Becalmed

28 April brought light showers and almost no breath of wind. Dr. Ishikawa shared the summer calendar for the Pohnpei Sailing Club. The summer will include the first Pohnpei Sailing Club cup.

Date Start End Coaches Theme
04/28/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John First grade examination
Rounding mark, start
05/05/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, John, Hideo, Yumi Rounding mark, start, basic sailing
05/12/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, John, Hideo, Yumi Rounding mark, start, basic sailing
05/19/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, John Third grade teaches other grades,
basic sailing
05/26/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Second grade examination,
Pohnpei cup application start-up
racing exercise, basic sailing
06/02/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, John, Hideo, Yumi Racing exercise, basic sailing
06/09/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, John, Hideo, Yumi Racing exercise, basic sailing
06/16/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, John Racing exercise
06/23/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Racing exercise
06/30/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Racing exercise
07/07/12 11:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Pohnpei cup sailing race
Primary one
07/14/12 11:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Pohnpei cup sailing race
Primary two
07/21/12 11:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Pohnpei cup sailing race
Semi-final
07/28/12 11:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Pohnpei cup sailing race
Final
08/04/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Undecidedness
08/11/12 13:00 16:00 Umezu, Kazuo, John Undecidedness

The participants in this first Topper competition will be the club’s youth members. The entry fee will be one dollar, and the Saturdays leading up to the race will include practice sessions.

Dr. Ishikawa supervises boat set-up
Dr. Ishikawa supervises boat set-up

Although the day was rainy with little to no wind, Dr. Ishikawa and Dr. Umezu were both on deck teaching and directing the student sailors.

Dr. Umezu observes JM working on a fitting
Dr. Umezu observes JM working on a fitting
Dr. Ishikawa goes over the racing schedule for the July cup
Dr. Ishikawa goes over the racing schedule for the July cup

In July the Pohnpei Sailing Club will hold its first race, the Pohnpei Sailing Club cup. The scoring will be a low point system. First place one point, second two, third three points. Not starting is one point, not finishing is one point, disqualification is four points.

Two youth members head out onto a becalmed lagoon
Two youth members head out onto a becalmed lagoon
Local children swim out along with the boats
Local children swim out along with the boats

Sailing in the lagoon means learning to navigate literally crowded waters. Children of all ages swim in the lagoon, swimming out beyond the anchored boats.

A brother takes his sister out onto the lagoon
A brother takes his sister out onto the lagoon
MLL turns the boat towards deeper waters
MLL turns the boat towards deeper waters
Peipalap looms in the mist beyond the boats
Peipalap looms in the mist beyond the boats
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