Regatta at ABYC/My Best One Yet

Hello Everyone! I am very excited to say that my regatta at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) was my best regatta! You must read the post to find out what place I got, or you could just scroll down.

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Anyway, we started off by driving there which took about 45 minutes. When we arrived, I went inside and explored the yacht club. It was pretty big. I talked to my friends, and finally, my coaches, Anthony and Katherine, came with our Teras. We rigged them partly and then went to the skippers meeting. My other coach, Captain Rod, showed me the courses and gave me a chart.

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After the skipper’s meeting, I finished rigging my boat and went up to the yacht club to eat. When I came down, the shackle from my boat was gone! I had also heard that a boom, sister hook, block and mainsheet were lost. Berkley, the RS Tera director of California, drove all the way to Newport to buy replacements. Anyway, Captain Rod tied the boom vang to the mast with a rope because the shackle was missing. Then, I launched. Captain Rod knows a lot of tricks to rig/de-rig and fix sailboats.

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I’m in the Tera farther ahead.

Did I forget to mention there were 8 racers? Yes, I did. Anyway, we started the 1st race. I got 5th….WAAAAAAA! I guess I should’ve practiced a race while I had the time. The next race I did much, much better. I got second! YAY! Now I’m going to tell you why I can never get first. There is this girl named Emily. SHE GETS FIRST EVERY SINGLE RACE! SHE IS SAVAGE. Luckily she’s moving to Optimists in the fall. Anyway, something AWESOME about that race is I was beating her for 90% of the race. I’ve never seen that happen.

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Just finished a race.

Back to the race. In the next one, I got second and was on Emily’s tail! Yay me 🙂 ! Then, it was break time. I ate my lunch of a sandwich and chips. I also filled up my water. Okay nobody cares I get it. After that, we hopped back into our boats and did 2 more races. I got 2nd again. *Everyone Claps* And in the last race, I got 4th 😦 . WAAAAAAAAAA

 

So after that everybody sailed in and de-rigged. Then, we went to the results. I saw my result posted up already, and I was super duper excited. Finally, it was time. They announced a bunch of different things before they did the Tera results 😦 . “And second place goes to Kate!” they said. I ran up and received my award. Now one thing I have to say.

I did get first at a regatta in a lake a few weeks ago, but at ABYC there were very good sailors, and at the lake, they were easy to beat.

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After that, I ate a burger and 2 cookies. I got 3, but my mom stole one of my cookies. 😦 Really, Mom?

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Getting my SECOND place towel.

I had an amazing day! ❤ 🙂

New England Trip: Herreshoff Museum

On day 2, we went to the Herreshoff (Pronounced Her-Zoff) Museum. The Herreshoff brothers were yacht builders for many boats in the America’s Cup races. It had many sailboats. We started off with a little history. John Herreshoff, who was the mastermind behind all of it, was blind. His brother helped him.

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After that, we went into 3 sailboats! They were super cool. I think I liked the first one the most. It was still furnished and the biggest. I still loved the other two, though.

 

 

After that, we explored a little and watched a movie about the Herreshoff’s company. When we watched it, I understood more about what our tour guide was talking about.

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After the tour, we went to our grandparents’ house and ate burgers, hotdogs, and sausages.

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It was a super fun day!

More New England Post(s):

New England Trip: Travel Days

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New England Trip: Travel Days

I just got back from my trip to New England. Here are my two travels days!

Day 1 (6/19/18):

We woke up at 2:44 in the morning! It was bad. We were in bed for about 15 minutes and then ate breakfast. We left our house at 3:30 and drove to LAX! We arrived around 4:20 AM. After that, we checked in our bags and went through security. I was very tired. We finally took off. When we reached Baltimore, we couldn’t land because of the weather. We didn’t have enough fuel to keep circling so we went to the Pittsburgh airport to get some. We were there for about an hour! Finally, we made it to Baltimore, and what was a 3-hour layover turned into a 45 minute one! We caught our flight and finally made it to Providence. YAY!

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Day 8 (6/27/18):

Now it’s our last day. The day you feel happy and sad. You’re sad to not be on vacation but happy to get home. So, we boarded at 4:25 PM EST, and got to Baltimore around 6:00 PM CST. We arrived in LA at about 9:00 PM PST. We were so tired and didn’t get back to our house until MIDNIGHT! WHAAAAA!!!!

Make sure to stay tuned for more New England Posts!