Saturday, May 31, 2008

Coronado Optimist Sailing Club at Cochiti Lake

One crew takes off on a Laser.

High-school sailors rig and launch a boat on the Wednesday, after Memorial Day.

A J/24 speeds downwind toward the western shore.

Somebody's missing the boat!

The day after Memorial Day, 2008, 32 high-school students spent the day upstairs at the Coronado Grill in Bernalillo, New Mexico, to take a New Mexico Safe Boating Class. The class was taught by rangers Ben and Stephen from the NM State Parks; I also assisted with the class, which was sponsored by the Coronado Optimist Sailing Club. The club is recruiting potential sailing instructors and will provide training, probably later during July or August of 2008.

The next day, a group of young sailors took to the waters at Cochiti Lake, north of Albuquerque. I got to participate in some of the fun as breezy conditions made sailing a bit challenging. But, the young men and women enjoyed their outing, spending time on a J/24, Lasers, and in the water.


At 7:10 PM, June 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome entry!
Way to go!
I wish had seen the event!
Yours in Optimism,

At 7:20 PM, June 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh by the way: any chance you Optimists will feature another regatta this summer and write about it first here?
:) would be great:)

At 1:16 AM, June 07, 2008, Blogger Pat said...

Sailors know not always where the winds may blow or where their course may take them. But, I'm also Optimistic (Mark P. has signed me up as a Coronado Optimist) that Mark and Mark will be putting another sailing day together very soon.

Also, we're talking about having some of the young sailors come sail with us at Heron Lake during the 4th of July weekend before many of them go on to Montrose, Colorado, right after the 4th of July.

At 3:26 PM, June 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photos of Lochinvar approaching the finish line were nice to see. Sometines the tortoise wins especially if the hares cannot find the Start Finish line. Fortunately Lochinvar is in a different racing class and does not have a rocket engine like Black Magic!

Wind was a bit stronger and steadier on Sunday June 15th compared to Saturday June 16th afternoon.

Both were great sailing days.

Cat-22 8008


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