Racer Interview with Caden Scheiblauer

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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