Archive for October, 2012


Oracle’s AC72 has capsized


Hi Everybody,

As the title says, Oracle Team USA has flipped their new AC72. Thankfully, the reports say no one was injured but the wing was badly damaged. They flipped near where I was sailing last Sunday (SFYC) and floated all the way out past the Golden Gate Bridge. It looks like they have turtled and possible shattered their wing. I will be sending more updates out, stay tuned and fingers crossed for Oracle Team USA.

Here is a video, http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/raw-newschopper-2-video-of-capsized-oracle-team/vf2j9/

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Team-USA-Oracle-Boat-Capsizes-in-Bay-174485331.html

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Team-USA-Oracle-Boat-Capsizes-in-Bay-174485331.html

Here are some pictures of the tragedy.

Photo from KTVU

Photo from America”s Cup Instagram

Photo from America”s Cup Instagram

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Laser Sailing


Hi Everybody,

As I mentioned in my last post, I have switched from sailing optis to sailing lasers. Last weekend was a three day weekend and I was lucky enough to sail  every day. Besides sailing, I was also having fun with my uncle and cousins that were here visiting. I am still sailing through the San Francisco Yacht Club, but with the laser team instead of the opti team. The main differences between an opti and a laser are the size and the number of sides. An opti has four sides, a laser has three, and an opti is eight feet long, a laser is thirteen feet long. The laser team has nine sailors on it, six of which are experienced high school sailors. I think my sailing skills will improve a lot while I sail on this team. The first day of practice we sailed out into Richardson’s Bay, see the picture below. There was a fair amount of wind and I had a hard time keeping the boat flat. It was a great first day of laser sailing. On the second day, we sailed in the cove and the wind was light, but as the day progressed the wind slowly increased. I was able to control the boat for most of the day, until the wind was at its max, then I found myself having a hard time managing the boat. Both days with the team were great experiences.

 

On day three, I was coached by an Olympian!  My good friend, Parker, and I had a lesson with Zander Kirkland. Zander was in the last Olympics racing 49ers, here is his blog http://www.bermudabrothers49ersailing.blogspot.com/. Parker and I had a great time, even though the wind was incredibly light for the whole day and we ended up spending a large portion of the day drifiting around. Despite the  light wind, I feel I did improved my skills over the course of the day.  Parker and I were lucky to be coached by Zander and I hope to work with him again. I had a great three day start to laser sailing, I can’t wait to sail again.

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