America’s Cup Endeavour – the America’s Cup youth education and sailing program - is branching out to New York and Chicago over the coming months.
AC Endeavour has been operating in Bermuda, the host venue for the 2017 America’s Cup, since last year. In that time, hundreds of school children have had an opportunity to get on the water and apply the technical concepts of sailing to parts of their school curriculum and learn about water safety and other life skills.
“What we’ve seen in Bermuda has been an incredible response to the AC Endeavour initiative,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, whose team has been one of the partners for the program. “Each week, we have dozens of kids come through our base, they have a workout in our gym, learn about fitness and nutrition, and see the incredible technology involved in the America’s Cup.
At the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in May, AC Endeavour is working with three local partners: Rocking the Boat, Hudson River Community Sailing and The New York Harbor School, to bring the program to New York.
As in Bermuda, the program will enable students in New York City to learn through a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Education curriculum and to then put those learnings into practice on the water in the AC Endeavour boats.
During the weekend of the event, there will also be an opportunity for kids to try sailing for the first time. Eight Hobie Wave catamarans will be donated to local youth sailing programs, along with legacy funding to help run the programs going forward.
The New York AC Endeavour events are focused around the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, with racing on May 7-8, which marks the return of America’s Cup competition to the city for the first time in nearly 100 years.
Youth sailors have also been invited to participate in AC Endeavour races, to be staged alongside the America’s Cup Event Village at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, during the 20-minute half-time break in America’s Cup racing.
The same format will be repeated in Chicago, when the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series brings Cup racing to a fresh water venue for the very first time, June 10-12.