Bryan was interested in buying an Opti.
Sailing out there was nice but we had to come back in and pack up. We came in and I fell right to sleep on the dock. Oops. I woke up to Mindi and others talking. I got up and helped with dishes. After that we all went swimming, it was awesome. After we were all out and dry we finished de-rigging boats and putting away things. We were waiting for the last drivers to arrive. When Carrie showed up she brought Krispy Kreams with her!!!! They was delicious. The best end to the best trip.
The challenge of comprehending the weightless power on the sail and the wind is simply amazing. It is not true to say I witness any unenjoyable second in my time of being there. Even leaving was enjoyable!
Feeling the rush of all the excitement of newly formed friends and the first throw of natural power is one of the most exciting emotions that is possible to experience. I wish I could spend every summer sailing with friends. And nothing but. I think the intensive to me felt short and a rush of fun!
This intensive to me tops all others I have done before because it had pretty much all the outdoor activities. Also the intensive pretty much takes place at my favorite place in the whole entire world which is Big Lake. In the future if the chance to take this intensive I absolutely would take it again. Overall this intensive is awesome.
I wrote this because I was told to, but I think now it is more than an assignment, a project. Now it is the wistful memories of my intensive, It is an attempt to scoop up a bit of the past and take a drink. Unfortunately, though, out of your hands, most of the past the past that you scooped up found holes, cracked in the cup, leaking, spilling out. I do not have a complete way to show you what this intensive was, for to do such a thing would be to send you off to it, but with out doing that, I have done my best. The following is the answers and then some to all of the questions that give my wandering dream, water color painting of an experience it's definition. If you just hop into Narrative right now, I will hopefully answer your questions about this wondrous, ever sunny place that I, and many others went to with everyone I would like to thank (i.e everyone) at the end.
My first time sailing I went on an opti with Callista. We felt better about capsizing after we practiced capsizing the day before but I was still nervous. Callista was standing up rocking the boat back and forth because we had no wind. I was steering us to a yellow buoy and back to the harbor. Then, Callista would take a turn steering us to the buoy and back. I'm glad there wasn't much wind when we first went sailing so we could just test the boat out.
Go sailing, this experience was so much fun, and requires way less energy thank hiking or snowboarding! so if your the kinda person who wants to get out but doesn't want to do anything to extreme this intensive is for you.
I took a lot of Outdoor intensives before,For example Hiking with Siri, Skiing and Snowboarding with Allie and Golfing with Dream. This was very similar In the way of getting out. I'm a person who doesn't usually hang out outdoors so it was hard having to be outside for elongated hours having to use a lot of energy. But different as in most of those intensives we come home after every day. In this intensive we camped (something I haven't done before) It was hard to adjust and when i got home I felt so relived. But If someone asked I ha'fta say I would do it all over again.
My experience with the intensive was really nice towards the end of it. At first I was unsure about it and slightly uncomfortable with being away from the city for so long, but after the first day I realized how much fun I was having. It was kind of challenging for me to sleep in the tent. I don't usually have a problem with it but our tent was set up on a slope which made it hard to sleep for me. I think the moment I enjoyed the least was the second camping trip that I was to sick to go on. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the capsizing drill, and it was probably my favorite moment of the intensive, the anticipation of waiting to get on the boat, then the shock of the water, it was a good introduction to sailing in general.
During this intensive, I have convinced myself that I want to go into the Navy or the Coast Guard(or if I can figure out how, the Merchant Marine), mostly to pay for college, but also because of this experience, and to lesser extent, to sail the seven seas, to put my mind at ease. I have a problem. Anyways, the olive oil in my blood needs saltwater, and the nerd in me needs science.(and money)
If this intensive happens again, I will be in it, and I will recommend it to others. If not because I enjoyed it, to get one of my friends hooked so I can get them to buy a boat to feed my addiction. Sailing is like sugar, in that it’s there one second, gone the next.
I'm on a boat!
When Bryan came to me with the idea of a Peer Taught sailing intensive, I was thrilled to get to work with Addy and Geoff Wright. I entered this intensive knowing less about the topic than any other intensive I have ever participated in. This caused me some worry and the advice I would give myself on the first day is to trust that everything will work out. It surely did.
This intensive was a incredible experience for me. Compared to other intensives I feel like this one gave us a lots of opportunities and very cool experiences. Unlike the skiing intensive this one taught me new things and let me try something new. The skiing intensive just let me do what I love which is great but I have lots opportunities to ski and I don't have that many to sail. This was an awesome intensive and I would definitely do it again.
My overall experience was really scary. I am not one for bravery and this did have it's times on water where I screamed too much, I think those times were also my favorite too! My least favorite times were when I didn't go out on the water, I didn't really push my boundaries a whole lot it was mostly Geoff or Bryan who had to convince(force) me to sail again, and I'm glad they did.
This intensive compared to others is extremely high up, having Addy teach us was way too cool because it was something that you were always busy with, and she is an amazing teacher! This has to be my favorite intensive I have taken so far, I think there's something that just gives you a lot of freedom and trust and we all worked together as a team the second week. From helping out with setting up lunch to making sure Calista wouldn't drift away when she had to rescue Becca's flip flops from the lake that we accidentally threw in, sorry, Becca.
Anyway, I avoided saying yes to scary experiences for a long time, and so I missed out on a lot of opportunities that were presented to me, but this was an intensive where I really had no choice but to say yes, again, and again, and again, and it was so freeing! Yes, I'll take the Ensign out, even though I have literally no idea how to sail. Yes, I'll capsize and re-right a Laser. Yes, I'll sail in this wind, despite my incredible inexperience. It was amazing, because the only risk was getting cold and wet, and it was worth it every time! These last two weeks were incredible, and I'd love to live them over again and again. I've learned so much and gained so much, and I'm so glad that I was able to have this experience.
The aspect of this intensive that I enjoyed the most was the opportunity to visit Big Lake, camp with the teachers and my peers and learn to sail. This was my first Big Lake experience and I was overwhelmed by the beauty that was discovered in this magical place. This was also my first experience with sailing, the aspect of this trip that I am the most proud of is learning to rig, de-rig and sail an Optimus.
I chose this intensive because it was REALLY out of my comfort zone, and I wanted to be able to say that I tried something new and adventurous.
Honestly this intensive doesn't even compare to the other ones I’ve done in the past. Sure the other ones were fun, but I always played it safe and chose a cooking intensive for example. I learned some valuable life skills but I did not really push myself. This was very far out of my comfort zone. I had so much fun! I'm so glad that we are fortunate enough to do these intensives. Pushing ourselves in a safe environment. I’m so glad that I got into this intensive!
I was not expecting much, just... sailing in particular. I didn't know how all the stuff Addie told us would apply in the water, but I thought I would learn as it went on. But when we finally sailed, it felt a lot more complicated and confusing.
As I said, my time sailing was fun and relaxing. Our class went to the Alaska Sailing Club at Big Lake to experience nature, and to, obviously, sail. It was not without difficulties however, as I am large, it was hard for me to navigate the boat. It was hard, but I could do it while enjoying the breeze and the wavy, blue, cold water. Although it is difficult to master, I think that sailing is a form of art and helps relax the mind, body, and soul.
Juice boxes would be nice but we have none
Ice caps stay far away on this hot summer day
Boi is my favorite way to start a roast
Emergency room might see me if this infection keeps up
A moment that challenged me on the water was one time when Ian and I were sailing in about 15 knot winds. We we just go back and forth, having fun going fast and having to lean over the edge of the boat to keep it balanced. I was challenged when we would tack to go back the other way. When we were turning around the boat would sometime get stuck in irons and not be able to move. The biggest challenge was when the sail got really messed up and tangled all around the mast. I knew as soon as I fixed the sail the boat would go shooting off and maybe flip. I manged to fix the sail and get out of irons.
These kids have spent two weeks living with each other. We had our ups and downs like any family would, but I have never seen a group of kids in a intensive get so close like we did. Friendships range in age. Some friends got even closer but we all made sure that we will have memories that will last a life time.
The advice I'd give myself on the first day of this intensive is just don't be nervous of getting out there and having fun. I had a tough time at the beginning of this intensive with talking to people or just letting go and having fun.
I have grown as a person these past weeks. I have found so type of like inner peace with my self. I know that sounds very hippie and fake but it's the truth. I found that calmness that I've been needing these past couple months. If it wasn't for this intensive I wouldn't have found that and be who I am right now whom is just happy.
The "Wright" person to teach sailing.
Although technically I was the one teaching the intensive, when looking back on the last two weeks, I realized that I learned a lot as well. I've helped teach several sailing classes in the past, but this was a very different experience for a couple reasons. Being the main instructor for the class was harder, but I also realized that I actually enjoy it more than just helping out. I've mostly only taught adults in the past and teaching teenagers was a different (and honestly more enjoyable) experience. I found that I really enjoy being able to spread knowledge and teach people about something. Another realization I had was that I know a lot more than I thought I did. I knew I was fairly knowledgeable about sailing, (otherwise I wouldn't have tried teaching a whole class!) but I realized that I'm actually much more competent that I even thought I was!