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Matt Cassidy grew up on the beach in Florida, so making a career on the water seemed like a natural fit. He‘s been sailing competitively since his early days at the College of Charleston and has been racing towards the America’s Cup ever since. He says, “put your mind to it and the sky’s the limit.”
Nowadays, he’s racing with the best sailors in 50 foot foiling catamarans that don’t even touch the water…yeah we’d say Matt is one step closer to the sky!
As a veteran member of Oracle Team USA, Joey is about to compete in his sixth America’s Cup!
Joey thinks having some new faces on the team is a good thing. “I think the America’s Cup was dragging along for a while…it was made up of people that had been doing it forever, so it was really hard for young guys to get a chance.”
So, what else has changed in the years between Joey’s first America’s Cup and his upcoming sixth? And…what’s kept him going through it all?
If you’re in Bermuda, there’s only one person you’ll want to show you around and he’s our good friend, Nigel. A native to Bermuda, his welcoming energy and pride for the island is contagious, he says “this is the only place that I can call home and I’m very proud of my island because of what it stands for…what it does for people when they come here.”
Nigel is sure to make your day better…and leave you wanting to make someone else’s day better, too! Manners and respect are everything to the local culture in Bermuda, “the island is a very close knit community. No matter how many times you see someone during the day, you always speak and show respect.”
At first glance, the blazer-clad and dog-embracing Hubert Watlington probably doesn’t strike you as an Olympic windsurfer. But he’s actually responsible for bringing the sport to Bermuda—he represented the island in the 1984 Olympics!
Hubert also restored the oldest boat on the entire island: the Shamrock. “She,” as he lovingly refers to the boat, was originally built in about 1870…and he paid $10 for her. “She tends to be a bit of a pain because she needs a lot of attention. But she’s a good traditional boat…always fun to sail and perfect for beginners.”