2014 Orange Bowl

Dear Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation,

Thank you very much for the generous grant, which allowed me to travel to Miami, Florida to compete in the 2014 Orange Bowl!

The regatta proved extremely difficult due to extremely light winds and only two days of racing. Both on and off the water, staying hydrated and in a steady mindset was crucial to be successful for whenever enough breeze would sneak up to start a race.

Throughout the event I learned a ton. Being a rookie to the laser fleet I was able to pick up on many key aspects of sailing that are less represented in other boats.

As the school year progresses I am working hard to get good grades while actively sailing for both Corona Del Mar and Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Over ski week I will be traveling to Jensen Beach, Florida to compete in the C420 Midwinters so that I can continue to broaden my knowledge of sailing.

Again, thank you very much for the grant.

Rhodes Garner