Happy Friday! I feel like this week just flew by! Like, one minute it was Monday and now it’s Friday all of a sudden. Today I’m doing a more personal post. I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so I felt like you could get to know me better. If it’s not clear already, I’m really big into sailing. It’s a huge part of my life, and I hope it becomes a big part of this blog as well (I mean, it’s in the “boat” part of Books, Boats, and Bows). I’ve been sailing since I was born, but I wanted you to know more about my sailing story.
The Early Years
I’ve been sailing on our family J/105, Strangelove, since I was 10 weeks old. It’s one of my favorite things on the planet, and I feel so lucky to have this boat in my life. Between sleeping down-below during my parent’s regattas to taking friends out for lunch and a sail, I have spent and continue to spend a lot of time on Strangelove. It’s always super fun to sail with my dad, which I am doing more and more lately. I also enjoy taking friends out on the boat and showing them the ~ropes~ (he he). I’ve always loved spending time at yacht clubs, and to this day they are one of the best environments to be in. My dad is a member of the St. Francis, and the yacht club has an island in the delta that we go to fairly often in the summer. It is the best thing ever! I had my birthday there last year and it was just about my favorite thing ever. (Technically, it was for my 12.5 birthday because I wanted to experience having a summer birthday, but….) I think sailing has its own part in my brain (totally joking, I know how the brain works, haha) because it’s so ingrained in my life. I really can’t imagine who I’d be without it.
I’m sailing optimists, which are about 8 feet long and two feet wide. The one-person boat is sailed in two very competitive fleets (groups). The first, Green, is what I’ve sailed in until now. It’s a lower level, and more beginner, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it’s fair share of protests (like self-referee court hearings) and 360s. Now though, I’m moving up to Champs, which is the more advanced fleet. There are more kids, better kids, and more drama. (And honestly, I’m horrified. 😱) The fleet is so big, it’s decided into red, white, and blue, by age. I absolutely love optis, and I’m feeling kinda sad that I’m going to have to leave them behind once I turn 15. They are the ideal learning boat because they are so widespread (especially in California and Florida) so the fleets are huge (we’re talking hundreds of boats) and they are super versatile and expansive. I’ve sailed optis for six years now, and I haven’t gotten bored yet! (I did take some time off in the middle, but that was for my younger-self’s lack of motivation…)
In the years to come, I really hope I can keep sailing. It’s such a big part of my life that losing the sport (and yup, it is a sport) would be like losing a part of me. I hope to raise my children alongside regattas and yacht clubs, and I want to grow old, still sailing. In the nearer future, I’m definitely going to sail for my future high school, Redwood, and I’m hoping to also sail 420s at the same time. I want to sail in college, for college (but not as a job or professionally), and continue long after that. I truly love the sport. I do want to be a member of a yacht club (if I can afford it) and I want to hold on tightly to the nautical side of my life.
What do you think? Do you have something that defines who you are? Something that’s a part of you and your family? Let me know in the comments below!