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Last France Update

Hi Everybody,
I hope you enjoyed my last post. This post will be similar to the last, except I have decided that this post will be shorter. To start this post, I will be combining both the days that my family was in normandy into one section and the days in paris together as well. While we were in Normandy, we drove to the beach to see a 360˚ video that was put together from modern color footage that is combined with old d-day footage. It was really cool because the movie was covering a 360˚ area. At different parts of the movie I found myself getting carsick, after the movie I found out that everybody else did as well. Another thing that we did to learn about d-day was having a private guide show us around different areas. We learned a lot about d-day and when we returned to our hotel there was a medieval festival. We did not explore the festive very thoroughly but what we saw was interesting. That was the end of our time in Normandy. Here are some pictures of Normandy:

Bombed gun position


After my family left Normandy we went to Paris. Our plan was that my dad and I would leave two weeks before my mom and sister were to leave, I am currently on my way home with my dad while my sister and mom are still in France. In Paris, we did a lot of tourist things. The most touristy things that we did were to go to Versailles and the Eiffel tower. When we went to the Eiffel tower the top was closed. We don’t know exactly why but  think that it was related to the bad weather. Even though we were not allowed to go all the way up the view was still cool. We also visited Versailles,  the old French palace. When we got there we discovered and hour and a half long line. Inside was amazing but really crowded. I found myself getting hungry. We went outside for lunch. The garden was much better because there were not as many people in each square foot. Before we left we rented bikes and cruised around the gardens. In Paris we also went to the Louvre. We only saw about half of the museum including the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa was much smaller than I expected and I was not able to get up close because there were too many people. Here are some pictures of Paris:

Eiffel Tower

View from our apartment

I have had a great time in France, but like the end of every trip I look forward to the familiarities of home.


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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