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So-Cal Optimist - SoCal Series #3 at CBYC

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Southern California Optimist  -SoCal Series #3 - CBYC 

Author: Nina 

We saw it all this past weekend: warm sunshine, blankets of fog, and moments of rain. The weather forecast was calling for one thing and as usual the other came in. I think one of the biggest challenges we face in racing is weather. We can tune our boats to a science. We can outfit ourselves with the most technical gear. We can practice, talk tactics and strategies. We can train over and over.. In the end we study the moments, apply our science and observe those around us while watching for those shifts and headers. 

The forecasts help us plan for one thing and here in Southern California we find ourselves crossing our? fingers hoping that it holds true. Once you get on the starting line you instantly connect to the moment. The planning and preparation is all for this moment.

In the end it becomes survival of the fittest. The winning formula is formed from whomever raced completely focused, while replaying the voices of their coach in their head, while working each puff at every single possible moment, staying focused and observant. Each of these second defines who we are as a sailor. It's more than just crossing your fingers and following your buddies around the buoys and hoping that you make it their first.  It's about applying your experiences from practice and races, listening to what your coach tells you, all while remembering to be completely open and observant of what is happening on your race course. As a young sailor you are trained by commitment and repetition. 

Parent dedication is a huge factor in youth sailing. We have parents that drive their kids 4 hours to practice on weekends. Others  like Caden's parents who are anchored for life to the sea. They are a family who made the decision to embrace this sport as their lifestyle and dedicate themselves to providing a healthy way of life that enriches them together as a family. We also see parents who are out on the race course hooting and hollering for our kids and do all they can to be there with cookies, to boost moral in between races,  in the pouring rain.

Opti sailing is more than a sport. We are challenging our children to compete on the biggest playing field on this planet. They are learning the importance of being prepared for anything at all times. There are huge life lessons to be learned from the sea. We are a family of sailors and we are here for you just like others were here for us when we were taking our first puffs in our sails. You are a part of a community that gives back constantly. Whether it's with advice, stories and tricks of the trades for you to pass on to those after you. It's how we keep this lifestyle alive it's how we keep it going. It's how we make our community bigger and better so we can get out on the water and race hard and feel the freedom of the wind in our sails. 

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Racer Interview with Caden Scheiblauer

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Racer Interview with Caden Scheiblauer,
11yrs. Old
Santa Barbara, CA
Opti Championship Fleet

Q & A with Nina Aviles

Q: How long have you been racing Opti's?
A: Ive been racing opti's for 1 year and 3 months

Q: What do you like the most about racing?
A: Knowing that your racing against some of the best kids in the world. I have a competitive spirit and love competition.

Q: What's your favorite brand in sailing gear and why?
A: That's a tough one. I would have to say Zhik and Harken. Zhik because they make quality gear that looks cool and Harken because they make quality stuff that doesn't break.

Q: What is your personal favorite piece of gear and why?
A: My JBlack Sail!

Q: Who's your mentor?
A: Jimmy Spithill and Russell Coutts

Q: Where is your favorite place to shop for sailing gear?
A: Sailing Pro Shop

Q: Do you know who Paul Larson is?
A: Ummmm...isn't he the guy that broke the sailing speed record?!

Q: How much time do you spend online browsing for sailing stuff?
A: Half my weekends. The other half Im working on my boat or watching America's Cup sailing.

Q: How many times a week do you practice? Whether it's on the water or thinking about different strategies and tactics.
A: 9 hours a week

Q: If you could sail on any boat what would it be?
A: AC72

Q: Do you mind sharing what's on your Christmas list?
A: Oh wow.. Well I have most of what I need and I know Im lucky to have more than most kids. hmmm .... I do like the new blue Gill sweater. I would also like a pair of SuperWarm Pants and maybe a drysuit.

Q: Can you share with us what it was like competing in the Midwinters in New Orleans? I know this was your 1st regatta with more than 200 boats. What was the starting line like?
A: It was amazing and intense. It was such a great opportunity. I learned that having a good start was important. I also learned how important it was to sail in clear air and have clean lanes. I also learned my limits of what I can do. I've learned that I can be right up there with the big guys.

Q: You did great today do you think it had a lot to do with your learning experience in New Orleans.
A: Yes

Q: If you could change something in the sailing world what would that be?
A: I'd like to make the opti class bigger on the west coast.

Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
A: I want to be an America's Cup sailor. I would tell my parents your the reason I'm sailing and thanks for supporting me.

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