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Ending of Sailing

With me being gluten free, the house has not seen a homemade pizza in many moons. With some persuasion from the gluten free head of household, a mother and son team whomped up pineapple and portugese sausage pizza using fresh pineapple from the patch outside of the house.

pizza
Our home grown pineapples are a variety not exported and have a wildly sweet flavor with an undercurrent of pineapplishness. 
She tends to eat scrambled eggs and rice with her fingers, but fritters get cut with a knife and eaten with a fork. She thinks different and does different. She may be my Apple child.
With the sailing coach leaving island, and the owner of the dock having moved to another home, the children’s sailing club is going on indefinite hiatus. There is a farewell picnic scheduled, but these two have a swimming meet that day. So this is their last chance to skipper a sailing boat. Very appropo that a brother brings his sister to shore for a final time. 
As with all things, there are beginnings and endings. The beginning is filled with promise, hope, and anticipation. The ending is sad and bittersweet. The Saturday dock has been a lively place for over 18 months now and my children have made many new friends from a culture with whom they do not usually get a chance to interact. I too have come to know some on the dock and now recognize them around town. 
Pohnpei is this way – Taekwondo came and went. Activities come and then fade away again. Children of different cultural cliques gather for a while and then disperse yet again. Parents connect for a time, and then go about their own ways. And those who leave the island tend to disappear from our lives here. Sometimes we see an occasional social media image or post, maybe a rare email, but otherwise those who leave vanish into the wider world.
Maybe only the rock remains, watching as a sentinel as the one flight a day makes its final approach past Peipalap bringing in new sets of parents and children, takes away other sets of parents and children.

Early summer 13 activities

Summer opened with a swimming meet at the recently refurbished state, if not also national, swimming pool.

Swim meet
Warming up prior to the meet.
Practicing her race start
Swimming may be the ideal sport for the heat and humidity of Pohnpei. One can sit around pool side looking relaxed, fit, and tan, without winding up coated in sweat.
Pool side looking like southern California
Second from camera, my son gets a good start.
Swim race start
Looking good along the bay front at a wedding reception for a wedding that did not occur.
Looking good along the bay front
There exists a new generation that is born ready to throw a profile picture pose, fingers ever ready for a camera.
FaceBook profile ready generation
My children also gained a second mother in June, a coach who has raised and trained Olympians. My children have the best mothers.
Sweeter Daniel
Sailing continued, but often minus my two as Saturday activities knocked them out of sailing.
Kapinga sailors
Seen on the dock
Children in the corn may be found in Iowa, here children in the jungle.
Children in the jungle
Malem Move-Out day races on 08 June were a chance to test swimming-built muscles on dry land.
Akadon races
A tug-o-war.
tug-o-war
On the left is Fearless. She was the first to swing across the monkey bars via the rungs. And the fastest. Just as when she jumps into the deep blue sea, she has no fear. She simply commits and goes.
Fearless on the monkey bars
Playgrounds are fun, and children remind us to have fun in simple stretching and working of our muscles.
Poise and balance
In the Olympic day 5k I crossed the 4.9k line at 28:02, with an under 29 5k, 28:43 or thereabouts.
Olympic Day 5k
My son tired early, walked a portion, and came in at 42 minutes.

Pohnpei Sailing Club Picnic

On Saturday 20 April the Pohnpei sailing club went for a picnic sail.

Pohnpei sailing club picnic
Dr. Ishikawa packed in South Park special lunches for the sailors. Two members load the zodiac with the lunches. As always, the lessons and lunches were provided free of charge, in this case through the generosity of Dr. Ishikawa.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
My daughter rides along with a young skipper.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
A switch has Dr. Ishikawa providing one-on-one instruction to my daughter as they sail up Sokeh’s harbor.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
I paddled a one man kayak up the harbor. With no draft, I was free to cross the shallowest parts of the harbor and enjoy views such as the above. Hard to believe that the coast in front of me is one of the most densely populated coasts on Pohnpei. 
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
A tuna net boat with a helicopter atop.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
The Judibana called Las Vegas, NV, as its home port. Seriously. 
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
After arriving at Misko, Dr. Ishikawa produced a brand new football which led to a quick pick-up soccer match. The young sailor on the left showed knowledgeable dribbling form. I asked and she said that “Bob” had taught her to play.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
One of the young guns who is not skipper rated strayed too far from Misko. When the wind off the open Pacific caught his sail, his boat was driven mercilessy onto a coral berm across the lagoon. I paddled over to assist Dr. Ishikawa in his effort to retrieve the boat and sailor.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
Basketball with a football.
De plane! De plane!
United arrives from Kosrae.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
I was ferried back from Misko by my daughter. One hand on the main sheet, one on the tiller. Skipper class. I knew from too many years of watching Deadliest Catch that my job as a green horn was to take orders.
Eyes on the horizon, a superb captain.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
Boat dissassembly back at the dock.
Pohnpei sailing club picnic
Putting up the sails. 
The picnic was a great success and a wonderful journey. The young skippers and their mates had sailed to a destination and then brought their ships and crews home safely.

Pohnpei Sailing Club Update

The Pohnpei Sailing Club completed the New Years Cup races in January and has returned to the core task of training an ever growing cadre of young sailors. The club continues to use four Topper boats generously provided by Kiyoshi Umezu. Kazuo Ishikawa continues to handle the on the water instruction.

Two members work together to rig a boat
Two members work together to rig a boat
Learning to row a zodiac
Learning to row a zodiac
Kazuo Ishikawa
Kazuo Ishikawa
My daughter skippering
My daughter skippering
Setting sail
Setting sail
New found friends
New found friends

Pohnpei Sailing Club December update

The sailboat club has released a tentative calendar for December 2012 into February 2013. 
Date Time Coach Theme
01 Dec 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo Sailing exercise
08 Dec 1000 – 1200 Umezu, Kazuo Sailing exercise monthly race 5 races
08 Dec 1300 – 1500 South Park Christmas Party. $15 adult. Juniors free.
15 Dec No sailing
22 Dec No sailing
29 Dec No sailing
05 Jan No sailing
12 Jan 1200 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo New Year’s Cup
19 Jan 1200 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo New Year’s Cup
26 Jan 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo Sailing exercise
02 Feb 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
09 Feb No sailing
16 Feb 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
23 Feb 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Ichihara Monthly race 4 races

After a November hiatus, the Topper sailboats are back on the water. Sailing was delayed as repairs were made to the boats. The pulleys (blocks) that ride on the rope horse at the transom and connect to the mainsheet to the rope horse had been removed. The rope horses had been sliced and the blocks taken. A month of no sailing and the hulls must have appeared to be abandoned.

Cut rope horse on Topper sailboat
Coach Kazuo worked on a fix looping the mainsheet around the rope horse.
Repairing the cut rope horse on the Pohnpei Topper sailboats
After repairing the boats the crews sailed out and around a mangrove island up towards Danpei.
Topper sailboats on Sokehs lagoon
The lack of a block on the rope horse would generate problems on the second trip up to the mangrove island. Three Toppers would capsize, which is not a problem for the experienced young watermen and waterwomen of the club. The complication was that a boom gave way and one Topper had to be towed home. The Toppers have seen some hard use and a lack of readily available parts to maintain the fleet remains an issue.
Skipper and assistant on the water
Bringing the Topper back into dock after having been the only boat that did not capsize rounding the mangove island, his assistant as dry as she was when she left the dock.
Skipper brings the crew home dry

Pohnpei Sailing Club

An updated calendar provided today shows the club on hiatus until early December.

Pohnpei Sailing Club calendar
Pohnpei Sailing Club calendar

Covering the rules governing right of way, my son correctly identifies the circle as the magic circle.

Answering the magic circle question correctly
Answering the magic circle question correctly
Birthday girl with friends
Birthday girl with friends
Small boy at dock's edge, big dreams
Small boy at dock’s edge, big dreams
Birthday girl heads out onto the water
Birthday girl heads out onto the water
Outbound
Outbound

Pohnpei Sailing Club Calendar fall 2012

The tentative fall 2012 calendar has been set for the Pohnpei Sailing Club. The schedule is subject to revision.

Date Time Coach Theme
Sun 08/26/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo Sailing exercise
Sat 09/01/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Monthly race 4 races
Sat 09/08/12 No sailing
Sat 09/15/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Sailing exercise
Sat 09/22/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Sailing exercise
Sat 09/29/12 am: 09:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Cruising camp picnic to Misko
Sat 10/06/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Monthly race 4 races
Sat 10/13/12 No sailing
Sat 10/20/12 am:l0:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Cruising camp
Sat 10/27/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Monthly race 4 races
Sat 11/03/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
Sat 11/10/12 No sailing
Sat 11/17/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
Sat 11/24/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
Sat 12/01/12 pm:13:00-16:00 Kazuo, Umezu Monthly race 4 races
Sat 12/01/12 Evening Kazuo, Umezu First anniversary celebration
Sat 12/08/12 No sailing
Sat 12/15/12 No sailing
Sat 12/22/12 No sailing
Sat 12/29/12 No sailing
Sat 01/05/13 No sailing
Sat 01/12/13 No sailing
Sat 01/19/13 To Be Determined
Sailing
Sailing exercise
Saturday saw an unusual northwest wind fill the sails
Saturday saw an unusual northwest wind fill the sails

Pohnpei Sailing Club regatta finals and awards dinner

On Saturday August 4, 2012, the Pohnpei Sailing Club held the finals for the Pohnpei Cup Regatta. Two sets of preliminary races and a semi-final during the past month set up a four person final. Wind and weather conditions were ideal for the final races and the competition was spirited and friendly. Four final races were held with LP winning three of the four races and JL crossing the finish line first in the fourth and final race of the day. The finals were followed by an awards ceremony and regatta dinner at South Park Hotel. Based on points, the overall winner was LP who took home the first Pohnpei Cup. Taking second place was JL. Sailing her way into third place was CS. The awards ceremony included remarks from Club Chairman Andrew Lucky and Race Director Kazuo Ishikawa. The Pohnpei Sailing Club thanks all those who have assisted the club in this first Pohnpei Cup including Chief Lucky, Dr. Kiyoshi Umezu, Dr. Ishikawa, South Park Hotel, the skippers and their families for their support.

Race supporter gazes out on the course
Race supporter gazes out on the course
Dr. Kazuo Ishikawa gives race directions
Dr. Kazuo Ishikawa gives race directions

Four finalists heading out across the starting line

Four finalists heading out across the starting line
Swimming in from mid-course
Swimming in from mid-course. All of the club members are strong swimmers.

Living on an island I have always wanted my children to be strong swimmers. Seeing my daughter dive over board in the middle of the lagoon and swim all the way back to shore made me proud.

A skipper brings in her boat
A skipper brings in her boat
Ready for the regatta dinner
Ready for the regatta dinner
Lining up the awards
Lining up the awards

Dr. Ishikawa brought the awards in from Japan.

The top eight competitors
The top eight competitors

The top eight skippers.

First place
First place, second to his left

In first and second place.

Third place
Third place
Fifth place
Fifth place
Seventh place
Seventh place
Chief Andrew Lucky addresses the young skippers
Chief Andrew Lucky addresses the young skippers
Dining at South Park Hotel
Dining at South Park Hotel
My son gives a brief thanks
My son gives a brief thanks

 

Pohnpei Sailing Club summer 2012 regatta semi-finals

Pohnpei Sailing Club held the second day of preliminary races and the semi-finals on 28 July in Sokeh’s lagoon.

Preparing for the day's races
Preparing for the day’s races
Boats racing under sail on the water
Boats racing under sail on the water, second preliminary round
A racer in the preliminary round
A racer in the preliminary round ready to go out
Preliminary results
Preliminary results
Semi-final line up
Semi-final line up
Rain crosses the island
Rain crosses the island

Dr. Kazuo Ishikawa is indefatigable in his devotion to the sailing and to the youth of the local community. On this day he would spend six hours under the tropical sun and torrential rain as the race director. His boundless energy is inspirational.

Wind in their sails, a semi-final heat lines up
Wind in their sails, a semi-final heat lines up
South Park Hotel beyond the Topper sailing dinghies
South Park Hotel beyond the Topper sailing dinghies

The Topper sailing dinghies that the youth are sailing were provided by Dr. Umezu of South Park Hotel. Without his generosity the sailing lessons and regatta would not be possible. He was the first to have a dream of local youngsters sailing on their waters, and the only one who made that dream a reality.

Coming back in from a heat
Coming back in from a heat
Directions being given on the water
Directions being given on the water
Headed out across the starting line
Headed out across the starting line
Racing!
Racing!
Eyes down course, a young sailor heads upwind
Eyes down course, a young sailor heads upwin
Sailing into a place in the finals
Sailing into a place in the finals

With the semi-final heats completed, the fleet returned to port with tired and exhausted sailors.

Two sun and rain weary semi-finalists return to the dock
Two sun and rain weary semi-finalists return to the dock

Growing up

Summer brings a time to grow and learn new skills, a chance to shift from being a student to a teacher.

Changing tires
Changing tires

A three year has a chance to use a tire wrench for the first time. Too much Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam videos on the brain, the little guy really wants to fix and repair real things.

Lunch in a college cafeteria
Lunch in a college cafeteria

Summer is a chance to take on new roles in new places, to at least for a day pretend one is a college student with papers to type, research to be done.

Knot tying
Knot tying

There is still learning to be obtained. Bowline knots are a mainstay of sailing.

Tiller in hand, reaching for the mainsheet, headed out onto the water
Tiller in hand, reaching for the mainsheet, headed out onto the water

A chance to show one’s sailing instructor that one is qualified for the next step up, and to get some specific tutoring on weak skills.

Soloing
Soloing

A chance to solo out on the water. Students are first sent out with young instructors. As their skills improve, they go out with a more skilled observer who rides along. Then they get to solo, master of their own boat.

Broad reach, wind in the sail, speed over the water
Broad reach, wind in the sail, speed over the water

A young but skilled student on a beam reach returns to the dock at speed.

A young instructor comes back in
A young instructor comes back in

On his first stint in the instructor position, my son gets the chance to be the teacher.

Another instructor returns with student to port
Another instructor returns with student to port

Having passed muster with Dr. Ishikawa, a newly minted instructor, my daughter, returns with her student to the dock.

The Topper’s are a small boat, best suited to a single adult. Loaded with a youth and an adult, the boats are a tad heavy, turning the tiller requires more effort. The skipper has to adjust to the added weight. Dr. Ishikawa asked me to be dead weight, effectively a tourist, on a boat skippered by my son. Thus I went out onto the water in a sailboat for the first time, on a boat captained by my son. And a clueless tourist I was.

Fortunately my son was good about telling me where to sit, when to duck. I have no idea how to actually sail, I was completely in his hands. I only know that the captain is in charge and as a greenhorn my job is to be quiet and do whatever I am told. That was a special experience.

Under the shadow of the rock
Under the shadow of the rock
Future water polo star
Future water polo star

Not a polo ball, just a basketball. And there is the small matter of learning to swim. When the three run into the water they shout, “Let’s go drowning!” And by the end of the day they have significant amounts of lagoon water inside them.

Posing
Posing
Styling
Styling

After every picture, these three insist on seeing the product. They know the images go on social media and will be seen again and again. They are born ready to throw style. Facebook ready from birth.

Boys room
Boys room

Growing up and getting bigger in the islands.