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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