SAILGP INSPIRE RETURNS TO BERMUDA FOR THE SEASON 3 OPENER, BUILDING ON ITS DIVERSE RANGE OF YOUTH-BASED LEARNING, CAREERS, AND RACING PROGRAMS
- Hundreds of local students to participate in hands-on Inspire STEM learning activities powered by nature
- Inspire x Endeavour partnership reignited to amplify community initiatives
- Inspire Careers program grows to include 25 both on-land and on-water opportunities
- Local sailing clubs reunite with SailGP teams through Inspire’s Adopt-a-Club program
Building on the spectacular conclusion of Season 2 in San Francisco, all eyes are now on SailGP’s Season 3 kick-off with the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess on May 14-15, 2022. SailGP’s Inspire program is gearing up to share the spotlight and its robust series of Learning, Careers and Racing programs with the Island’s youth.
Returning to Bermuda for its second year, Inspire plans to continue developing its better sport strategy in the community, alongside its partner Endeavour, to provide life-changing opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds across Bermuda including students, aspiring mariners and sailors. Inspire’s pioneering three-pronged strategy – Learning, Careers, and Racing – intertwined with its Adopt-a-Club program focuses on new opportunities and skills development beneficial to all youth, from all walks of life.
Since its inception, Inspire Learning has focused on engaging over 3,000 young people between the ages of 9 to 15 from diverse backgrounds to learn about sustainability using the power of nature. The Learning pathway provides memorable and immersive experiences for participants through in-person STEM based activities; offering a platform to meet some of the sport’s best athletes; providing guided tours of the team’s technical bases; and delivering invaluable training on the water.
Ramping up to the main racing events in May, Inspire’s Learning program has already shared with Bermuda’s school children the opportunity to dig deep, motivating them to design their own version of the high-flying F50 foiling catamaran. Participants can draw or create their version of an improved F50 from recycled materials to rival the speeds of the existing ones. A detailed worksheet and entry guidelines can be found online at SailGP.com/BDAboatdesign. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 1, 2022.
Working with some of the most experienced professionals in the field, local youth who have completed the Endeavour Maritime Career Springboard Programme have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience including, but are not limited to: technical team roles such as Boatbuilding, Hydraulics and Wing, Hospitality, Broadcast & Media Operations, Sustainability, Digital & Social Media Management, and On-water Operations.
Endeavour’s Community Engagement, Development & Partnerships Manager, Jennifer Pitcher said: “Endeavour is honoured to partner with SailGP Inspire for another year to create exciting legacy opportunities that inspire the next generation of Bermudian sailors and maritime professionals.
“We are truly grateful for the amazing support that SailGP is investing in our Island community, specifically our young people, toward our shared goal of creating opportunities for Bermuda’s youth that will have a positive impact on their futures.”
Inspire Racing x WASZP is a world-class program designed to select the next generation of elite Under 21 youth sailors from outside of traditional settings and train them to become high-performance sailors. With professional coaching, these young athletes undergo rigorous training aboard WASZPs, honing in on their foiling abilities in the lead-up to the main competition. Once race weekend arrives, their hard work will pay off as they take to the official F50 race course to display their skills in front of hundreds of fans, family and friends.
WASZP Racing applications remain open until April 15 for local youth sailors under 21. To submit interest and fill one of the 16 highly sought after positions in this season’s competition, visit SailGP.com/general/inspire/racing.