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Designs on success: artistic students Francis Mussenden and Sabriyya Harvey with their boats for “Art 4 Sail”

When the Bermuda Sloop Foundation teamed up with Masterworks to work on a new fundraiser, “Art 4 Sail”, Warwick Academy was excited to join the fundraising efforts.

The project involves decorating 4ft fibreglass sloops that will be displayed at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute until they are auctioned off.

Warwick Academy was able to secure two boats to decorate for the auction and two year 13 students, Francis Mussenden and Sabriyya Harvey, stepped up to complete the task.

Francis said: “What inspired my design was the environment of Bermuda. Being a part of the Eco Club at Warwick was what got me interested in putting our stamp on something.”

He also believes his time at Nonsuch Island Natural History Camp influenced his design for his boat, The Eco-Bear, which features creatures and plants native to Bermuda.

He said: “This experience opened my eyes to what the environment holds, and discovering the different fauna and flora was something memorable that I wanted to be able to share with everyone on the island.”

Sabriyya took the project as a chance to challenge herself artistically and create a unique piece of artwork inspired by Bermuda’s scenery.

She said: “I had never gotten a chance to create a piece that large, while also working on an uneven surface.

“My design for the Mer-Bear was inspired by my love for iconic Bermudian scenery; our colourful houses and Jobson’s Cove.”

Both boats also feature aspects of the Warwick Academy school crest.

The “Art 4 Sail” auction will be at the BUEI on October 21 from 5-8pm. Admission is free.

All proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting Masterworks and the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s art and sailing education programmes.

Charity effort: the “Art for Sail” boats