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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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The America’s Cup Must Go On


Hi Everybody,

In this post I will update you on the America’s cup, Oracle racing, my sailing, and my life.

In America’s Cup news, Artimist and Luna Rossa have both launched their AC72’s. Artimist launched theirs in San Francisco and Luna Rosa in Auckland. Below is the Luna Rossa boat.

There are now two AC72s in the Bay area, but only one is in action. Orcale’s is being repaired after the tragic crash last month. Luckily Oracle was able to retrive most the boat. Here are some pictures of the boat recovery in the night: 

Sadly, their wing was shattered and scattered around the bay. Interestingly, they took part of the wing that they were able save and turned it into a flying contraption for the Red Bull Flugtag last weekend in McCovey Cove.

Artemis is still going through the initial test of launching their boat.They were able to get up on one hull last week.

Team Oracle has gone back to their AC 45 training and are also helping out with the Youth America’s Cup. Youth America’s Cup is a group of 18-23 year olds who have earned the privilege to sail AC45s. They will be racing after the Louis Vuitton Cup and before the America’s Cup next summer in San Francisco. I also happen to know that Nikki, my neighbor and friend, is working with the sailors on their yoga practice. I wonder if their yoga is like the yoga we have to do at school? Team Oracle has also been busy volunteering for the San Francisco Food Bank and growing moustaches for Movember. One of the reasons why Oracle is my favorite team is that they are great role models in the ways that they train, race and contribute to the community.

Recently, I was asked to explain the America’s Cup advertising tagline to a friend of my parents, Joe. He asked, “how can the boats go faster than the wind?” I explained the theory of apparent wind to him, see the illustration below. Basically, if you are going perpendicular to the wind at 20 miles/hour and the wind is also going 20 miles per hour, you will feel like the wind is going 40 mil/hr between the direction you are heading and the direction that the wind is coming from. So, sailboats are able to harness the 40 miles per hour wind, instead of the 20 mile an hour wind, making them go “faster than the wind.”

It was great talking about the America’s Cup to an audience that cared and was curious about the race. I realized that San Franciscans need to be educated on the racing format and the details of the America’s Cup. I have observed that my peers, who don’t sail, are very much in the dark about the details and awesomeness of the America’s Cup. I am going to explain to everyone I know the details of the America’s cup race and boats in an effort to raise enthusiasm for the big event next year. Unfortunately, there is only one of me and thousands of people who need to learn about the America’s Cup. Feel free to share my blog with anyone you know to help educate people about this epic event. Let’s all work together to spread the news!

On to my own sailing, laser sailing has been going great so far. I am really enjoying the switch to the new and bigger boat. I enjoy the challenge of learning a new boat, because if I am not challenged things become to0 easy and boring. Learning a new boat involves how to control the sail in different way, rigging the boat and learning different maneuvers. It is much, much different than an opti. I have found that the speed of a laser is exhilerating compared to the speed of optis. I think that sailing a laser has helped me to see and experience true speed in sailing. I don’t think I knew speed before, now that I can contrast optis to lasers. Also, it is really fun to hike in a laser. But, it can be hard to keep the boat flat because I am light for a laser sailor. I am working on gaining weight by eating more having lots of milk shakes. I have been also been learning 420s, they are a two handed boat similar to the boats they sail in high schools. I enjoy sailing with another person. It is fun to work as a team and be with someone on the boat. It has been great learning two new boats this fall.

Another thing happening in my life and that I am really excited about is my friend, Parker, and I have started to design a rc catamaran. So far, I have only drawn the hulls and the beams that connect them. Our goal for the project is to get the catamaran to hydrofoil. This week I am planning on building either the wing for the boat or a small model of the boat. An outcome for this week’s project, is to have a deeper understanding of some of the components of the big boat before we build it. For instance, I don’t know whether we are going to have a wing sail or a soft sail. Hopefully my building project this week will help me be able to figure that out. I am super excited about this project because I am combining rc models with components of some of the most amazing sailboats in the world – and I love building things. Stay tuned for pictures of my building progress and don’t forget to spread the news about the America’s cup.

America’s Cup and beyond


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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.

August Update


Hi Everybody,

A lot has happened since the last post. I will not be writing about everything because I don’t even remember everything perfectly. The first thing that I will tell you about is the BAYS #4 regatta. The regatta was held at the Encinal Yacht Club on Alameda Island on August 4th and 5th. The BAYS #4 was my first regatta since the Heavy Weather Regatta because I had been in France and at camp. On the first day of the regatta I came in eighth, thirteenth, second, fifth, and fourth. The last race, though not the best place, was my best race of the day. The four most experiened sailors, including myself, were talking to our coach during the start sequence and we all started a minute late. I was able to get a fourth place and beat two of the other sailors that started late.I was satisfied with my results of the first day, especially since I hadn’t been sailing for awhile. I did not place very well on most of the races on the second day, except for one where I got a first place. On last upwind leg of my first place race, I was tacking for the last time and my hat fell in the water. I did not get it and I was very thankful when another kid grabbed it from the water for me. I ended up getting sixth overall for the regatta and third in red fleet. I won a Harken document bag that I use as a laptop case. Here are my results from the regatta: BAYS #4. I think that after taking three weeks off of sailing, it was hard for me to do my best at this regatta. I am getting back in the routine now and looking forward to regular practices and doing better in regattas.

A week after the BAYS #4 we went to Huntington Lake for the Pacific Coast Championship, a team trials qualifying regatta in the Sierra Mountains above Fresno. We left at about 1:00 PM and the drive was about seven and a half hours long. It was a very, very long drive. I was looking forwad to the regatta because it is a popular lake for sailing. On the first day I did okay and ended in fourteenth place, three places away from qualifying. On the second day, I don’t know what happened, I was out of the game. On the first race I won the pin and port tacked the whole fleet, this was a very good thing to do. However, even with that great start to the day, I did not qualify. Despite the results of the last two regattas, I believe I will be able to rock the Bays#5 regatta on Labor Day weekend. After the regatta, we headed back to San Francisco. Luckily,the ride back did not take as long as the ride there. I am glad we went the regatta at Huntington Lake, even though I didn’t qualify, it was a good experience. For the rest of the summer I will be trying to sail as much as possible to improve and strenthen my sailing skills.

A couple of other exciting things happening in my life are that we have adopted a puppy and I will be volunteering for the America’s Cup World Sieres next week in SF. You probobly noticed the mistake in Tuesday’s post and I hope you will understand that I was very excited when I was writing and forgot to proofread. Miles is doing really great and there have been no conflict with him and our two cats. Obviously, I am excited and cannot wait for next week when I will be volunteering for Oracle Team USA. I don’t know what I will be doing excactly, but whatever it is, it will be awesome and fun. I am proud to be involved in the America’s Cup in any way. If you are in SF, you can watch the AC World Series in person from the Marina Green. If you aren’t in SF, you can watch the AC World Series races on youtube or maybe NBC. Here is the link: America’s Cup.

Unexpectedly, my dad was diagnosis with appendicitis on Tuesday!  We were in Geyserville but got him home to SF where his doctor is, he was sent to the ER and had surgery last night.  He is doing well and should be coming home soon.  This has been a crazy month so far!

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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