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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.

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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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