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.
He would be coaching sailing at another sailing centre.
Sailing with his father in the Edward Cross Long Distance Comet Race when he was 10 years old.
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ Mae West
He can listen to a song and play it on the piano.
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 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.
His favourite memory on the water is when his dad took him to school in a race boat because he was late for school.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
He has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean 3 times!
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.
You would probably find Dani organising Make-a-Wish Foundation wish granting or working on dark room photography.
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.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela
When she was 13 she won a trophy for most fish caught at a fishing camp.
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.
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.
Kristina is from Southend-on-Sea, England and her first job in the industry was teaching watersports on the Thames Estuary. She has since taught a variety of watersports around the world including in Australia, Barbados and Turkey.
Kristina has taught in schools for many years and has a passion for combining education with sailing. Her most recent role was Education Manager at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA), the largest RYA training centre in the world, on the Isle of Wight, UK.
Kristina is also a keen racer, competing in a variety of boats, from dinghies to 40ft yachts, in both modern and classic fleets. She is passionate about encouraging more females into sailing and she often enters all female crews into racing events.
She would be sailing/racing on the Solent and teaching teenagers in the classroom.
Crewing on a sailing yacht, running tours around the WhitSunday islands in Australia and seeing pods of whales swimming close by.
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll
Kristina can play a variety of brass instruments and used to be in a marching band as a child.
Jahshon loves the ocean and sailing. He is also an avid book-reader, he loves to exercise and play football.
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.
Going Whale watching with Coach Cristian and Coach Geo.
“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
He loves all music, except Rock and Metal.
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.
Olivia would be mentoring and counselling young adults and teens and helping them through life skills and career development.
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.
“The only person that you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.” – Tony Robbins
Olivia loves hosting friends for dinner parties and baking scrumptious treats.
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!
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.
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.
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jennifer speaks Spanish, has taken surf lessons in Spanish in 4 countries, and has surfed in 5 countries spanning 3 continents and 3 oceans.
Sari Smith is currently a student at The Bermuda College. She is studying towards an Associate Degree in Business Administration and plans to study overseas in 2024.
Sari’s first introduction to Endeavour was when she took part in an Endeavour programme at the age of 11.
She continued to explore her interests in sailing at a few sailing clubs around Bermuda until learning about the Endeavour Maritime Springboard Programme in 2021.
She completed and earned many certifications through the programme, including the Royal Yachting Association Dinghy Instructor Certification which she was very excited to achieve.
Sari first joined the Endeavour team as a Programme Instructor Intern from May to August 2022 assisting with Endeavour’s school programmes. She was very excited to be a part of the team as she had only dreamed of it for a couple of years.
If Sari was not part of the Endeavour team, she would explore other opportunities in the business field.
Her favourite memory on the water is sailing together with her brother. “There would be open sea and the wind would be rushing against our faces as we raced each other for hours around Spanish Point Boat Club. The best part of the experience was that I felt free and at the helm of wherever I wanted to go.”
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
Sari plays and teaches the violin. She has been studying the violin for 14 years, performing around Bermuda, and tutoring other young violinists. Music is a big part of who she is.
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