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.
Summer opened with a swimming meet at the recently refurbished state, if not also national, swimming pool.
On Saturday 20 April the Pohnpei sailing club went for a picnic sail.
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.
|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.
An updated calendar provided today shows the club on hiatus until early December.
Covering the rules governing right of way, my son correctly identifies the circle as the magic circle.
The tentative fall 2012 calendar has been set for the Pohnpei Sailing Club. The schedule is subject to revision.
|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|
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.
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.
Dr. Ishikawa brought the awards in from Japan.
The top eight skippers.
In first and second place.
Pohnpei Sailing Club held the second day of preliminary races and the semi-finals on 28 July in Sokeh’s lagoon.
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.
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.
With the semi-final heats completed, the fleet returned to port with tired and exhausted sailors.
Summer brings a time to grow and learn new skills, a chance to shift from being a student to a teacher.
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.
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.
There is still learning to be obtained. Bowline knots are a mainstay of sailing.
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.
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.
A young but skilled student on a beam reach returns to the dock at speed.
On his first stint in the instructor position, my son gets the chance to be the teacher.
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.
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.
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.
Growing up and getting bigger in the islands.