Tre Maxwell relishing the return of SailGP ahead of season opener in Bermuda
Tre Maxwell hopes to solidify his ties with SailGP during the global sailing league’s upcoming Season 3 opener in Bermuda.
With the countdown to the new season now less than 100 days away, Maxwell is preparing to once again grasp another valuable opportunity to work with SailGP Team USA’s shore team, having previously done so at the Spain Sail Grand Prix in Cádiz last November.
“For the Bermuda event I will be on the shore team again with the United States team,” Maxwell told The Royal Gazette. “I’m going to be with them for a period of two weeks, which is going to be good.
“It’s good to get back and gain some new connections and hopefully cement myself in SailGP.”
The 22-year-old was initially invited to work with the team in last season’s event as reward for his hard work ethic as a successful candidate of the SailGP Inspire Careers programme at the SailGP event in Saint-Tropez, France, last October.
“Tre really impressed us in Saint-Tropez where he participated in the SailGP Inspire Careers programme,“ Jimmy Spithill, the chief executive and helmsman of USA SailGP Team, said.
“We could tell he was an incredibly hard worker and that attitude is what really impressed us and led us to invite him to be a part of our shore team in Cádiz.”
Maxwell, who was handed the opportunity of actively helping to construct the wings of each team’s F50 foiling catamarans in France, is thrilled to be around his idols.
“It’s been absolutely amazing because these are people that I’ve always looked up to when I was younger,” he said. “It’s really cool to be able to interact with these type of people, it’s just really brilliant.”
Prior to being involved with SailGP’s Inspire scheme, Maxwell completed the pilot Endeavour Maritime Career Springboard programme in 2018.
He now hopes to make the most of the opportunities that come his way to broaden his sailing horizons on the SailGP circuit and make further inroads towards his ambitions in the sport.
“It’s [SailGP] really been instrumental to me and I guess something that’s snowballed and just been overwhelming,” he added.
“I’m just trying to keep capitalising on what I’m doing at SailGP; gaining new connections, and hopefully I can help some young people in the future that want to do the same thing as me.
“If you really have something you want to do, for example SailGP, this is something that you can really hold onto. I tell everyone just keep dreaming and if you really want to do it go out and get it.”
Maxwell is also thrilled to see SailGP return to the island.
“It’s just really cool seeing SailGP come back because it’s something that I’ve always been looking forward to,” he said.
“It’s really cool being able to be a part of something like this and be on the stage with really influential people.”The high-speed F50’s will return to the Great Sound for the Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on May 14-15.
The island also hosted the Season 2 opener last April won by Great Britain SailGP Team — led by multiple Olympic, world and America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainslie — who also set a new F50 speed record of 94.8km/h (59.9mph) en route to the title.
SailGP’s Season 2 will conclude March 26 and 27 with the SailGP Grand Final in San Francisco.
Hosts Team USA and reigning SailGP champions Team Australia have already qualified for the Grand Final, with next month’s event to determine the third team on the starting line to go head-to-head with them for the overall series title and $1 million prize up for grabs.