Grit, humility and self-reliance

Gavin Muller gave a great insight in his post yesterday about why kids should learn to sail their own boat. I completely agree with him but would like to add to it the other lessons it teaches – grit, humility and self-reliance.

I am forever awed by the baby duck in the back of the race that comes across the finish line far after the rest of the fleet. They are usually dripping wet, cheeks streaked with silent tears and fingers fumbling with the mainsheet and tiller. They are only 8 or 9 but have assumed a huge responsibility when they left shore alone and they know it. But it’s when I see that set jaw and determined gaze that it always gets me.

These are the baby ducks that struggle to make it back to the starting line in time to do it all again – another hour long race alone in their boat. When I see them go past the second and third time is when I realize that I have just met a freshly minted sailor and a kid that won’t be broken on or off the water.

No kid starts at the front of the fleet and many may never get there but it’s their time in the back of the fleet that makes them a sailor – the rest is just icing.

Kara Ivancich – Facebook 20 March 2021

MAC, Zeekoevlei or George Lakes?


Good evening from the WC Optimist Committee.

We are busy planning the WC Champs 24-27 of April. We are gridlocked regarding the venue. Therefore we request your vote. We have to decide if we want an away regatta or host it here in Cape Town. George Lakes Yacht Club is the away option and are happy to host us. ZVYC and MAC have both offered to host the “home” regatta. Each registered Oppi SA member has one vote. Voting closes Monday, 15.02.2021 at 23.59.

So please reply with either GLYC for the away venue or MAC or ZVYC for the home venue.

Again: you need to be a registered member of the Optimist Class in order to vote. If you have not registered with the class we will post a link on this group.

Yours in sailing

Lars Kessel
Chairman WCOA

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