Treasure Island Sailing

Finn's First Solo

July 2010.   Ship Ahoy!  We are not surprised that Finn took to sailing like a fish to water.  The 10-day workshop at Treasure Island has been jam packed with solid instruction and helpful ‘life experiences’.  On Day #1, all sailors must demonstrate their ability to capsize their boat and right it again–by themselves.  Finn admits that the instructors taught them helpful techniques, but the task was still a bit daunting.  Usually, the kids were in teams, particularly on the larger vessels.  In addition to getting around, Finn learned all key parts of the boat and sails.  How to tie knots…a lesson well learned when on student failed to properly secure their boat and proceeded to remove the center board.  Before long, the boat began drifting out into the bay.  I think the instructors let the child hang out long enough to drill in the lesson before launching the rescue craft!

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