Un-Regatta style racing in Bermuda
Charlie, age 15, one of the 1851 Trust sailors representing the UK in the O’pen Bic Class of the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme tells us about his experiences:
“I had an amazing time in Bermuda. It was so cool because we were so close to the Americas cup AC45 race boats. You could see them going at full speed on the hydro foils in wind where we were hardly moving.
“During the half time show the Open Bic’s job was to keep the crowd entertained in-between the races. Whilst we were out there waiting for our time slot, we could watch some of the first race as they were coming in hot round the wind ward mark. We were so close to the action on the water between Oracle team USA and Emirates team New Zealand!
“One evening we went to Snorkel beach, that was really good because all 32 sailors from the O’pen Bic squad were along with the Feva sailors and we all went swimming in the beautiful blue ocean. Then all of the Bic sailors went and played a massive game of beach volleyball it was really great fun.
“Another day we got to meet some of the Red Bull youth teams from Spain, Switzerland and America and they told us how they got into sailing and how they had progressed to be in their teams which I found really inspirational.
“Overall, sailing in Bermuda was a fantastic experience as I got to meet other kids from all around the world who also love sailing and they showed me some great new tricks when sailing in an ‘un regatta’ freestyle format event. The three days of racing was totally different to back home, we had to do some legs standing up on the boats and on another leg do a 360, pass under the bridge of doom (an inflatable bridge which the mast wouldn’t fit under when vertical), and a capsize which was all pretty tricky as I managed to land the extremely leaky boat for the week which slowed me down loads! I still had lots of fun and laughs which was the main point of the Open Bic Endeavour Regatta. ”
Charlie obviously was inspired by his experience, as he returned home to become the Topper Midlands Area Champion this weekend. Well done Charlie!