It's the return of an exciting documentary series which brings together some of the world's most talented young sailors for one big regatta - and even more than that: The Sailing Squad season 2!
On the occasion of the 83rd edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, we have launched season 2 of our mini-series "The Sailing Squad".
This time, follow a team of young 100% feminine international sailors. Trained in Valencia, where they have taken over their new hydrofoil boat, a 69F Persico, they then meet again in Geneva for the mythical Bol d'Or Mirabaud sailing race. The four young sailors are mentored by double Olympic champion and British TV presenter Shirley Robertson.
They have four days to get to know each other, set up a strategy, discover Lake Geneva and the boat that will take them on this adventure.
A lot of things will happen to them during this journey, surprises and above all a lot of emotion for memories that will remain engraved in their minds forever.
The four young international sailors are meeting for the first time in Valencia, Spain to receive their mission. Will they succeed in forming a united team capable of winning the Bol d'Or Mirabaud?
It's the first day of training for the Sailing Squad and the wind is blowing! But how will this first outing at sea go? Will they be able to "tame" the beast?
An intense day of training and a nice surprise awaits the young athletes: it's the final stretch before the Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
It's the D-Day! After more than 29 hours of racing, the "Sailing Squad" crosses the finish line of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud. What a race!
2 Olympic gold medals
Shirley Robertson has been racing boats at an elite level since the early 1990’s. As an Olympic athlete, she was the first British woman to win consecutive Gold medals, and went on to compete in various international classes, campaigning in both TP52s and Extreme 40s to international success. Most recently Shirley has extensive experience as helm on various superyacht racing campaigns. Off the water, Shirley has for over a decade been the face of CNN Mainsail, hosting the prestigious sailing programme for well over one hundred editions.
Further media engagements have included three Summer Olympics, as the BBC's live on water reporter, and the on-course face of BTSport's Live coverage of the 35th America's Cup and recently at the 36th Cup in Auckland was co commentator for the official world feed. She hosts the renowned Shirley Robertsons’s Sailing podcast - worth a listen everyone! And for the last 2 seasons she’s campaigned a Sunfast 3300 alongside her team mate Henry Bomby in the mixed offshore category.
2 European titles in Laser Radial youth and Optimist
4 Italian titles in Laser Radial, Laser 4.7 and Optimist
3rd place at the World championship in Laser 4.7
Tokyo Olympic campaign 49er FX
Member of Young Azzura Team Persico 69F GP Circuit
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
“I'm 24 years old, I live in Trieste, Italy, and I'm studying to become a Sport Psychologist.
I started sailing at 7 years old and at the time I never thought it would become my life.
I won 2 European titles and 4 Italian ones, as well as a 3rd place at the World championship, sailed in different classes like Optimist, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial.
I campaigned for Tokyo Olympics in 49er FX and I was member of the Young Azzurra team, as Yacht Club Costa Smeralda project to race at the Youth America's Cup, then canceled due covid pandemic. During the 2020-2021 seasons I reached together with Young Azzurra many victories and podiums in the Persico 69f Grand Prix circuit."
"Enjoy everything you do and be pleased for your day"
Youth Foiling World Cup finalist - 69F
#8 World Championship - Nacra 15
#2 RedBull Foiling Generation - Flying Phantom,
ISAF Youth World Champion - Nacra 15
Club Nautique de Versoix
Société Nautique de Genève
Growing up between the Lake Leman and the Baltic sea, this swiss swedish was destined to sail! Often the only girl on the team, Amanda takes the opportunity to get noticed. How you ask? Thanks to her strong character and determination! When she's not on, or in, the water, you'll find Amanda in the mountains or at school, working on her environmental science classes.
"Will is a skill"
6x Formula Kite World Champion,
4x Open European Champion,
2x US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year,
2x Rolex World Sailor of the Year Finalist
St. Francis Yacht Club
"I am a professional kiteboarder on the US Sailing Team training for the 2024 Olympic Games. I am also a member of the US SailGP Team. Outside of kiting and sailing I also enjoy surfing, winging, and traveling in my free time."
"Live in the moment"
North American Optimist Champion 2012,
Silver Medal Youth Olympic Games 2014 Byte C2,
Genoa World Cup Gold Medal 49erFX 2019,
European Champion 49erFX 2021,
World Champion 49erFX 2021
Born on Caribbean island Curacao, I played every possible sport when I was young, but with my dad being an Olympian Sailor the blood was strong to continue with sailing. Back in the Netherlands for a better education and now living in the Hague, it's become home a bit as well. At the age of 14, I had no doubt sailing was what I wanted to do in my life, my biggest passion, and I wanted to do everything I could to keep bettering myself. I feel very lucky that my biggest passion has also become my career. My goal is to become the best sailing version of myself, which means everyday I learn something is a good day. At the moment full focus is on the Paris 2024 Olympics.
"Bring your own sunshine to the day"
This project was made possible thanks to the support of Hublot, la Société Nautique de Genève and Forward Wip.