Team BDA finish tenth in Italy
Team BDA finished tenth out of 11 entries in the GC32 Riva Cup Regatta on Lake Garda in Italy.
The best scores for Bermuda's Red Bull Youth America's Cup entry came when they finished seventh in races 8 and 9.
When they return to Bermuda they will not have much time to prepare for the Youth America's Cup, which starts on June 12. Swiss entry Team Tilt, one of the two other Youth America's Cup teams racing for the Riva Cup, finished in second place overall.
Team Tilt were in invincible form in winning yesterday's first two races, continuing Saturday's winning streak, by scoring five consecutive bullets. Team France Jeune were also training to race in Bermuda.
“Of the youth teams heading for Bermuda next month Team Tilt is clear favourite,” a GC32 Tour press release said. “The plight of the Bermudan crew on Team BDA was not helped by their capsize yesterday and, similarly, Team France Jeune by their capsize in today's first race — all the crew were safe and their boat was quickly righted, but they were unable to complete any races today.”
Team Tilt has sailed on the GC32 tour in 2016 and 2017. They have a very experienced sailing squad that offers structure and support to young Swiss sailors. The team won the Bol d'Or Mirabaud and the D35 championship on Lake Geneva in 2015.
They compete in the Decision 35 Championship on Lake Geneva, and are preparing an Olympic campaign in the 49er class. They represented Switzerland at the maiden Youth America's Cup in 2013 and will do so again next month.
In spite of an impressive late charge from their compatriots on Team Tilt, the Jérôme Clerc-steered Realteam hung on to their lead to win the GC32 Riva Cup by four points after another three-race day held in perfect 10-16 knot conditions on Lake Garda. Flavio Marazzi's Armin Strom Sailing Team managed third place, making the podium of this first event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour a 100 per cent Swiss affair.
Laura Cutler, Team BDA's director, said: “Team BDA came here to practice different stuff. We weren't finish-line oriented. Especially as we were allowed to join the tour for one regatta which is unusual. Everyone else here is on the [GC32] Tour for the year.
“What they [Team BDA] will take away from this week is immense ... some of which we won't be able to properly identify until we get home and really ‘unpack' it.”
Time is Team BDA's enemy, with only four weeks till the Youth America's Cup begins.