Helpful Neighbors, Buena Vista Horrace Mann Smiles

Shortening four Moore24 braces took minutes not hours thanks to a helpful neighbor. Eating a P&J on the dock with Buena Vista Horrace Mann students wasn’t exactly quiet however creating kids’ smiles on Clipper Cove is what its all about.

trailer braceThanks to Karl Robrock’s generosity we’re converting a Moore24 trailer to a J/24 trailer.  Wednesday we realized the existing upside-down trailer jack inserts were too long.  Hacking through four 2″ steel pipes by hand is not impossible, just a real time-killer.  With the help of a friendly helpful neighbor with the right tools the job was completed in 15 minutes!trailer braces modified

Earlier, sixteen kids and three advisers from Buena Vista Horace Mann School had arrived just in time to greet the mild mid-morning breeze.  Off they went on three J/24s to experience Alameda views from under the new Bay Bridge and a short sail out on the bay.

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They were just returning to the dock for lunch as the newly shortened braces dropped into their posts.

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Buena Vista Horace Mann School is a K–8th grade elementary school near the location many believe to be the cultural, commercial and transit heart of the Mission District. It’s a recently formed two-way Immersion school, the product of two schools with rich histories.

Buena Vista has the proud distinction of being San Francisco Unified School District’s first Two-Way Spanish Immersion School and the second oldest one in California. Horace Mann is the oldest middle school in San Francisco, named after the educational reformer, who is remembered for arguing that children from all social classes should share a common education. Parent involvement is high at BVHM.

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After lunch the kids shoved off for a short sail in Clipper Cove.  BVHM-On Clipper Cove

Then back for a picture before returning to BVHM.

Buena Vista-Horrace Mann Sailors

Like Treasure Island Sailing Center, Buena Vista Horace Mann aims to prepare kids for what lies ahead.  Their focus is on a strong education in both Spanish and English in preparation for high school.  Ours is to use sailing as a platform to teach the importance of goal setting, communications, teamwork and leadership as a launching point for new horizons.

Regards from on The Cove, Dave G

In the wake:

We live near Horrace Mann School in San Jose.  Jane and I have volunteered there and we attend Sunday services in the cafetorium as our Church construction wraps up.  Horrace was from Massachusetts, an early educator and key driver behind “normal schools” for teaching teachers.  His brother-in-law was Nathaniel Hawthorne, another connection to our roots in Massachusetts.