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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Team Bermuda - Dimitri Stevens

Dimitri Stevens was first introduced to sailing at 11-years-old through the Waterwise Programme at Dellwood Middle School.

He’s currently a Bermuda College student studying to enter the Information Technology field, before that he attended The Berkeley Institute, Dellwood Middle School and West Pembroke Primary.

Stevens, 22, considers taking part in TeamBDA “the pinnacle of his sailing” career and admits training for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has already opened up a lot of doors. As an only child, the sailor admits he’s learned through the experience how to be a better teammate and interact with people in both calm and tense situations.

The Pembroke resident is currently training for the position of Helmsman in the upcoming June regatta. Here we learn more about Stevens...

Who is the Bermudian you most admire? My dad. He is the most prominent male figure in my life so I guess I have always looked up to him since I was little and never stopped.

Who is your sporting hero? Sir Ben Ainslie, because he is the most decorated Olympic sailor, and I have looked up to him since he had a talk with us at one of the Gold Cup events when I was starting sailing.

If you weren’t on Team BDA you would be…? Working at Copier World, as well as finishing my Associates degree in Information Technology.

What would surprise people about you? I am in Boat Troop at the regiment.

What do you do in your spare time? Video games.

Somerset or St. George’s? Somerset.

What is your favourite Bermuda symbol or icon? Fitted dinghy symbol because it's historic for Bermuda sailors.

What is your favourite or most used Bermudian phrase? waum

If you could choose a new first name what would it be? I would change it to Dimitre because most people spell my name wrong this way.

What are three songs you love right now? Fragile by Tech n9ne; Me and your mama by Childish Gambino; and Till I Collapse by Eminem.

What’s your favourite of ice cream? Chocolate Ripple.

Netflix binge watching? People still watch TV? I guess if for some strange reason I did I would watch Game of Thrones.

What is one movie you think everyone should see? Star Wars... all of them.

What muscles do you have now that you didn’t have before? All of them.

How many push-ups could you do before this and how many can you do now? Before I could do 30ish; now around 50ish.

What do you eat or drink now that you didn’t eat before? A lot more eggs, potato and bacon.

What don’t you eat or drink now that you did before? A lot less black rum.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Warwick Academy Deputy Head Girl in New Zealand Squad

Eleven of the 12 who competed last year in Rio have been named in the high performance squad, including Olympic 49er champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who will be key members of Emirates Team New Zealand's quest to win the upcoming America's Cup, as well as Finn sailor Josh Junior, who is also with Team New Zealand.

Meanwhile Warwick Academy Deputy Head Girl Kate Stewart was selected into the NZ Sailing Olympic Fast track Squad.

Burling and Tuke will take time after their America's Cup commitments to decide whether campaigning for the Tokyo Olympics is an option.

"Pete and I have the Tokyo Olympics on our radar but our main focus is on winning the America's Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand this year," Tuke said. "We will have a better idea whether the 2020 Olympics is a realistic goal for us once we've taken some time off following the America's Cup."

The only name missing from the 12 who competed in Rio is Polly Powrie who, together with Jo Aleh, won Olympic gold (London) and silver (Rio) in the women's 470. Powrie announced her retirement from Olympic sailing at the end of 2016.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
America's Cup Protocol Change Hits Team New Zealand

Another late change to the America's Cup protocol has been stacked against Team New Zealand.

Their five rivals have used their majority vote to now allow teams to have 23 days of training against each other in their official Cup catamarans in Bermuda in the leadup to the first official races that start on May 26th.

The first practice races have already begun with video footage emerging of America's Cup holders Oracle Team USA and British syndicate Ben Ainslie Racing duelling.

An oversight in the protocol had previously barred that, happily noted by Team New Zealand as they continued to work away in Auckland on their build and development.

The latest change will restrict any involvement Team New Zealand will have in this practice racing because of the Kiwi syndicate's schedule.

As time ticks away, the practice window will slowly close on Team New Zealand who are only due to head to Bermuda early next month.

The latest development was dryly noted by Emirates Team New Zealand in a Facebook posting, saying: "America's Cup Class race boats lining up already? Until this week it was prohibited by the protocol, but now allowed after yet another rule change. Working together to protect their future AC framework agreement?"

The development further emphasises the dangers Team New Zealand face operating in their "lone wolf" status.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Team New Zealand Preparing for Bermuda

Time is the enemy of Team New Zealand as much as the prying eyes of five America's Cup rivals as they countdown to what they expect to be "brutal" racing in Bermuda.

The Kiwi syndicate are adamant they have learned from the painful lessons of the 2013 regatta in San Francisco where they pioneered foiling but ran out of development and were slowly but surely overhauled by Oracle Team USA in the most dramatic final in the long history of the cup.

A month after launching their radical pedal-powered 50-foot catamaran, ideas and systems are being constantly tweaked by Team New Zealand in testing and training on Aucklands Waitemata Harbour.

That will continue until the end of the month when the boat will be dismantled and packed into an Emirates 747 and flown north. The development process will continue there in the leadup to the opening race in the challenger series on May 27 and won't stop till Team New Zealand's last race – hopefully a cup-clinching finale.

"You'll never have enough time, no matter what happens you'll never have enough time because the more you sail the more you learn, the more you want to change. You just have to try to fit as much as you can into the small space of time," Team New Zealand's chief operations officer Kevin Shoebridge says.

"I was thinking about that the other day. This time four years ago we had been in San Francisco a month whereas we are still battling away here with a whole range of different projects that are still on the go and some of those will never be completed. There is no shortage of development and ideas. But all the teams will be like that, they all realise that unless you develop up till the last day, you are going to get caught."

Sea trials have convinced Team New Zealand they are onto something special with their switch to leg-power to provide the juice for the giant wingsail, foil adjustments and control systems.

"We are really happy with it and we have set everything up around that system for a long time now. It's still a matter of refinement and constant updating. But the signs are good and we're happy with how we are going," Shoebridge says.

The AC Class catamaran in numbers:

2332-2432 kg: boat weight

60 metres: optical fibres

49,2 feet: hull length

25 meters: height of wing above water

Over 46 knots: top speed

6: crew members

87.5kg: average crew weight

90: Emirates Team New Zealand's members

The 35th America's Cup schedule for Bermuda

May 27-June 13: Challengers selection series, divided into Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs
June 18-19, 25-28: America's Cup match where the winning challenger faces the defender Oracle Team USA
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Smith & Santiago Conclude Open Bic Regatta

The 2017 O'Pen Bic North American Championships concluded at the Sarasota Youth Sailing facility in Florida.

Bermuda was being represented by Jade Smith and Joanna Santiago, both competed in the 14 race regatta.

Smith started the day in 42nd place and when he came off the water he had moved down 2 places to 44th with 429 points. Smith’s best finish in the Regatta was the 14th place finish which came in race one.

Santiago moved up the leaderboard to finish 51st after starting the day in 52nd with 519 points, Santiago best finish came in the sixth of the Regatta crossing the line in 35th.
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