Introducing Bermudian Children to Sailing
Published on October 16th, 2015
(October 15, 2015) – It was Endeavour Day at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Bermuda as over 550 students between the ages of nine and 12 were invited to help officially open the America’s Cup Endeavour Community Sailing Program’s location in the Historic town of St. George’s.
The Endeavour Program is aimed at youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to sail. Events during the day included the official opening of the East Fort at the T.S. Admiral Somers Building as well as races on the RS Feva boats, Hobie’s, traditional Bermuda fitted dinghies, Open Bics and a rowing challenge as well. America’s Cup sailors from all six teams sailed with local youth sailors in many of these classes.
“St. George’s has a long, rich maritime history so we are very excited to have the first Endeavour fort in the east end of the Island,” says Mayor Francis. “Endeavour Day is going to be full of entertainment and we encourage the whole community to support this fantastic program.”
“Endeavour Day is a great opportunity for members of the public to come out and see what we have been working on for the past few months,” says Tom Herbert-Evans, Community Sailing Manager for the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). “We are excited to officially open the East Fort and look forward to introducing more local children to the sport of sailing.”
“The Endeavour Program is fully funded through 2017 and is focused on leaving a sporting legacy in Bermuda,” says Herbert-Evans. “We are excited to be able to provide a program in Bermuda where children can learn to sail without their parents making a financial commitment and thank our partners for their contributions.”
Source: America’s Cup
Photos by Ellen Hoke