Brown steps down from Team BDA
Craig Brown has resigned as the vice-chairman of Bermuda's Red Bull Youth America's Cup committee.
Brown has stepped down because of a conflict of interest with his job as a physiotherapist consultant with Artemis Racing, the Swedish challenger for the 35th America's Cup, and Team Bermuda's affiliation with Oracle Team USA, defender of the “Auld Mug”.
“Craig Brown, vice-chair of Team Bermuda, has stepped down due to his commitments with Artemis Racing,” said Jane Savage, the Bermuda Red Bull Youth America's Cup chairwoman and former Royal Bermuda Yacht Club commodore.
“Due to Team Bermuda being adopted by Oracle International Racing it is a natural thing to do. This is the America's Cup and Youth America's Cup.
“Craig played an instrumental role in bringing Team BDA to where it is today.
“He oversaw the initial team selection on the athletic development side and was key in employing team trainer Shaun Green. Team BDA is now in the hands of professionals and this is a natural evolution.
“There is no replacement [for Brown] due to team coach [Richard Clarke] and manager [Laura Cutler] now being in place.”
Oracle has struck up a partnership with Team Bermuda who they will mentor in preparation for the next Red Bull Youth America's Cup to be held next June before the start of the America's Cup.
As a result of the affiliation, Team Bermuda have been granted a free pass to the qualifying series of the next Red Bull Youth America's Cup.
Brown, who is president of the Bermuda Golf Association, is grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to help lay the initial groundwork behind the scenes with Team Bermuda and said the team will always have his “full support”.
“They have a really good team in place and the team is in good hands,” he said.
“They have everybody in place — the coaches, team management and things of that nature — so really everything is in place.
“The team has had a couple of very good training camps and another one coming up and so things are looking good.”
In March the committee announced the final 15 members of Team Bermuda to compete against some of the best young sailors in the world in the foiling AC45F catamaran at the next Red Bull Youth America's Cup.