#What should sailors call me?
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Anonymous asked: Heylo! I just joined my high school sailing team and I am so excited! I've been in optis up until now so I have little 420 experience. Could anyone give me advice for crewing? Will I be able to pick it up easily after sailing in optis? (Also: Allison- You said you instructed in Weekapaug? I'm going to the .... (can't think of the name right now) Regatta at Weekapaug YC this summer. Will I see you?) Thanks, people!

OMG HI! crewing after optis is actually I think better than starting off at the helm after optis. since you’ve just been sailing a boat with one sail, you are really starting to understand how the sail shape/everything has an impact on the boat’s direction and speed. to be a good crew you have to be very attentive to weight distribution because it is your job as the crew to keep the boat flat at all times, and that includes on light wind days going into parts of the boat that look like you can’t even fit into. you also should be in good shape to be able to maneuver through the boat easily and gracefully, again, all about the weight distribution. hopefully you’ll be able to have someone who’s decent at the kite show you how to fly it properly and well, it’s more of a hands on learning experience. if you’re ever in weekapaug/watch hill definitely let me know! -allie

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Anonymous asked: where is RI does allison coach

Weekapaug!

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trapezingandcapsizes asked: Oh my god ive started a trend

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oh god what have i done

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Anonymous asked: Hey guys! I have a question for you. I'm a sailor and a sailing coach from Europe. I have a shy dream to move US and become a sailor coach in there. That might sound ridiculous, but who cares..:D I have sailed opti, europe, 29er, melges 24 and many different kind of keelboats. Past 4 summer i have been a head coach here. I also study sports and after 9 months i will gratuate and become a prof coach. So what you think. Is that a stupid dream? Can you help me where to start? Cheers!

not at all! that is not stupid what so ever! it is really something that you are passionate about who cares what everybody thinks. i live in new york and for the past 4 or 5 years some if not all of my sailing instructors were from ireland and they come to the states for the summer and go back when sailing is over. now how they get the job i always wondered, i have always been told that one yacht club in ireland we have a connection with and all their sailors come over to teach, but other than that i would have no idea where to start.i would imagine just calling up yacht clubs and seeing if they are hiring. I really wish you make it here! tell us how it goes

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Anonymous asked: what do i do if a sailor who's better than me is bullying my friend... neither my friend nor i are that good, and where i sail the skilled people have all the power. the coaches won't do a thing even when the bullies get racist/sexist/etc and i don't have much power over anyone (except maybe my crew). and i'm scared that if i speak up i'll become their next target.

i would normally say just take a knife a put a hole in their sail. but no this is serious

bullying is a serious matter and especially to me. whether its small or big bullying is not okay. if your coaches don’t say anything and your friend has tried to tell them to stop and they still don’t list, go higher up. I’ve done it before. I’ve had to tell my parents, the board and even the director.

you also say that you don’t want to speak out, when you get older even the bullies get a little more mature, and sometimes they don’t even know they are bullying… ive gone up to one of my friends and said hey can you take it easy with the jokes towards me. and he said “absolutely i didn’t know i was offending you” some people joke around and don’t even know they bully people. I’ve done that before where i just joke around with all of my close friends and they ask if i didn’t joke around and it ended right there. i didn’t know they were feeling offended i just thought everyone was joking around. but if they know they are offending people and continue, then you have to do something 

a lot of people don’t report it because they feel nothing will happen, me being a coach myself if i saw anything like that, which i have, i report it to the director and i can honestly tell you it never happened again. you’re not alone many people deal with this without speaking out. so if  they don’t listen go higher up, there is a difference in reporting and telling on people

if you have any more questions about this feel free, i would like to know how this works out.

-james