Introducing Ben & Annabel – UK AC Endeavour sailors
Introducing Ben & Annabel – The 1851 Trust sailors representing the UK in O’pen Bic Class in Bermuda.
Whilst the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda will showcase the finest sailing talent and technological development there is another side to the competition; one that aims to inspire the next generation.
The America’s Cup Endeavour programme aims to leave a sporting legacy on the island of Bermuda, and encourage a sporting attitude and experiential approach to learning.
Ben and Annabel, both aged 13, will be representing the UK in the O’pen Bic class, which will involve 32 children (age 15 or younger) from a range of nationalities, racing in Bermuda in June as part of the America’s Cup.
The 1851 Trust, official charity to Land Rover BAR the British America’s Cup team, are supporting these two young sailors, as part of our ambition to use the excitement of Land Rover BAR to inspire future generations.
Both Ben and Annabel sail regularly on O’pen Bic dinghies at Rutland Sailing Club and have been selected to represent the UK for their willingness to help younger children, their personal determination and team spirit as well as their sailing potential.
Ben was also a Young Engineer runner up at the recent Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham, at which the 1851 Trust exhibited, with an invention to monitor and detect earthquakes.
The 1851 Trust welcomed Ben, Annabel and their families to visit the Tech Deck and Education Centre at Land Rover BAR’s base in Portsmouth, to inspire these young sailors and offer a behind-the-scenes insight into the British America’s Cup team.