Sailor to recall her adventures at BUEI
Bermudian professional sailor Emily Nagel will share her adventures participating in the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute tomorrow evening.
Ms Nagel became the youngest female competitor to take part in the 2017-18 race which is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world. It includes seven teams sailing for nine months over 45,000 nautical miles around the world.
Ms Nagel told The Royal Gazette: “Being born and raised in Bermuda the ocean is in my blood and from a young age I dreamt of sailing around the world.
“Comprised of 11 legs, crossing every major ocean and rounding both The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, the Volvo Ocean Race is seen as the Everest of yacht racing pushing sailors to their breaking point both physically and mentally.
“I will be sharing my story of the race, what it’s like to be the youngest female in the race, dealing with injuries and overcoming challenges while visiting some of the most remote parts of the planet.
“With photos and videos taken on-board I hope to share the experience with all those who attend and give them a taste of life at sea.”
A spokeswoman for BUEI described the race as “an obsession”.
She added: “The race sits at the intersection of human adventure and world-class competition. Racing across every major ocean, rounding both the Cape of Good Hope and the legendary Cape Horn this race puts sailors up to the ultimate challenge both physically and mentally.
“The prize money? Zero, this one is for the glory.”
Ms Nagel will talk about her adventure, the challenges she faced and the sacrifices she made to compete.
Her presentation begins at 7.30pm in the BUEI auditorium.