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Meet the Endeavour Team

Geovanni
Hayward

Programme Manager

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.” ~ Mae West

Fun Fact:

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

Tristan De Silva

West Programme Manager

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:
Tristan spent most of his childhood in Bermuda and a few years in England. He developed his love for travel and adventure in England. He moved from Somerset, Bermuda to Somerset, England and he spent most of his free time meandering around the English countryside. Once he moved back to the island he quickly got involved in sailing and pursuing more adventures (anything to avoid Homework!!). Once the Spirit of Bermuda took off he was quickly and intensely transfixed with ocean sailing. He sailed onboard as a deckhand/watch leader in her first few years. He was encouraged to head overseas and pursue a maritime license and with that he completed several deliveries all over the Atlantic. He can’t remember the exact figure but in the space of about 2 years he racked up around 20,000 miles at sea. He was intensely transfixed!
After several deliveries he moved into a more comfortable role as yacht crew on super yachts, and spent several seasons in the Mediterranean, mainly Spain, France and Italy. His heart was never fully into the superyacht lifestyle, as his passion has always been teaching and character development. With that in mind he decided to join Class Afloat for the 2019-2020 school year. Class Afloat take out approximately 60 high school students for a full school year at sea. They sailed from The Netherlands and made it as far as Mexico (with dozens of stops in between). Then Covid hit and cut it short. It remains one of the most rewarding stints of his career.
If not working with the Endeavour team...

From his bio it’s easy to see he’s never far from the ocean. He imagines he would probably be back in the yachting industry.

Favourite memory on the water:
His favourite memory on the water to date was a crossing from Bermuda to the Azores in a 72ft carbon fibre racer cruiser. After departing Bermuda, within a few hours off the safe water mark they had a beautiful wind coming off the stbd quarter. They reached the entire way across the Atlantic, rarely going under 18kts the entire way. It’s like Poisedon gave his blessing, with 3 lows develop south of the vessel it just produced the best sailing ever, they rode all three of them to Horta. So, it was kind of a fancy boat, and had a fantastic stereo system right in the cockpit. The team were all focused on the delivery so stayed out of each other’s way and kinda let everybody do their own thing. That meant blast music to your heart’s content and that is precisely what Tristan did! About half way there he was on watch in the middle of night, clipped in, by himself, absolutely loving it, music blasting (Muse = Supermassive Black hole) when the moon came out and the waves were just perfectly illuminated. Anyone who’s spent time at sea knows what he means, the darkness on the water is completely different and when the moonlight illuminates everything it is special.
Holding 20kts, beautiful broad reach sailing, halfway surfing down gentle swells, listening to some of his favourite tunes, incredible moonlight. Definitely top favourite memory on the water.
Favourite Quote:

Make sure the juice is worth the squeeze!

Fun Fact:

Tristan climbed to the highest point in the lower 48 states of the US. (Mt. Whitney).

Jahshon
Smith

Programme Coordinator

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

Jahshon loves the ocean and sailing. He is also an avid book-reader, he loves to exercise and play football.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

He would be at his most recent place of employment, Tucker’s Point Club Bermuda, looking for any and every chance to get on the water. As well as continuing his studies in Physics and Astronomy.

Favourite memory on the water:

Going whale watching with Coach Cristian and Coach Geo.

Favourite Quote:

“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors you create possibilities.” – Mario Testino

Fun Fact:

He loves all music, except Rock and Metal.

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!

Rajiv Mallory

Programme Instructor

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

Rajiv has always had a passion for the ocean, boating and marine life. He’s recently joined the Endeavour team after discovering his passion for sailing at a late age during the Endeavour Maritime Career Springboard Programme. 

As a father, Rajiv has a lot of experience with children and he’s excited to share his passion, knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of young people through Endeavour’s programmes.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

If not working with the Endeavour team, Rajiv would be pursuing a career in music, photography or videography.

Favourite memory on the water:

While he doesn’t have a particular favourite memory on the water, he finds it very rewarding to build his kids’ confidence and proficiency on the water over the years.

Favourite Quote:

“Always ready, never scared.” ~ Rajiv Mallory 

Olivia
Reilly

Operations Manager

Nationality: British
A bit about yourself:

Olivia has been sailing since she was seven years old starting out on Plymouth sound in the UK. She started coaching when she was 16 years old and since then she has worked in various places around the globe. She joins Endeavour from her most recent role with Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club in the United Arab Emirates where she was responsible for developing and managing the youth sailing training programmes and community outreach activities. She has worked on large scale sailing events including the America’s Cup, SailGP, ISAF World Cup and Continental Olympic Qualifiers. She has been visiting the beautiful Island of Bermuda since she was 16 years old. She had the opportunity to experience the positive impact that Endeavour has on diverse youth across Bermuda during the first cohort of the Endeavour Graduate Programme in summer 2016 as a volunteer coach.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

Olivia would be mentoring and counselling young adults and teens and helping them through life skills and career development.

Favourite memory on the water:

Sailing across the Atlantic on a 42ft race yacht watching the sunrise on an empty horizon. She is thankful that the sea sickness had finally stopped by this point…it was a rough night.

Favourite Quote:

“The only person that you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.” – Tony Robbins

Fun Fact:

Olivia loves hosting friends for dinner parties and baking scrumptious treats.

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:

Sailing on her uncle’s boat during the 2009 Tall Ships Festival in Bermuda, her first Hobie sailing lesson with Josh Greenslade, first surfing lesson in northern Spain, and kayaking adventures with her son.

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.

Tre'sure Nanette

Programme Instructor Intern

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

Tre’sure was born and raised in Bermuda, but her dad is originally from the island of Mauritius. Tre’sure grew up watching her dad work on the craft he brought with him from Mauritius, building vintage recreations of old wooden sail boats from scratch like the Deliverance, The Cutty Sark and a bunch of other model ships. Tre’sure really enjoys photography, reading and writing, and basically anything that encourages her to get creative.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

If she wasn’t working with Endeavor, Tre’sure would probably be working on trying to get her certification for personal training and increasing her knowledge on mobility training so she could help others reach their physical goals and improve longevity and overall health. As well as some water photography on the side.

Favourite memory on the water:

One of her fondest memories on the water would probably be jumping off the rocks when she was little with her family. As well as learning to drive powerboats during the Endeavour Maritime Springboard Programme.

Favourite Quote:

“Happy is the man that can make others better, not merely when he is in their company, but even when he is in their thoughts.” ~ Seneca

Fun Fact:

Tre’sure likes to collect and write down new recipes and then cook them for the people that she cares about.

Ian Morrell

Maintenance Technician

Nationality: Bermudian
A bit about yourself:

Ian grew up in Bermuda, and developed a passion for boats and the water from a young age. It all started with rowing dinghies around Agar’s Island at Camp Juniper and then sailing at White’s Island. As a teen he found his second home at a local dive shop. Ian attended the New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island and trained as a Marine Service Technician. He returned to the Island in 2003 and has worked in the industry ever since in varied roles, ranging from commercial diver, to charter boat captain, to factory certified service technician. He spends his weekends exploring the coastline, free diving or sailing a cedar berry dinghy he restored. Ian is excited to be part of the Endeavour team and to be able to put his skill set and experience to good use serving the community.

If not working with the Endeavour team...

Ian’s love for the environment would lead him to pursue opportunities in the renewable energy field.

Favourite memory on the water:

Sailing with his wife several miles off of St. David’s Head and encountering a pod of dolphins who started to ride the bow wave.

Favourite Quote:

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Stephen Hawking

Fun Fact:

Ian lives on a sailboat with his wife, 9-year-old daughter and their Shiba Inu, Nari, and ginger cat Mango.

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