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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.

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.

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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