The America’s Cup is teaming up with some of the biggest names in the marine industry to launch an ambitious youth education and sailing program - the AC Endeavour Program - with a focus on leaving a sporting legacy in Bermuda.
There are three main pillars to the Endeavour Program:
First, and most importantly, an educational initiative: the America’s Cup Endeavour Program will enable students across Bermuda to learn more about sailing through a cross-curricular STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education Program. Students will participate in a 5-day program featuring experiential learning and increase their understanding of water safety and sailing knowledge. They will have the opportunity to learn how to sail with 4 types of boats: Hobie Wave, RS Feva, O’Pen Bic, and Optimists and develop their skills with certified sailing instructors.
Second: Youth Sailing - quite simply this is aimed at providing an experience in boats for kids aged between 9-12 years old, in Bermuda. It will also give these kids access to tour the ORACLE TEAM USA base and witness the incredible technology and facilities the team utilizes.
With some great industry partnerships to provide and maintain equipment the goal is to reach kids from all areas of Bermuda and give them the opportunity to try sailing and develop an appreciation of the marine environment. For those who show an enthusiasm for continuing in the sport we want to provide a link between the already established sailing centers and assist them to revamp their youth programs to make their boats available to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access.
Third: College Sailing internships with ORACLE TEAM USA - In collaboration with the Intercollegiate Sailing Association and North Sails we are setting up a training/internship program where the top College Sailors in the United States will be brought in for an internship session each year to train with and learn from ORACLE TEAM USA. Five of the top male and female sailors in the country will come to Bermuda to learn what it takes to become a professional sailor. They will also travel to the North Sails facility in Minden, Nevada, to learn important industry skills.
Three of the top intercollegiate coaches will also be invited to Bermuda to work with the team and share coaching technology and methods which will multiply the impact of this initiative as they take learnings back and pass them on to other coaches and sailors.
A project of this scale wouldn’t be possible without some of the top names in the industry taking a leadership role.
Partners include North Sails, Hobie Cat, BIC Sport, RS Sailing, Harken, Dynamic Dollies, Versadock, Magic Marine, VSR, Blokart, as well as local partners in Bermuda where 20 Optimist dinghies on the island are being upgraded and re-fitted by ORACLE TEAM USA as training boats.