TeamBDA was formed through a series of trials that sought to identify not only Bermuda’s best young sailors but also its best young athletes. The diverse group includes talented young Bermudians who possess competitive experience in Match Racing, the 410, and Lasers, as well as others who developed physical power in different sports. Before undertaking full-time training for the June regatta, many of these sailors were studying at universities in the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada, while younger members recently graduated from high school.
The team benefits from mentoring and resources provided by defending America’s Cup champion ORACLE TEAM USA and can be found regularly practicing on the Great Sound, working out in the gym, or maintaining the boats and equipment from their base on Darrell’s Island. The members of TeamBDA are proud to be representing their island on home waters and are out to prove that they have what it takes to compete on the world stage during the 2nd Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Mackenzie Cooper (skipper)
TeamBDA skipper Mackenzie Cooper lives in Southampton, Bermuda when he’s not studying sociology and sailing competitively at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mackenzie started sailing at age seven, eventually making the Optimist National Team and competing at the North American, South American, and World Championships. In high school his team won the Team Race National Championship as well as multiple New England titles, and he has represented St. Mary’s at on the national level. Mackenzie has taken a year off from college to focus on his training for June’s AC45f regatta.
Dimitri Stevens (helm)
The helm of TeamBDA, Pembroke’s Dimitri Stevens, 22, is a two-time Optimist National Champion who has been sailing since he was 11. His other career highlights on the Optimist include representing Bermuda in two North American Championships, two South American Championships, and Worlds, in addition to earning second at the Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championship and clinching numerous top places in local Bermuda (BODA) events. He also represented Bermuda in the Byte World and North American Championships. Besides sailing, Dimitri studied information computer technology at Bermuda College.
Peter Dill (boat captain)
Born in 1998, Peter Dill is a native Bermudian who thrives on watersports. The Paget resident started sailing at the age of nine, and he has raced overseas, local, inshore and offshore events on boats including Optimists, Lasers (radial and full rig), Bytes, Comets, 420s, 29ers, IODs, Etchells, Fitted Dinghies, J24s, J92s, J105s, J125s, Vipers, and a Beneteau 35. As part of Team BDA he has gained experience on Nacras and M32s as well – and he has also worked as shore crew/intern for ORACLE TEAM USA. Pete specializes in the role of jib trimmer and is boat captain for TeamBDA.
Warwick’s Philip Hagen, 20, is one of the athletes selected for TeamBDA on the basis of pure athletic power, all-around talent, and ability to learn, rather than on prior sailing experience. Philip has been involved with numerous sports throughout his life and was a competitive swimmer for 10 years, representing Bermuda in international competitions as a member of the national swim team. When he’s not training with Team BDA, Philip studies accounting at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, where he will resume schooling in September 2017.
Mustafa Ingham grew up playing football in Hamilton Parish, never suspecting that by age 20 he would be a sailor on the world stage. In fact, Mustafa had no sailing experience at all before his grandmother urged him to try out for TeamBDA, but with drive, determination, and outstanding athletic ability he earned the role of grinder. Mustafa has deferred motor vehicle technology studies at The Bermuda College to focus on his new sport, in the meantime earning a Personal Training Certificate. He also worked with a professional shore crew during last year’s RC44 Bermuda Cup.
22-year-old Owen Siese, has been sailing for a full 16 years, earning three national championship titles – twice in the Laser Radial and once in the Byte II. He is also a three-time qualifier for the Youth World Championships, and he finished sixth in the Byte II at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Owen is near completion of a mathematics degree at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada – on hold while he focuses on representing Bermuda with TeamBDA.
Head coach: Richard Clarke (CAN)
Foiling coach: Michael Barnes (GBR)