Annabel’s Blog as UK AC Endeavour Sailors Head to Bermuda
The AC Endeavour programme aims to create a lasting legacy from the America’s Cup. Part of this involves introducing Bermudian children to the sport of sailing, and the other part is encouraging a new generation of competitive sailors.
This week, Charlie and Annabel the 1851 Trust sailors representing the UK, are heading to Bermuda to compete in the O’pen Bic Class.
Charlie, age 15, is Annabel’s big brother and replaces his friend Ben, who at the last moment was unable to attend.
Charlie comments “I feel very honoured to be able to go to Bermuda and represent GB in place of Ben, we have always been sailing buddies and I will be in contact with him while in Bermuda and asking his advice along the way.”
Annabel, age 13, writes:
“I am quite nervous as I don’t know what it is going to be like. However I am excited to make friends with other O’pen Bic sailors and see what they like most about the Bic. I also cannot wait to see the sea as I have heard it is really blue and clear.
“Having found out that I had been selected to take part at The Americas Cup following several qualifying races held at Rutland Sailing Club, writing a sailing CV and various emails to O’pen Bic in America, I had to keep pinching myself that this was really going to happen! It only started to feel very real after we had visited Land Rover BAR and met the 1851 Trust team back in April.
“Packing for the trip has caused great difficulty as I do not know how hot it is going to be so I have packed a range of clothes to suit most weathers. For sailing I have packed sailing leggings, rash vests, shorts and boots. We do not have to pack a buoyancy aid as they are being provided when we get there as well as rash vests and hats. I have also packed a lot of sun cream because I don’t want to get burnt and ruin my ‘once in a life time opportunity’.
“Last weekend I was helping one of the younger members of Rutland Sailing Club when he went out on the O’pen Bic for the first time, he practised capsizing and sailing and he found it very easy to pull the boat back upright. It’s a fun boat to sail and he was soon in control.
“I’m preparing now with my last chance to sail competitively before we depart for our adventure. My brother and I are sailing in the Midlands Topper Traveller at Staunton Harold Sailing Club on the Saturday, where I will be sailing against all of my Midland Zone friends. At the last Traveller I came 9th and this time I am hoping for another top 10 result.
“I have been following the Americas Cup qualifying rounds to see how Sir Ben Ainslie and his team have been coping with the competition and I have decided not to sail too close to the team boats as they are considerably larger than the Bic and I!
See you in Bermuda!