Alameda, CAUSA 94502
March 29, 2009
A life long sailor, helping people find other people to go sailing with is my way of Paying It Forward.
I'm a life long sailor. My grandfather introduced me to sailing (and not falling overboard) at the tender age of 5. My first boat was a 8 ft El Toro. Captain of my own small ship, I enjoyed sailing with others. I now sail a LOT.
I'm not a boat, but I've sailed on a LOT of different boats. From 8 ft prams to large wooden gaff rigged schooners to the square rigged ship 'Lady Washington' to the (then) Olympic Catamarans. I love 'Popping the chute' on a J105. I'm on the RP 44 'Tai Kaui' team.
My boats are in storage - If I took them out of storage I'd be working on them (lovingly) rather than sailing with you. In life, some decisions are hard.
Oh yes!, I made the mistake of getting them later in life, but I now have US Sailing BK, BC, and BBC certifications, as well as Asymmetrical and Symmetrical Level 4 Spinnaker ratings with OCSC.
I'm old, so I don't move around quite like I used to. I'm crippled, with a bum left leg, but have overcome that disability and can move around on deck like a monkey. I only limp on land :)
"Ayala Sandbox is a blog I try to write (sailing too often to write much) It's subtitle: - Musings on the beauty that engulfs those who take to the water with but the wind and waves (and friends) to carry their souls to new heights."
Want to sail? All you have to do is join this group and attend one of our sailing events. No prior experience needed, just a willingness to step forward and show up.
Thanks John, I also enjoyed chatting with you. Being the last one out is not as bad as not making it out! You still have some life in those bones, keep sailing and walking. Thanks for hiking with our Wednesday group! Bill
Hi John, thought of you as we crossed the Richmond Bridge and saw sailboats on the bay - we were coming home from Point Reyes. I may come back for an Ohlone revisit this spring - would enjoy a cup of coffee with you if it can be arranged.
Hi John, Do you have anymore room on your boat to watch the races?
You seem like such a nice and genuine person. I wish your group was in my city!
Hey John, good to see you guys are still working on this project. I sent your post to a talented web designer named Jay, but not sure if the does group sites. I ended up going to GroupSpaces after dropping Grouply, but it burned me out so I stopped organizing. I might start up again this spring though. Just one thought, if you can eventually make this site very privacy friendly without all the insanity that's in facebook, I think it will sell. Good articles in this sundays NY Times on this.
I am looking forward to learning about sailing and to experience the adventure of sailing. I heard and read that sailing is exciting and relaxing. In the past, I?ve felt that my fear of not being able to swim discouraged me from any kind of water-related activities. Why try sailing now? I?ve been enriching my personal life as well as networking in the recent two years and hope to add sailing to my experience.
Thanks for the welcome, Eben before the banshee my heart belongs to the floating wooden water magnet of an El Torro my dad and I built.