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August Update


Hi Everybody,
Since my last update a lot of things have happened. I went to a jazz camp in Truckee, in boat building we flipped the boat over, and Emirates Team New Zealand won the the round robin portion of the Louis Vuitton cup. At jazz camp, we worked on a lot of songs that my teacher, Adam, wrote. We also threw Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock in to the mix one day. I really enjoyed the chance to play jazz with other violinists because in my school jazz band, I was the only violinist. I had a really great time and I made some really nice new friends. Because the rest of my family had other activities in SF, I was lucky to have the opportunity to stay with my cousins(and aunt and uncle) in Truckee. It was fun staying with them. When my family came to get me, we all went on a hike, here is a picture: 20130803-182016.jpg

In my boat building class we have made a lot of progress. For the rudder and centerboard we put four pounds of lead in the rudder and 13 pounds of lead in the centerboard. The SF Chronicle published an article about the project, here’s the link: http://www.sfchronicle.com/living/article/Project-takes-boatbuilding-back-to-beginnings-4668372.php

We have also finished planking the boat and have flipped it over, here is a picture:

flipping the boat before and after

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The hardware for the boat

On the America’s Cup front, Artemis Racing has launched their second boat and they foiled on their first day sailing. This is noteworthy because the stability of their foiling on their first day, was better than any other teams foiled on their first days. Here us a link to the video of them foiling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQHGi8LO51I Over the past month the races of the Louis Vuitton Cup have been taking place in the Bay. Emirates Team New Zealand won the first segment, the round Robbin portion of the Louis Vuitton cup, which gave them the decision to either go the the semifinals against Luna Rosa/Artemis or just advance to the finals. ETNZ chose to advance directly to the finals. On August 6 Artemis Racing and Luna Rosa will race against each other in the semi finals. I will update you again soon as the America’s Cup and my boatbuilding project make progress. Here are some America’s Cup pictures:

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Emirates Team New Zealand

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Oracle Racing

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April Update


Hi Everybody,

I am sorry I have not posted in a while, I have had been really busy. Since my last post I have been accepted into my top choice high school, had two laser regattas, and have started the construction of the rc boat I talked about a few posts ago. Next year I will be going to the  The Bay School of San Francisco. I was really excited when I got my letter, I did a lot of work to get in and I can’t wait to go be a student at Bay.

On the Laser front, I have put two more regattas under my belt. The first regatta, which was my third laser regatta, was at the St Francis Yacht Club. There was about 14 kts of wind both days of the regatta and because I am small for a laser I had a hard time in these conditions. On the last downwind leg of one of the races,  my friend and I were racing eachother for second to last place.  It was unclear who would beat the other until about 4 boat lenghts from the finish when I took the lead and crossed before he did. We had a great time racing neck and neck with eachother, it was my favorite time at the regatta. Here are the results: http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=6372

The second regatta was in LA at the California Yacht Club. Because it was a three day regatta and all the way in LA, my whole family went as a road trip.  There were a lot of very good sailors at this regatta, it is a qualifier for the Laser Worlds. The conditions were perfect for my size and I did fairly well for the whole regatta. Here are the results: http://results.calyachtclub.com/RaceResults/2013/laser_mww.html Here is a picture (I am in the yellow life jacket in the middle):

 

Last but not least, I have made a lot of progress on my model ac72. I have carved out the two hulls, both of the beams, and the center structure out of foam. The next thing I have to do is the fiberglass. Here are some pictures:

hulls and beams

Hulls and beams attached and standing on toothpicks

hulls, beams, and center structure

Hulls, beams, and center structure all attached with toothpicks, being held up by some homemade stands.

Hulls, beams, center structure and dowel to show what the mast might look likeHulls, beams, and center structure attached with toothpicks. The dowel shows the estimated mast location. I am not sure when I will fiberglass the boat or when it will be launched, but I am trying to complete it at the fastest speed I can without ruining it. I hope you liked this update, I hope to get back to you soon with more news.

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.

The Heavy Weather Regatta


Hi Everybody,

I mentioned in my post The Starting Line Of Summer , I was going to do the Heavy Weather Regatta at the St. Francis Yacht Club. It was last weekend. Before the regatta started, the St. Francis hosted a clinic for sailors who wanted to learn about the race area before the regatta. On the first day of the clinic, Wednesday, we learned about how the currents work at the city front. In the afternoon we saw the same AC 45 that I had been on (if you would like to learn more read June Update). However, they were not using the regular Oracle sail, they were using the Youth America’s Cup sail with the wing extension. Wednesday was also the day Laird Hamilton, a surfer, went out on Oracle racing‘s AC45. The next day, was the second day of the clinic and we did not see any ACs that day. We spent most of our time learning about the tricky and unintuitive currents of the bay. When we were out sailing, we did practice races and many different drills. The coach of our clinic was Mike Kalin. He used t0 be the StFYC opti coach but he moved on to being one of the US olympic laser team coaches. It was really great having him as my coach for those two days. Friday, the first day of the regatta. We launched our boats at 11:30 and sailed to the race course. The first race started at 12:00. We did four races on Friday. I do not feel like I raced my level on any of the first three races, but on the fourth race, I got 17th, a very satisfiying position. On the second day, I did better than the first. We had four races, and on the third race I got 15th out of 36. On the last day of the regatta, Sunday, I did really well! I did great in all three of my races, the best of them was a 13th. Here are the results: Heavy Weather Results. Even through I didn’t have the best start, I came back with a strong finish and really enjoyed the regatta. It is really hard to sail for five days at city front, but I am lucky to have the opportunity to sail there and it was great. Here are some pictures that I dad took of me on the water.

My next post will be about our trip to France. So far we have had a lot of fun. I can’t tell you too much, because that is not what this post is about. I can’t wait to update you soon. Oh, and by the way, tomorrow is my fourteenth birthday!

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