Hi Everybody,

As I mentioned in my last post I was going to volunteer for the Oracle Team during the America’s Cup World Series August 21st-26th. I volunteered all week and was able to watch the action as well. The racing was spectacular! I enjoyed watching the AC45’s sail around the bay at amazing speeds. The volunteering was also fun because I enjoyed helping the greatest sailors in the world . On the first day of racing, six teams raced against each other to get into the match racing Quarter Finals. Match racing is one on one racing and fleet racing is where all the boats race against each other. At the gun of the first start, China Team and Luna Rossa Swordfish started a one on one duel to the finish, where Luna Rossa Swordfish earned their way to the Quarter Finals. The other Luna Rosa team raced against Artemis Red. It was a Deja Vu for the fans on the waterfront as Luna Rosa Piranha advanced into the Quarter finals after a victory over Artemis Red. The last match race was between BAR, Ben Ainsle Racing, and Team Korea. BAR won two races agains Team Korea. Teams were slowly eliminated from the match racing to leave Oracle Team USA Coutts and Oracle Team USA Spithill in the finals. The two teams raced against each other on the final day of racing and no one knew who was going to win until the last second of the race, as Oracle Team Coutts crossed the finish line first. During one of the fleet races, later in the week, Oracle Team USA Russel Coutts hit the mark boat doing damage to both his boat and the mark boat. Luckily the shore team was able to repair the boat overnight allowing Coutts to get back on the water the next day. The last fleet race of the series was amazing as well, with the leading boat changing all the time. On the last leg of the race Oracle Team USA Spithill passed Team Korea taking second place. The match racing first place trophy was awarded to Oracle Team USA Coutts and the fleet racing trophy went to Oracle Team Spithill. It was obvious that Oracle’s training in San Francisco and their epic sailing skills lead them to victory during an e extraordinary week of racing. Here is a picture I took of the last fleet race finish:

The week after the America’s Cup World Series, I started school. I had a great start to 8th grade even though my dad was back in the hospital with complication from his ruptured appendix. I am glad to be back in school and excited about the high school process that I have ventured into as an 8th grader. On the third week of school my class went to the Ansel Adams National Wilderness in the Sierra Nevadas for a backpacking trip. My group went from Bowler camp site at 7000 ft to Madera Peak at 10509 ft and then back down over the course of five days. On the top of Madera Peak there is an American flag that had been flown in Afganistan, my whole group held it up and we took a picture. It was very cool to be at 10509 feet holding an American flag that had also been in Afganistan. The backpacking went well, my group had a lot of fun. Even though our water filter broke on the first day we did not turn back, we boiled our water instead. The only downside to boiling our water was that it tasted like ash. We had good weather except for one day of rain. We explored all three Jackass Lakes, and camped at the middle and upper lakes. The area was beautiful. I had never been to a small snow melt lake before and even though it was really cold, it was still fun to swim. The stars were also amazing because there is not a lot of light pollution. Here is a picture of me at Lower Jackass Lake:

Another thing that has happened since my last post was the BAYS #5 regatta at TYC. It was my two year anniversary of my opti sailing career. It was also my last Opti regatta. I have decided that because of my age I should transition out of Optis. I am going to starting sailing lasers at SFYC. I think it is a good idea to start now on a bigger boat while the wind is lighter. I am light in weight for the boat, but I think I will be able to handle it. I am very excited to start sailing Lasers, October is going to be a great month. I am also taking a 420 racing class at the StFYC so that I can get used to that boat and be able to sail it well next year in high school. The 420 is a double handed boat that is sailed in many high schools, I have enjoyed learning how to sail it. I will update you on these new boats, October ACWS and rest of my life as soon as possible.

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