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02-05-2011, 09:04 AM
loaded up and ready to roll to the kids first race. these two have been chomping at the bit since last night with excitement.

pretty proud moment for dad

war dog
02-05-2011, 09:29 AM

02-05-2011, 09:36 AM
yep, ryc opti green fleet. should have some pics later

Ballard Sailor
02-05-2011, 10:17 AM
make sure they have fun! do the kids still throw the winner in the bay?

02-05-2011, 02:30 PM
Nice Aa, we need a full report of course.

02-08-2011, 12:03 PM
Nice! congrats Aa! howd it go, did the little bugger have fun?

02-08-2011, 02:01 PM
Hey, nice to put a face to a screen-name. Looking forward to seeing you more often down at the club.

Congrats on the first race excitement!

Angry Dolphin
02-08-2011, 05:26 PM
You mean that's NOT his face in his avatar?

Buzz Light Beer
02-10-2011, 08:14 PM
yep, ryc opti green fleet. should have some pics later

How much later?

02-11-2011, 08:23 AM
How much later?

been a horrendous week, but i should be back in the office this afternoon with a short write up and some pics

<---not a pro photog, doesn't have the wizzbang editing capabilities/skills that others may

02-11-2011, 04:38 PM
31 kids showed up for the opti green fleet last saturday. ryc had it's largest turnout of our own beginner jr program sailors in attendance, in addition to eyc, sfyc, and st fyc kids. while the championship fleet sailed on the outside, the green fleet sailed in the relatively protected 'parent point cove' just southeast of the club. 6 races were sailed in 70 degree weather and varying wind strengths from 2-10 kts. results can be found at: http://www.richmondyc.org/

crowded start line

tight pack rounding the weather mark

the leaders break away

form and concentration

downwind action

at first we thought they were spectating from right outside the course, then we heard the noises, and saw the action. let's just say it wasn't a kids show

as for my two, owen chose to race every race while hayden elected to switch out with a couple of friends, though she made 4 races in total. for their first time solo in a race, i couldn't have been prouder...both rounded weather marks in the top half of the fleet and both of them got better with every race completed. hayden is in her second year of jr program and owen is in his first and the skills they've been working on are starting to really stick. they walked away from the day with a whole new appreciation for racing, a jr team sweatshirt, a huge smile and a plead to dad to race next month...between you and me, i think (hope!) the bug has infected them

hayden ashley


owen wallace


02-11-2011, 05:07 PM
f*ck yeah Aa, congrats! way to keep things in perspective... as you clearly know- results are irrelevant at this point, consistent improvement is what matters. I must admit I'm a slight bit envious of your kids. My old man I think came to 1 of my regattas, ever in my life, and he decided to watch the full rig course (because Scheidt was sailing) and not me sail radials... LOL

cheers and sail safe this weekend,

IOR Geezer
02-11-2011, 08:02 PM
Nice work aA on both counts. A great feeling to see the next generation following in Dads footsteps.

02-11-2011, 08:39 PM
Looked like a great time for all....... Even one of my kids was out there. He's the big flag holder on the bow of the committee boat!

Do I see a schooner rigged Opti way over by the breakwater? For the bigger kids?


Ballard Sailor
02-14-2011, 12:56 PM
So I am pirating my husband's account . . . awesome pics and great write-up Kurt! Looking forward to seeing those kids on a Moore someday soon!

02-14-2011, 01:21 PM
So I am pirating my husband's account . . . awesome pics and great write-up Kurt! Looking forward to seeing those kids on a Moore someday soon!

roadmaster 2015 if not sooner!!!

02-14-2011, 01:30 PM
hay asked her coaches yesterday if they could sail "out into the bay"...the coaches gave the green light and off she went w/her 'girl power' group in their toro's to r14 (approach to the long wharf) and back. we had just started our class on race 5 when the beginner coaches pulled up, beaming with smiles and saying "your daughters are aggro!". and then after class, both the kids looked at me and said "did you buy our sailing note/log book yet? why not dad? we have lots of notes to write down!"

i hear this from them and their coaches, i look at the picture and see the way she holds her helm, and the way he hand over hands his main... and i find myself speechlessly smiling

06-12-2011, 08:43 AM
a little update...
the kids decided to do the 'bays' (bay area youth sailing) series which began last month in redwood city out of sequoia yc. pretty close to true home court for me, i told them and their teammates be ready for big breeze once the fog crests the hill and sure enough it did. the kids had a great time in the building breeze and learned where their comfort zone (or lack thereof) lay. hayden started and completed 1 race each day and owen charged it starting 3 races both days but only finishing 2 thanks to a ton of swimming.

as intimidating as the first venue was, the kids immediately asked where and when the next one was. so this weekend is being spent at the ryc for 'bays2'. yesterday on the opti courses we ran 5 races for green fleet and six for the championship fleet. shifty and on the lighter side, it was a challenging day for all the competitors and today promises more of the same. now for the shameless bragging about the kids...prior to race 4 hay and i have a little review on the importance of upwind speed and she goes out, nails the start, sails a great first beat to round in second carrying that all the way to two boat lengths of the finish and ending up with a 3rd. the smile on her face said it all and back on the dock her brother was the first to tell her congrats for sailing so well. he met his daily goal of being upright all day and sits 14th out of 17 with a goal of a top ten finish in a race today. hay sits in 8th overall (astounding to me) and says her goal is to move up to 5th today. i'm just excited to see them excited about sailing...

war dog
06-12-2011, 09:03 AM
aA.........And thats what it's all about!!

06-12-2011, 09:37 AM
...what he said...congrats!

06-16-2011, 06:10 PM
So your saying I better get a Moore of my own soon eh?

Awesome stuff Kurt. Great pics, looks like they have "the look".

Brings back memories of my first race. 1985 RYC midwinters. Rounded the weather mark and headed off to my own area, had to pee ya know.... get half way done and Loretta Maloney(who had just schooled all the boys) comes over and coaches me through the rest of the race. She did that after each race...

Just make sure they stay off the blue carpet upstairs....

07-18-2011, 09:38 AM
update -
stockton sailcamp was amazing for both of them. she sailed intermediates and even raced half of the jr north americans in silver fleet, he sailed beginners and ended up winning his class racing for the week with a 1,1,2,2,3,7,(16,7)...beginners get a drop after four.

then it was pack up and rush home fri night (day before camp closes) to make it to bays #3 where they both completed all ten races run and the little girl gets her first bullet ever with a solid first race on sunday. she ended up 7th and him 10th out of 17 for the weekend. their next sail (no race tho) is a week away...lake britton and then cascade locks!

war dog
07-18-2011, 10:03 AM
Good on them!!.............Dang your kids are loging more miles than me these days!

07-18-2011, 11:28 AM
they're definitely putting in some time wd. making sure to ask them every day if it's what THEY want too