-Sorry I have not posted since the beginning of the month. I have been busy, between sailing, vacation and high school prep I have not had that much time.
As I have talked about a lot in my previous posts, I worked on a boat building project over the course of the summer. I was not present for the launch of the boat as we were in the Bahamas, but I have seen pictures and videos of the launch and parts of the project that I missed. During the boatbuilding project I worked on the rudder, centerboard and paddles of the boat. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work on building a boat as I am a big sailor and boat building is very cool. I learned a lot of techniques used for boat building and a lot about how boats are built and constructed. Here is a video of the launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnTt0op3cmY&feature=youtu.be I hope to have another opportunity similar to this one so I can be a part of the construction of another sailboat. If anyone would like to buy the boat I worked on, please get in touch with the workshop residence. Here is a the link: http://theworkshopresidence.myshopify.com/
As I mentioned, I was in the Bahamas. Luckily for me, they had sailing at the resort we visited so I sailed a lot during the week. The type of sailboats they had were Hobie Waves. The Hobie Wave is a catamaran that is 13 feet long, 7 feet wide, and is about 20 feet tall. The fun part about the Hobie Wave is that the sail is farther forward than the normal catamaran which makes the boat very easy to pitchpole. Pitchpoling is when the front of the boat digs into a wave and the back of the boat goes into the air because it is still moving but the front has stopped so it goes over the front of the boat. Here is a link to a video of me sailing a Hobie Wave:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wixLtY0FhCM&feature=youtu.be . I also enjoyed the regattas, which Celia and I won. My sister sailed with me in the regattas because every boat had to have two people on it. I enjoyed sailing with Celia, it was a lot fun. During the trip I also went snorkeling which was really cool because we went to a coral reef and saw lots of fish. Here is a link to a video of me snorkeling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVZZ_UHCees&feature=youtu.be . I really enjoyed the trip, it was a nice way to end the summer. Here is a picture of me and my sister in the sunset:
After the trip, I came back and had an overnight orientation for my freshman class. We went to the Marin headlands and slept in the old Army barracks. It was a lot of fun. We had s’mores around a campfire and went on hikes around the area. All the kids in my grade are really nice and I am really excited to be friends with all of them. I start school tomorrow and I cannot wait.
August ended with a regatta this weekend at the Tiburon yacht club, it was the bays #5. Bays #5 was my first regatta ever, 4 years ago. I have really improved and grown a lot in my personal life and sailing life since I started sailing in 2010. This year, I did really well at the Bays 5. The first day, there was the perfect amount of wind for me, about 8 knots. I sailed really well and my best race of the day was a 3rd. On the second day, I didn’t sail as well, but I did well for the amount of wind there was. It was about 12 knots of wind, which is harder for me than 8 because I am fairly light for a laser. I really enjoyed doing well and I feel really good about how I did. I hope that next year I will place even better.
The summer has been really great and I am sad it is ending. But, I am excited to be going into my first year of high school. I hope you all had a great summer.