Seeing smiles of excitement on TISC kids faces hurtling across SF Bay on a trampoline skimming over the waves at 30 knots – no surprise. Driving 105’ world-class trimaran speedster Lending Club 2 – an even bigger thrill for them.
Our June 12th Friday fun adventure at Treasure Island Sailing Center came courtesy of the Lending Club2 sailing team. Their launch docked at 12:45 and a dozen Opti and FJ sailors were off on their afternoon adventure. The transit from Clipper Cove to Pier 27 was the fastest these TISC campers ever experience – by far. The adventure was repeated for a second group later in the afternoon.
What they thought was a cool ride (“I’ve never been on a boat this fast”) was just a warm-up. After transferring to LC2 and listening to the safety talk the fun really began.
First thrill – seeing water just a few feet below going by very, very fast.
Once our young sailors figured out port & starboard netting was like a trampoline, smiles emerged and energy burn commenced. Non-stop running, bouncing and jumping between mid-boom and foredeck soon became comfortable and energizing.
Even the Golden Gate Bridge got into the trampoline action.
There’s more! Once Captain Ryan offered up the helm to all interested, attention immediately shifted to the dual wheels as the kids lined up for their chance to steer. The thrills just kept building (along with respect for Mother Nature’s cool windy breath and the many wonders offered up by San Francisco Bay).
By the way, that’s not a tide-line in the background. It’s 30 knots of wake being left behind faster than you can imagine.Playful, bouncing giggling kids suddenly became thoughtful watchful kids. With smiles.
Fun Friday often features sails around Treasure Island, perhaps to Angel Island. On this Friday, landscapes seen in the distance zoomed closer and closer – in no time at all. Incredible how fast you can cross SF Bay cranking at 30+ knots.
Alcatraz. Golden Gate Bridge. Belvedere. St. Francis and Golden Gate Yacht Clubs. Oh so close.
TISC’s mission is to create opportunities for the Bay Area community to learn and grow through sailing. We use sailing as a platform to teach life lessons to underserved youth with a focus on self-esteem and respect for the Bay.
Aboard Lending Club 2 our kids saw these life lessons for real. They saw the LC2 team communicating, working together. Goal setting and leadership all had their obvious place on the boat.
Self-esteem? I think mentioning that you just finished driving a 105’ trimaran on SF Bay qualifies. Overheard as the kids departed: “Wow I never expected to be jumping on a trampoline in the middle of San Francisco Bay”. For sure LC2 crew can add a check-mark next to “help create respect and love for Mother Nature.”
Many thanks to the Lending Club team for reaching out to TISC and to the Crew of Lending Club 2 for a not-to-be forgotten adventure.
Regards from Aboard Lending Club 2, just around the corner from Clipper Cove,
In the wake:
Twenty five smiling kids (plus 3 fortunate chaperones), SF Bay, Mother Nature and the star of the day – Lending Club 2 – served up many more photos than can be included in a blog.
You can see additional TISC Week 2 Fun Friday photos from LC2 on our Facebook page HERE or download hi-res versions here: bit.ly/LC2-TISC