The Tetons were breathtakingly beautiful and Yellowstone NP showcased Mother Nature in live-action color for a recent family wedding in Wyoming. Saturday we watched Emirates Team New Zealand race Luna Rosa from Skipper’s Gift. Also colorful and action packed.
The time seemed to fly by quickly between setting up chairs at 7:30 Saturday morning at Heart 6 Ranch and the first music from the string quartet at 10:30. I can’t say our hearts were racing but I will admit to working up a deadline-driven sweat before the wedding. The Tetons delivered a view unlike any other wedding we’ve attended.
A week later we were watching the pre-start action between Aotearoa and Prada – the most strategically significant part of Saturday’s match race. Seeing two foiling AC72’s was the most exciting part of the day.
Maneuvers were a highlight. Synchronizing the efforts of all eleven crew has to be one of the most demanding aspects of racing these boats. Watching the Emirates Team New Zealand boat round the leeward gate put a new perspective on dropping the chute on our J/24. Thanks to my friend Youssef Ismail for this shot taken as we passed south of Alcatraz.
Back home I watched “Training to Win”, the second episode in the Red Bull series “Inside the Americas Cup: No Second Place” and was impressed by the focus on decision making under great stress and elevated heart rate. Especially the scene where crew members were stopped in the middle of their grinding and running exercises to solve mind puzzles.
The America’s Cup presence here in the Bay provides exciting, even heart-throbbing, action whether you race sailboats, enjoy sailing, or have spent little time on the water. We’re fortunate to be able to watch live from the bay, on land, via TV and over the internet.
TISC doesn’t claim to train our kids for sailing in the Americas Cup (well, not yet anyway!). We do use sailing as a platform to teach goal setting, communications, teamwork and self-confidence to help them be successful now and later in life. We hope to peak kids’ interest in racing and we provide opportunities for racing individually and teamed with others.
Regards from On the Cove, Dave G
In the wake:
Manufacturing and repair technology has progressed rapidly over the last decade, even few years. We’ll be hosting a hands-on materials technology clinic here at TISC mid-August on a week night to be announced. If you’re interested in learning more about the current state of technology of epoxy resin, gelcoat and carbon fiber materials used to manufacture and repair sailboats and sailing gear let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will send additional details when available. Registration will be limited, with TISC tenants receiving first priority with advanced registration. A great opportunity to learn current best practices for working with epoxy-based materials.