SailGP: Inspire Careers & Racing Candidates

May 9, 2022

SailGP announced that 17 students were awarded internships in the Inspire Careers program and 34 local Inspire Racing candidates were selected to showcase their foiling skills during RS Feva and WASZP racing in Bermuda’s iconic Great Sound.

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda’s next generation of sailing superstars will have a chance to display their on-water and off the water skills through SailGP’s Inspire Careers and Racing programs during the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess, May 14-15, 2022.

“The Inspire program provides once in a lifetime career and racing opportunities, which may otherwise have been inaccessible and unthinkable, for young adult males and females from diverse backgrounds with an interest in sports. The global initiative aims to positively impact 10,000 youth globally by 2025.

Inspire Careers Candidates:

“The success of each professional SailGP team depends upon the knowledge and expertise of a dedicated staff and shore crew, working diligently behind the scenes to ensure victory for their respective team.

“Through the Inspire Careers program, youth sailors have access to practical hands-on experience in key operational areas, including working within the Photography & Videography teams, On-Water Operations & Race Management, focusing on Sustainability or working in Technical team roles such as Boat Building and or the Wing department.

Members of the SailGP shore crew assist with the craning of the USA SailGP Team F50 catamaran out of the water following racing on Race Day

SailGP Bermuda May 2022 (1)

“Securing coveted positions for the 2022 Inspire Careers program are – Hendrik Reidel, Jack Hilderbrand, Eli Furbert, Antonio Wade, Christopher Raymond, Campbell Patton, James Amaral, Ruth Mello-Cann, Sanai Robinson, Jermayne Dears, Elijah Samuels, Moriah Weddon, Naphtali Smith, Treasure Nanette, Brianna Smith, MaLahku Selassie and Abigail Frost.”

Elijah Samuels, who is joining the Wing department, said “To me, this opportunity is a great door opener with SailGP, and knowing that this is such a rare chance I’m looking to gain everything out of it with improving my sailing skills, foiling for the first time and being able to network with some of the greatest sailors in the world! The list goes on!

“I’ve been lucky enough to help out the technical team on weekends over the last month in the early days as they prepared the Switzerland boat and that was nothing less than awesome! I’ve been waiting to do the Inspire racing since last year and now that I have the opportunity to do so I will be giving nothing but my best to show that I am a worthy selection. Thank you so much for presenting me with such an amazing opportunity.”

Sanai Robinson from the Inspire Careers program who is joining the Canada SailGP Team said: “Being a part of SailGP and the Inspire program is an experience I will never forget. From being told that I was accepted into the program, and selecting a team to work with, I have been extremely excited to begin.

“To me, this means that I have a distinct opportunity to learn from the best, taking in as much as I can with the time that I have, to one day be the best. In addition to that, being able to take in advice from sailors like Ben Ainslie, Tom Slingsby, Jimmy Spithill, Phil Robertson and others will have a huge impact on my future endeavours. Furthermore, I hope after this experience, I will one day be invited back to SailGP to work with them and the team that I have been working with.”

SailGP shore crew make final adjustments to the wings ahead of a practice session

SailGP Bermuda May 2022 (2)

“Inspire Racing Candidates: Building on Bermuda’s rich maritime history, the keen interest of the island’s young sailors continues to gain momentum as they jockey for positions to be recognized for their sailing prowess.

“Through Inspire’s Racing Candidates program, 10 participating local sailing clubs will each nominate two of their best youth sailors to represent them in the RS Feva Class. The WASZP foiling class boat races on the same racecourse as the supercharged F50s and their world-class athletes – these sailors have all been selected as past or present Endeavour program sailors.

Racing [WASZP]

“Bermuda’s 2022 WASZP racing candidates include Rachael Betschart, Sophia Dias, Joanna Santiago, Laura Hupman, Ciarra Wells, Riley Lowe, Magnus Ringsted, Cody Rans, Christopher Adderley, Jack Adderley, Ahzai Smith, Taj Maxwell, Benjamin Redburn, Ethan Thompson, Matias Drew.

Racing [FEVA]

“Racing candidates in the FEVA class are Christian Warren, Kalasia Tucker, Trystan Hocking, Tegan Gannon, Shane Powell-Hayward, Anneka Allen, Evan Davis, Nina Gotfredsen, Miguel Power, Riley Lowe, Isaboe Welch, Oliver Soares, Arianna Outerbridge, Tomas Mello, Ayuri Ing, JaVaugh Dill, Kimon Lawrence, Riley Darrell, Sven Curley, Carmela Easton.”

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