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Hamilton staff join Endeavour programme

Hamilton Re Senior Actuarial Analyst Max Kehrli building an anemometer with Dellwood students (Photograph supplied)

Eighteen employees of Hamilton Insurance Group’s Bermuda-based operations joined Dellwood Middle School students in the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme.

Hamilton is a sponsor of the programme, an experiential learning curriculum focused on sailing that exposes Bermuda students aged 9 to 12 to Steam (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) studies and includes a broad range of modules from health and nutrition to the innovative science and technology behind sailing and yacht design.

A press release from Hamilton said its employees, many of whom are involved in highly sophisticated risk analysis, had an afternoon of eye-opening interaction with the middle school students.

Max Kehrli, senior risk analyst at Hamilton Re, said: “One of the activities that stuck with me was the building of a wind anemometer with a couple of students.

“I thought I was being the teacher and driving the design of our four paper cup, two paper straws, one pencil, and one pin anemometer, but at one point I was about to poke a hole in the cup.

“One of the students stopped me and said that if I did what I was about to do, our holes wouldn’t be lined up.

“My mouth dropped open, and I was like, ‘You are absolutely right, thank you!’ It was great to see the potential for outside-the-box thinking.”

Hamilton employees also joined students in a marine debris cleanup at Somerset Long Bay, which is part of the weekly programme curriculum that focuses on the impact of marine debris on the local environment in Bermuda and helps students to become citizen scientists as they track what they find and learn how long items take to break down.

Anne Hyde, executive director of Keep Bermuda Beautiful, was a special guest for the event and helped inspire everyone to do their part to keep Bermuda in its pristine state.

The event concluded with a fun Blo’ Karting session, where the principles that underpin sailing are applied on land.

Hamilton team members enjoyed the fun and experiential learning activities that students experience through the Endeavour Programme.

Rebecca Adderley, vice-president and head of claims at Hamilton Re, stated: “After spending a day actively involved with the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme, I believe the most awe-inspiring element was the overall level of engagement among the participants, both students and volunteers alike.

“Imagine what we could achieve if only we could harness that level of excitement, commitment and energy every day.

“For me, it was an unexpected but a truly rewarding experience.”

Tom Herbert-Evans, community sailing manager at the America’s Cup Event Authority, added: “It was fantastic seeing employees from Hamilton Insurance Group and Hamilton Re not only building a better understanding of the programme and its impact, but also learning themselves and doing so as a cohesive team.

“This is another important component of the America’s Cup Programme itself, as it focuses on the importance of teamwork and helps students learn to positively interact with one another.”