麻豆放映免费

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

麻豆放映免费

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

麻豆放映免费

Official Student Newspaper of Henry M. Gunn High School

麻豆放映免费

Sailing team navigates in passion, finds success

Sailing+team+navigates+in+passion%2C+finds+success
Sarah Xie

Sailing as an international sport was first introduced to the world at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. Since then, it has steadily gained popularity and interest, with over 250 million viewers globally watching sailing events during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Although the sport has gradually gathered traction within college and high school athletics, it has only reached a handful of students at Gunn.

One of these sailors is junior Bosco Zhang, who is in the Penninsula Youth Sailing Foundation. Zhang was introduced to the world of sailing by a family friend, who was his first coach. After coming to the United States, he joined a sailing team in order to improve and meet new people.

鈥淚 have been sailing for 8 years,鈥 he said. 鈥淢y mother鈥檚 friend was a former world champion, and he asked me if I was interested in sailing during a summer vacation. I wanted to try it, and I liked it. The reason why I joined (the sailing team) is that I want to continue to improve my skills.鈥

鈥淲hen you鈥檙e on the water, you cannot just quit. It鈥檚 just like life. When you make a mistake, you need to rethink and learn from it.鈥

— Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation coach Juan Pablo Del Solar Goldsmith

PYSF coach Juan Pablo Del Solar Goldsmith, who coaches Gunn鈥檚 team, also began sailing at a young age, and through his commitment and perseverance was able to compete at international competitions.

鈥淚 have sailed since I was six years old, I lived right around the sea,鈥 he said. 鈥淪o as a young kid, I started sailing, I competed at the World Championships and I went to the Olympics three times as a coach. I鈥檓 very competitive in any sport.鈥

According to senior Gunn sailor Naomi Lowenthal, the unique appeal of sailing and what makes it different from other sports can be summarized in a quote by sailing coach Dave Perry, a five-time national match racing champion.

鈥淚 think Dave Perry said it best: 鈥楽ailing is the most complex sport in the world (because) it requires split-second decisions based on a variety of strategic and tactical considerations.To execute successfully, you need to gather the right information, evaluate your options, and communicate clearly,鈥欌 Lowenthal said. 鈥(Sailing) also teaches you how to control what you can in unpredictable situations. We can鈥檛 control the weather, but we can learn to adapt
to (it).鈥

Goldsmith believes that more high schoolers should consider sailing as a sport due to the important values and qualities it can develop in the athlete.

鈥淚f you were on a soccer field or a rugby field, quitting is very easy, where you just walk out and you鈥檙e out,鈥 he said. 鈥淲hen you鈥檙e on the water, you cannot just quit. It鈥檚 just like life. When you make a mistake, you need to rethink and learn from it. And just by doing (sailing), it kind of teaches you that right away.鈥

Zhang believes that the allure of sailing comes not from the learning, but from the excitement and enjoyment it brings.

鈥(Sailing) is the one (sport) that allows me to relax and just focus on doing this one thing,鈥 he said. 鈥淎nd it doesn鈥檛 have the constraints of the venue. I can go anywhere I want. It鈥檚 more free, and I just like the feeling of not being bound.鈥

Like Zhang, Goldsmith finds that sailing gives him a sense of liberation that could not be otherwise obtained.

鈥淲hen you鈥檙e sailing, it鈥檚 like living twice,” he said. “I enjoy being in the water and competing against others.鈥

While sailing is still mostly unexplored at Gunn, to the students it does reach, sailing is a large portion of their lives. From reducing stress to teaching life lessons, sailing offers a unique experience that extends beyond the confines of traditional sports. It fosters a sense of freedom and strategic thinking that resonates deeply with those who partake in it.

Leave a Comment
Donate to 麻豆放映免费
$550
$1000
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Henry M. Gunn High School. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

Navigate Left
Navigate Right
About the Contributors
Roy Lao
Roy Lao, Reporter
Sophomore Roy Lao is a reporter for 麻豆放映免费. If not at school or at diving practice, he's speedrunning homework or talking with friends.
Sarah Xie
Sarah Xie, Graphics Freelancer
Sophomore Sarah Xie is a graphics freelancer for 麻豆放映免费. She enjoys stalking her cat, cooking and baking sourdough bread.
Donate to 麻豆放映免费
$550
$1000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All 麻豆放映免费 Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *