This Olympic hopeful , Paige Railey, started out as an opti sailor in Clearwater, Florida, which is one of the venues our kids sail at .... look at her now. She was recently written up in Cosmo Girl magazine ... such a cool inspiration for other young girls! It's amazing to think of what could be out there for any of these young sailors, and it's especially neat when it happens so close to home.
C. has moved out of the opti. She spent the last evening of summer heating and peeling the pretty flowers off her boat, the end to her 4 year run in an opti. She has moved up to a laser, which really is a different experience, the boat is bigger, faster, and heavier. C. has discovered that she enjoys coaching more than sailing right now so is helping the youngest and newest sailors learn the ropes. I'm not sure what her sailing future holds but I do know that sailing is in her blood, and is a sport she truly loves.
I. is the casual sailor. He's the kid off in left field somewhere watching the fish dance. He loves to sail but hates to race. We're working to change that somewhat ... to create a love for sailing and a love for improving his skills. His goal in life is to live in a boat, have a wife and one child, and be a scientist (one child because more than that wouldn't work on a boat with all the scientific stuff). I can see him taking off on his own boat to sail the oceans blue, with no set plan to guide him, but in hopes of making huge discoveries along the way.
We've been following this couple on their journey to sail continuously for 1000 days. Very cool to imagine doing what they're doing! Reid and Soanya have our best wishes for continued success.