additional racing will include local fleets such as optimists, comets, kiteboarders and moths.
Dolphin Quest and the Bermuda Pilot Gigs will also put on demonstrations.
Admission to Foil Fest is free and the public is encouraged to travel to and from the event using the public ferry system.
A St. George's ferry will depart at 11am and return at 4.30pm while an extra ferry will leave Hamilton at 12pm and a late, 8.30pm, ferry has been added to the schedule.
Those travelling by car will be able to park at Moresby's Plain, off Pender Road, and a complimentary shuttle service will provide transportation to the event from there.
Mr Winfield added: “We always intended this event to bring the America's Cup closer to the people of Bermuda and we appreciate all the support we've had in helping make that to happen.”
Supporters of Foil Fest are Butterfield & Vallis, BF&M and Butterfield Bank.
For more information, visit www.acbda.bm/foil-fest-2016.