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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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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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