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Oracle Team USA delivers Optimist fleet to Sandys Boat Club

by Oracle Team USA on 26 Nov 2016
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On Friday afternoon, Oracle Team USA donated a second batch of 15 Optimist dinghies to a Bermuda Sailing Club.

The boats have been completely refurbished to ‘better than new’ condition by the Oracle Team USA boat-builders after being rescued from the scrap heap, and today were donated to Sandys Boat Club.

In total, the team has now re-built 30 Optimist dinghies at its base in Bermuda and donated them to youth sailing projects, with support from the America’s Cup Endeavour youth education and sailing program and its partners.

“I’ve always said we have the best shore-side operation in the America’s Cup and our boat-builders have demonstrated that with this effort,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “These guys work very long hours at the best of times but they just got stuck in and put the extra hours in to re-build these boats so more kids can get out sailing.”



Oracle Team USA’s boat-building crew is led by Mark Turner, an America’s Cup veteran who has overseen the build program for the last two America’s Cup winning boats. He says the professional skills the boat-builders have honed in building and maintaining America’s Cup boats were put to use in refurbishing the Optimists.

“I’m really proud of the guys who made the time to tackle this project,” Turner said. “If you look at these boats, it’s hard to believe that they were on the scrap heap just a few months ago. They look better than brand new. The guys have done incredible work.”



The Oracle Team USA boat-builders who contributed their time and skills to the Optimist refurbishment are: Ben English, Joe Iheureux, Dallas Willcut, Jared Spiller, Adam Rosewarne, Fred Brodzinski, Tim Charters, Matthew Hynes, and Mike Rolfing.

In February of this year, Oracle Team USA donated a first batch of 15 Optimist dinghies to the America’s Cup Endeavour program for use by its graduates. Those boats – in various states of disrepair – had been given to the program by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.

Oracle Team USA’s boat-builders invested significant time and resources in bringing them up to ‘better than new’ condition. Several of those boats were sailed by America’s Cup Endeavour graduates in the recent Bermuda Optimist Dinghy National Championships.



This second batch of Optimist dinghies came from Sandys Boat Club, and were severely damaged in the two hurricanes that struck Bermuda in 2014.

“This will have a huge impact on the rejuvenation and sustainability of our Junior Sailing Programme,” said Martin Siese, Past Commodore and Club Sailing Coordinator for Sandys Boat Club.

“One of our main stumbling blocks to restarting our Junior programme was the condition of our boats, and the huge amount of work that would be required to get them ready to sail. Most of these boats were 20 years old. We effectively now have 15 ‘as new’ boats, so that stumbling block has been removed for us by Oracle Team USA.

“Our ultimate goal is to have year-round programme which could see 100+ sailors using the boats every year.”

The Optimist refurbishment project has also been supported by North Sails, Harken, Magic Marine, SeaDek, and Dynamic Dollies, all of whom also support America’s Cup Endeavour.

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