Hamilton Employees Give Back To The America’s Cup Endeavour Programme
HAMILTON, Bermuda, 14 December 2016 – A group of employees from Hamilton Insurance Group (“Hamilton”), the Bermuda-based holding company for insurance and reinsurance operations, and Hamilton Re, the Company’s platform in Bermuda, recently spent an afternoon donating their services in support of the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme.
As a corporate sponsor of the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme, Hamilton has provided funds for two Toyota HiAce vans that are used to transport students from local schools across Bermuda to the programme’s two forts located in the east and in the west of the Island.
On Monday, December 5, coinciding with the United Nations International Volunteer Day, twelve Hamilton team members rolled up their sleeves and tackled two projects at the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme’s East Fort in St. George’s. The first was to beautify the building where the experiential education programme takes place. This included paint touch ups and a general cleaning of the facility. The second was a landscaping and beach cleanup that transformed the Davenport Beach area used to launch the Hobie Wave catamarans, RS Fevas, and O’Pen BICs that students use to hone their sailing skills.
“There is something very satisfying about a day of a hard manual labour, when at the end of that day you can see a very tangible result of your efforts, and knowing those efforts really helped out the Endeavour Programme,” said Adam Williams, Hamilton Re Vice President, Finance. “Plus, I got to wield a machete, something I rarely get to do as an accountant.
“I was impressed that the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme is much more than a sailing programme. It also teaches children about important topics such as environmental issues facing our oceans, being sun smart and nutrition.”
Mr. Williams’ comments were echoed by his colleagues Nelia Cabral, Senior Underwriting Assistant at Hamilton Re, and Sam Thomsen, Head of Software Development and IT at Hamilton Re.
“Working together with my colleagues and the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme team to accomplish projects that will benefit hundreds of children was rewarding,” said Mrs. Cabral.
“What a great day!” said Mr. Thomsen. “So satisfying to get outside, work with our hands and add sweat equity to such a worthy cause.”
A second group of Hamilton employees will head to West Endeavour Fort in Dockyard in February 2017 for another afternoon of improving the facilities used by Endeavour’s young student sailors.
The America’s Cup Endeavour Programme’s experiential learning curriculum leverages sailing and the America’s Cup to expose Bermuda students aged 9 to 12 to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) studies. The curriculum includes a broad range of modules from health and nutrition to the innovative science and technology behind sailing and yacht design.
About Hamilton Insurance Group
Hamilton Insurance Group is the Bermuda-based holding company for insurance and reinsurance operations in Bermuda, the US and at Lloyd’s that underwrite property and casualty risks. The Company leverages analytics and research to create underwriting and investment value for its clients and shareholders. For more information, please visit www.hamiltongroup.com.
About the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme and the America’s Cup
The America’s Cup Endeavour Programme connects youth across all backgrounds ages 9 to 12 years old to opportunities in sailing aiming to introduce, educate, and encourage youth to discover the joys of sailing through a fun and interactive programme. The America’s Cup Endeavour Programme elevates the learning environment for students and teachers with an experiential Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) through Sailing Education Curriculum that leverages the innovative design and technology at the heart of the America’s Cup to provide unique opportunities for learning while inspiring future STEAM career pathways.
The America’s Cup is the premier event in the sport of sailing and oldest trophy in international sport. In 1851, the Royal Yacht Squadron in the UK organized a one-on-one competition between teams representing the nations of their respective yacht clubs in a single race around the Isle of Wight. In over 165 years, The America’s Cup has evolved into a multi-national team competition featuring the best sailors in the world on the world’s fastest and most innovative boats, wing-sailed and foiling AC45 and America’s Cup Class catamarans. On 2 December 2014, Bermuda won the bid to host the 35th America’s Cup, which will take place on the iconic Great Sound in May and June 2017.