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Meet the Team

Geovanni
Hayward

Programme Coordinator

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

Geovanni grew up on the water. He started sailing at 5 years old when his father took him out sailing in his comet. He spent 2 summers sailing at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) before moving to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) where he has spent the past 12 years growing as a sailor and as a sailing coach. The RBYC Sailing Academy is where he found his passion of helping to make sailing more accessible for the youth of Bermuda by creating The Next Generation Sailing Fund, which is a scholarship fund to help more youth have the opportunity to sail year round.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

He would be coaching sailing at another sailing centre.

Favourite memory on the water:

Sailing with his father in the Edward Cross Long Distance Comet Race when he was 10 years old.

Favourite Quote:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Fun Fact:

He can listen to a song and play it on the piano.

Tom
Harcombe

Programme Manager

Nationality: British
A bit about yourself:

Tom is from London, England where he started sailing at 10 years old on a tiny pond and was hooked instantly. He absolutely loves being outdoors, exploring new places, and going on adventures. He is interested in the technical and scientific aspects of sailing which drove him to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering. As well as England and now Bermuda, he has also lived in Australia for 2 years.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

He would probably be sitting behind a desk somewhere in London.

Favourite memory on the water:

Sailing on a muddy river called the camel with his parents in a wayfarer in the cold and rain. It was windy and he loved it!

Favourite Quote:

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

Fun Fact:

The earth is roughly 3.5 times smoother than a snooker ball.

Rajae
Woods

Programme Coordinator

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

Rajae’s passion for sailing started when he was nine years old. He started sailing at Sandy’s Boat Club.

In addition to the sailing training and experiences that he has achieved he also gives back to the students that he coaches. He became a Royal Yachting Association Dingy Instructor in 2013, and then achieved a Senior Sailing Instructor qualification in 2015. He was a Senior Instructor at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club for two years and was the only  Bermudian Senior Instructor on the Island until December 2017. In racing he has learned that by coaching it can better your understanding of what you already know, especially in relating what he sees from successes or mistakes that students make. 

Rajae has been involved with the Sprit of Bermuda on training expeditions, and crossed the Atlantic from Mystic Port, Connecticut to Bermuda on the replica ship Amistad. During his sailing career he has evolved not just as a dedicated racer but also a dedicated coach. He loves sharing his passion for sailing and the water and enjoys imparting knowledge to educate and inspire Bermuda’s youth sailors. He is the Vice Commodore for the West End Sailboat Club and Sailing Director for Visionary Sailing Academy from 2017-2022.

Fun Fact:

Rajae has travelled around the world for sailing regattas and training taking him to places including Florida and Texas in the U.S., Ecuador, Canada, Spain, and Great Britain, meeting with people from other countries were some of the best experiences of his life. When he sized out of Optimist class he moved into Bytes, and at that time the Byte class was newly introduced to Bermuda. His next challenge was the Olympic class boat the Laser, and his last international regatta was the ISAF Volvo Youth Worlds in the Laser class.  

 

 

Cristian
Roque

Programme Instructor

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

A Bermudian who loves the ocean and everything to do with it. He recently started sailing through the Endeavour Maritime Career Springboard Programme and it has been history ever since. Sailing is now one of his favourite pastimes along with lionfish hunting.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

If Cristian was not a part of the Endeavour team he would be traveling the world via sailboat and working his way up to becoming a Captain.

Favourite memory on the water:

His favourite memory on the water is when his dad took him to school in a race boat because he was late for school.

Favourite Quote:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

Fun Fact:

He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean 3 times!

Danielle
Frith

Community Engagement Coordinator

Nationality: American
A bit about yourself:

Dani Frith grew up in Michigan, USA. She spent much of her youth surrounded by water and boats. Watching her nine nieces and nephews grow up, Dani found a love of youth development. She spent her career working in helping agencies and received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston College focusing on macrosystems and nonprofit management in 2016. She moved to Bermuda in January 2019 and has spent her time getting to know the local community and Third Sector. Dani is excited to work with our all of Endeavour’s partners. Dani is a member of the Nonprofit Alliance of Bermuda, where nonprofit leaders work collectively to improve the impact of nonprofits and champion their value in the community.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

You would probably find Dani organising Make-a-Wish Foundation wish granting or working on dark room photography.

Favourite memory on the water:

Growing up in Michigan she loved spending summers tubing, jet skiing, and fishing. Most recently, she’s loved seeing her daughter grow up loving the ocean.

Favourite Quote:

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela

Fun Fact:

When she was 13 she won a trophy for most fish caught at a fishing camp.

James
Harris

Operations Manager

Nationality: British
A bit about yourself:

James grew up sailing on the Thames in his hometown of Leigh On Sea and has since worked in the sailing industry in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the last 17 years.

His most recent post prior to joining Endeavour was as sailing operations manager for the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, where he also sat on the UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation technical committee and advised on youth participation and program development for the region.

He is passionate about expanding participation in sailing through education and community, and values empowering those around him.

Out of the office he enjoys playing 5 a-side football, cooking, SCUBA diving and, of course, sailing.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

Making pancake faces for his 3 year old daughter in Barcelona. 

Favourite memory on the water:

Overnight sailing solo from Corfu to Sicily, racing a thunderstorm that was following behind.  With a beautiful sunrise, and the sound of nature and nothing but water all around.

Favourite Quote:

“Life is a journey to be experienced not a problem to be solved.” – A.A. MILNE

Fun Fact:

James umpired the Abu Dhabi Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi 2012 in port race schedule.

Jennifer
Pitcher

Executive Director

Nationality: Canadian
A bit about yourself:

Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in various roles in the non-profit sector prior to commencing her role with Endeavour. Most recently Jennifer was the Community Outreach Manager with the America’s Cup Event Authority. Her past experience includes leading volunteer and community programmes with The Centre on Philanthropy, assisting job seekers with their employment search and job preparation at The Centre for Education & Training in Toronto, Ontario, coordinating community programmes for a conservation learning centre in a Costa Rican rainforest, and teaching English to Spanish youth in the Pyrenees. An Honours graduate with a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph, Jennifer is an advocate for community development for its catalyst effect to create positive change. She is hopeful that her genuine passion for service and sustainability inspires others to get involved and make a difference in their community!

If not working with the Endeavour team...

Jennifer would likely be a consultant for corporate citizenship assisting companies to leverage talent and resources for social good, volunteer her time with non-­profits focused on creating positive social impact, enjoy more time with her family and travel the world.

Favourite memory on the water:

Her first official sailing lesson on a Hobie Wave catamaran facilitated by Joshua Greenslade in St. George’s.

Favourite Quote:

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fun Fact:

Jennifer speaks Spanish, has taken surf lessons in Spanish in 4 countries, and has surfed in 5 countries spanning 3 continents and 3 oceans.

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