Many of Bermuda’s Olympic Sailors perfected their sailing skills on Harrington Sound. The likes of Peter Bromby, Malcolm Smith and Penny Simmons competed against one another under the banner of the now defunct Harrington Sound Sailing and Gliding Club to reach the pinnacle of Sailing and punch above their weight on the Olympic stage.
My wife Maja and I were inspired by this and as a Sailing Family decided to bring back Sailing to the Sound after buying a House overlooking this splendid stretch of flat water.
The first questions then were what boats to have, where to launch, where to keep the boats and where to store the equipment. The more we thought about it the more enthusiastic we became and with both Thomas and Adriana, our son and daughter, seriously Sailing internationally we realized this was not only a great opportunity but also a lot of work.
Since all four of us love Sailing we decided it was time to give back to this great sport. The frenzy of activity which surrounded the highly successful America’s Cup coupled with the Endeavour Program concentrated our minds on Sailing for those over 16 years and for those who were less likely to be able to own their own boats but who wish to continue Sailing in some form.
We therefore set up a Non-Profit Company - U Sail Bermuda, funded by the Family. Concentration on three classes of boat seemed sensible to appeal to those continuing to sail but at different levels. We chose C420s, 29ers and the exciting Waszp for those tempted by foiling following the success of the AC Series. C 420s give the opportunity in a double handed boat to progress towards the 470 Olympic class and 29ers are the pathway boat from RS Feva towards the 49ers, also at the Olympics
We wanted to make these Sailing boats available on Harrington Sound, at any time, at a reasonable cost, to competent sailors who either want to improve their skills or just continue to enjoy Sailing.
We were fortunate to find a piece of vacant but overgrown land at the bottom of our garden where we could start the Rental & Training Centre and yet be close to the water. There will be the occasional training courses with a focus on foiling, to provide foiling taster sessions and beginner foiling courses with a qualified RYA Sail Foil Instructor, as we look to the future of Foiling.
At this time, we also realized that some overseas Sailing Clubs were interested in coming to Bermuda to train and enjoy Bermuda’s wonderful waters when conditions at home were much less friendly.
U Sail Bermuda hopes to attract sailors of all ages (over 16) to enjoy and improve their Sailing and even aspire to Olympic dreams!