10-year old Shayna Naomi Patterson is a hero in several ways. She was competing in her very first sailing regatta, the Opti Nationals when she spotted another sailor in trouble.
Looking out for another’s well-being led to an award for this America’s Cup Endeavour graduate.
“I received a Sportsmanship Award during the regatta for looking out for another competitor that capsized in a race,” she said.
“I was glad that she was ok though.”
Shayna had competed in the Green Fleet also received another award.
“At the end of the regatta, I was awarded a scholarship for sailing lessons at the Bermuda Opti Association,” she said.
“I was so excited because the scholarship allows me to continue learning how to sail after I complete the AC Endeavour programme.”
The youngster who trains once a week at the moment, has loved learning how to sail in the different boats such the Hobie and Opti and is looking forward to being coached in an Open Bic by her “awesome coaches” Katrina Williams, Molly Riihiluoma and Tristan Loescher.
So how is the America’s Cup, her cup?
“This is my cup because I feel that I won an opportunity to be a part of AC Endeavour.
“The experience has been so exciting and really fun!”
As exciting as this is for the Paget Primary student, there is also a note of sadness.
“I will be sad to finish the AC Endeavour programme because I will miss the coaches and the other Endeavour kids.
“This programme has given me confidence and determination to keep learning and keep going even if I am having a hard time.”
A heart-warming video of Shayna’s sailing adventures can be seen by clicking here. Have your tissues ready!