Monday, April 16, 2007

Hello from California

Dear Alaska Sailing Club friends,

I finally figured out how to sign on to the blog! It took coming all the way to Silicon Valley for some of the know-how to rub off, I guess.

Anyway, a few of you may remember I took the club's beginning sailing two summers ago with Cathy and Geoff, and sailed a few times, mostly in a little laser. Then I got a chance to go to school at Stanford for a year, and immediately signed up for sailing in the fall, which turned out to be windless. We went out anyway and sculled around for some action. Didn't learn a whole lot.

No sailing was offered in winter. But now that spring quarter is here, I have signed up for beginning racing. Last Wednesday, we had our first day out and the wind was whipping!

My sailing buddy, Doug from Seattle, and I turtled our FJ three times! So did everyone else in beginning racing.

An auspicious beginning. But I'll say this, the more wet I get, the more I learn.

I should be back in Alaska in July and will pay up my dues and get out for a few sails. I hope you all are well. I have been planning to get some shots of the boathouse here, and of some sails. Still working on all that...somehow it seems unwise to bring a camera out on the water just yet! Perhaps the instructor might let me tool around in the launch a time or two for some on-the-water shots.

In the meantime, I grabbed a few thumbnails from the sailing Web site to share. The big building is the boat house. We started off in 420s in the fall, and moved into the FJs for the spring.

Happy sailing!/ Kathleen McCoy


Cat Sailor Paul said...

Way to go! You'll be serious competition when you return to the placid waters of Big Lake.

How many racers in your class?

Kathleen McCoy said...

Hi Paul! Thanks for reading my post. There are 8 boats, 2 sailors per boat. We are actually being taught by the head coach of stanford's racing team, a big strapping guy, and his tiny assistant couch, a 20-something, tiny woman. I will post again, a little update on today's class. It's fun to connect with the ASC