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Endeavour sailors get own cup regatta

Bermuda's young sailors will have the chance to be in the thick of the America's Cup action next year.

The Endeavour Programme is to hold a regatta during the finals in June, with hundreds of children from around the world being given the chance to take part.

Racing will be in three classes, including the O'Pen Bic, Hobie Wave and RS Feva class, with the week-long event scheduled to start on June 14.

According to the America's Cup Event Authority, participants will take part in “some non-traditional style racing which includes slalom courses, and limbo challenges, where they attempt to heel the boat under an inflatable bridge”.

The focus for the week will be on a variety of fun and engaging activities that also challenge the young sailors.

“We are thrilled to be offering this opportunity for the youth of Bermuda and beyond,” Tom Herbert-Evans, the America's Cup community sailing manager, said.

“We are really trying to make an effort to focus on experience and not results; this experience will not be anything like your traditional sailing regatta. We want to ignite the passion in each of the participants so that they will be sailing for life.”

The AC Endeavour Programme's main focus is to ignite a passion for learning amongst students, with its focus on experiential learning through fun, hands-on activities both on and off the water.

Its STEAM curriculum leverages the local schools' curriculum and offers a week-long learning experience to local youths in Bermuda.

During next June's regatta there will be opportunities for participants to watch the 35th America's Cup races, and get behind the scenes with some of the teams and meet some of the sailors taking part.

Joining the show: Endeavour sailors will compete in June next year (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published June 29, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 29, 2016 at 8:09 am)

Endeavour sailors get own cup regatta

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