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We just finished our first junior sailing class of the year in West Maui.  Seabury Academy's middle school takes a one week break and the kids get to go off and learn something outside of the classroom.  This is the fifth year they've had a group interested in learning to sail.



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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Most Republicans are against contraception because you can't get pregnant from anal sex. ---Chelsea Handler

    by hobie1616 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:56:09 AM PST

  •  Looks Like a Great Time. (6+ / 0-)

    I remember pretty smooth seas and light winds off Lahaina, until you got out from the wind shadow.  Then it got a lot more fun.

    Is that Lahaina in the background?

  •  Spent Some Wonderful Times in Jr. Sailing in (6+ / 0-)

    my youth on Lake Erie.

    Obviously not at THIS time of year! College racing though ran from around St. Patrick's Day through Thanksgiving; most of the time we were bundled up.

    Great shots.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 12:04:37 PM PST

  •  Yowza. (4+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Munchkn, WakeUpNeo, Tod

    "Pull the tiller to you!"

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:47:12 PM PST

  •  I just started learning to sail last summer when (4+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Munchkn, WakeUpNeo, Tod

    a buddy of mine (who wouldn't be caught dead on this site) brought a boat from Utah.  We sail it on a local lake (no nearby oceans!) and I've finally been able to cross off my oldest bucket-list item!

    -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

    What is the sound of one hand clapping? Just listen!

    There are no luggage racks on hearses.

    by 84thProblem on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 03:49:02 PM PST

  •  Those kids are having fun! (2+ / 0-)
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    WakeUpNeo, Tod

    Well, at least I hope they're having fun sailing those Optimists.

    We've got several lakes around that are good for sailing.  I just need to get myself a dinghy and maybe interest my husband in sailing.

  •  Ready about! (1+ / 0-)
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    Tod

    Hard a'lee!

    Great photos, thank you.

    Jealous, sitting here in 20 degrees with snow on the ground.

  •  Teaching Kids Adult Athletic Activities (0+ / 0-)

    Good for you guys.  I wish I had learned to sail at your age.  I'd have probably made my trip around the world which I'll never do now, in part because I didn't grow up around boats.  

    I understand the theory behind kids participating in team sports but not too long ago I was thinking about my friends' grandchildren and came to the conclusion that they are being short changed.  Soccer is fine but it isn't enough.   It seems to me that team sports peak out in high school and after that adults go on to other things.  I live in the great NW and we live to be outdoors here.  Adults hike and sail and kayak and bike and camp and yes hunt and fish and all do sorts of other outdoor activities.  Most don't play team sports.   It rains so much that it seems everybody turns out for good weather.  Of course there are adult park league sports but that at least seems to me to be a small sub-set of what adults do for recreation.  

    If I had kids or grand kids to teach I'd make sure that they learned at least one water sport such as sailing and or kayaking--in addition to swimming because if you live around water that should be a given-- and a land sport like hiking, climbing or skiing or something that will follow will follow them for the rest of their life.

    I didn't learn to sail until my 40s and although I can make the boat go forward it's a major handicap that I didn't learn when I was a kid.  Same with the other "adult" sports.  Sure you can pick-up skiing and all the rest as an adult but chances are you will never be as good as if you started young.  

    So "teach your children well."  Let them learn something besides soccer, basketball, baseball etc.  Have them learn activities that they will be doing in their 60s, 70,s and 80's if they keep their health.    

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 12:48:23 AM PST

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