Renaissance Reinsurance Sailing Day

IMG_5050 IMG_5058Friday, June 3 saw the annual Renaissance Reinsurance Sailing Day take place and supported as always by the Bermuda J/105 Fleet. Eight J/105s turned out to sail, and the format was something along the lines of three windward/leeward courses in Granaway Deep followed by a distance race to the Royal Naval Dockyard and a tour of the Oracle Team USA Americas Cup Base. In a change from previous years, this year’s edition of the Sailing Day also had a charitable side to it, and competitors were aiming to raise money for KAASO Primary School in Uganda. This effort was spearheaded by Emma Outteridge (whose husband Nathan is the Skipper of Artemis Racing), and the goal was to raise some money to provide a school bus for the children in Uganda. The highlight of the day was the final race back to Renaissance Re Headquarters in the company of eight Americas Cup skippers who had generously donated their time to helm each of the J/105s. From Artemis Racing came Iain Percy, Francesco Bruni and Nathan Outteridge. Oracle Team USA was represented by Jimmy Spithill, Tom Slingsby and Grant Simmer, and the line-up was completed by Dean Barker and Chris Draper from Softbank Team Japan. What a line-up! This was a fantastic experience for all involved, and the race was won by Iain Percy helming Mayhem. Overall the day was won by Dave Brining and team on Elusive. Post-race festivities included a BBQ, silent auction and many other items up for bidding with Americas Cup, Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA all donating rides to follow the AC45s on their chase boats. At the end of a highly successful and fun day, the combined efforts of all involved had raised enough money to provide a new school bus for the children in Uganda. Please see: www.ileftmyheartinuganda.com.

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