Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Kids in the Endeavor Program

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Kids in the Endeavor Program

Herbert-Evans from Wales (British Isles) spearheads the Endeavor program and shared the experience with me at the Dark and Stormy deck on Navy Pier. Surprisingly, the word “Endeavor” didn’t come from the famous J-Class America’s Cup 130′ long 1934 America’s Cup boat that came close to taking the America’s Cup away from the U.S. It came from the word “Endeavoring” to achieve and was shortened to “Endeavor.”


Donors in Bermuda created the Endeavor Program to have kids be a part of the America’s Cup World Series.  Additional funds ($120,000) were raised at the Shedd Aquarium in a fundraiser six weeks ago.

400 Chicagoland students (mostly Chicago Public Schools) were selected to come to Navy Pier to get out on Hobie Waves, to sail on these catamarans (all sails were donated by North Sails company).  Some of the students will receive financial support to go to sailing school this summer.


The program is centered on the principles of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics.  Not only do the students get to sail, they are taught the physics of how a boat is moved by the wind, how to measure sails, and met up with the ACWS teams.

Once the ACWS is over, the Endeavor Program is donating these Hobie Waves to the Chicago Park District Foundation to be used in junior sailing school in the future.  This will be the first junior sailing school to use multihulls in their program.

The sails have the graphics of six Chicago sports teams – Blackhawks, Fire, Sky, Cubs, &?


Teams of students were exchanged hour after hour, day after day until all had a good time.



Kids, youth, juniors all look for something fun to do.  They can go sailing easily.  There are tons of opportunities to go sailing from free to very little money.  Where can you get involved in junior sailing in the Lake Michigan Region?

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