Friday, July 02, 2010

Youth Sailing at Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

Two J/24 sloops enjoy moderate breezes at Cochiti Lake. Cochiti Lake is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers on Cochiti Pueblo tribal lands. The lake is approximately 30 miles from Santa Fe, NM, a similar distance from Bernalillo, NM, and about 50 miles from Albuquerque.

Laser no. 40 on Cochiti Lake. The Laser is a small racing dinghy, 13' 10" length overall. Here it is shown in the upright position.

J/24s and Lasers at Cochiti Lake, Thursday, July 1, 2010. The boats were being sailed by high school naval cadets attending high schools in the Albuquerque area. An adult coach was on each J/24.

Mixed boats afloat on Cochiti Lake

Laser no. 15 and crew head for the beach

J/24 no 40.

Two J/24 sloops return toward the launch site.

At the end of the day's sailing, three J/24 sloops are attached to the pontoon, awaiting haulout. (Cochiti Lake does not have a marina or place inside the park where noncampers' boats can be left overnight.)


At 3:10 AM, July 02, 2010, Blogger Pat said...

Programming note: This blog is only about a week away from receiving visitor number 50 000. This month also marks the fifth anniversary of the blog. I'm not sure what a five-year-old blog translates to in human years, though.

At 1:53 PM, July 02, 2010, Blogger Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

The insignia on the Laser sails is not what I remember????

At 2:08 PM, July 02, 2010, Blogger Tillerman said...

Well spotted Doc. That sail does indeed not have the Laser sail insignia in the normal position (or at all.) It is therefore not a legal Laser.

The boat is also being sailed by a definitely not normal two-headed four-armed four-legged sailor. However this is quite legal under Laser class rules.

At 9:52 PM, July 02, 2010, Blogger Carol Anne said...

I believe these Lasers originally came from the US Naval Academy, so they may have had special milspec adaptations.


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