Island youths get chance to compete in Bermuda Sailing Grand Prix – The Royal Gazette
Created: April 20, 2022 07:57
Exciting opportunity: Aspiring foil sailors can now apply to participate in the Inspire Racing x WASZP program in the Bermuda Sailing Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
Aspiring foil sailors can now apply to participate in the Inspire Racing x WASZP program as part of the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess.
Ahead of the Season 3 opener on May 14-15, the World Sailing League is accepting applications, from which 16 sailors under the age of 21 will have the exciting opportunity to hone their skills and race on the same waters as the ten competing nations. in supercharged F50 catamarans.
Additionally, the top men and women from each event this season, across Bermuda, Chicago in the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, France, Spain, Dubai and New Zealand, will be invited to again at the Season 3 Grand Finals in San Francisco.
“We look forward to another exciting racing weekend and thank SailGP for the opportunity for our youngsters to participate in its Inspire x WASZP racing program,” said Leatrice Oatley St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club. “The promotion SailGP is extending to the world of sailing shines a light on Bermuda and its talented youth, creating pathways to future opportunities in the sport and in the maritime industry worldwide.”
SailGP Inspire Youth Program Manager Tom Herbert-Evans explained what this opportunity means to successful applicants.
“Having an impact on young athletes and inspiring a love of sailing is a priority for us,” he said. “We are delighted to give young sailors a chance to develop their passion for the sport as well as their sailing skills, and the WASZP training sessions will do just that.”
Meanwhile, young people on the island can also compete in the next Grand Prix, albeit virtually, by designing their own version of a modern Bermuda Sloop to out-compete the SailGP F50 catamarans in the Virtual Boat Design Challenge.
Participants can either draw a drawing of their boat or create one from recycled materials from home and show how it would be faster or more durable than the F50 catamarans. Photos or videos must be submitted by Sunday May 1st.
The top ten designs will win a pair of tickets to the Bermuda Sailing Grand Prix. Challenge winners will also receive an exclusive tour of the SailGP Tech Base during the week of the event, as well as a goody bag.
“By launching the SailGP Design Challenge, we want to inspire young Bermudians and connect them to the incredible maritime heritage that Bermuda is home to,” added Herbert-Evans. “As the world increasingly focuses on efficiency, everything we do must consider energy consumption and this challenge is just about that.
“The ‘Bermuda Rig’, designed in the 1600s, became the basis for all modern sailing vessels. The reason for this is due to its ability to go upwind.
“We want to see the next generation of Bermuda continue this innovation by delivering their own futuristic creation that encompasses a sustainable design and thought process.”
• Anyone interested in applying to the Inspire Racing x WASZP program can do so via sailgp.com/general/inspire/racing.