I am a 19-year-old student at UC Berkeley with experience in sailing, sailing instructing, and other water sports. I am currently seeking employment at a yacht club as a sailing instructor, in the hopes of working over the summer of 2016. I was a sailing instructor for six weeks during the summer of 2015 at the Saint Francis Yacht Club, which was a very good opportunity for me to get some real-world experience teaching.
I learned how to sail when I was 8 years old, at the San Francisco Yacht Club. I sailed Optimists until I was about 12 years old, when was too big to compete in the green fleet racing class anymore. I learned how to sail bigger boats as I was growing up, sailing on my father's keelboats and touring the bay on sunny days. I really got a sense for the joy of being on the water from all the day trips I made sailing with my family on the bay, and I believe that my love for sailing stems from these experiences.
I first learned how to windsurf when I was about 13 years old. Dennis Deisinger taught a few other kids and me the basics of how to windsurf, which was a totally new concept to me at the time. Eventually, I was planing across the water on Bic Techno boards and my harness, having a blast on the bay, though I never participated in any regattas. I started kitesurfing at the end of my sophomore year of high school, when I was 16 years old. My brother, my dad and I all learned how at the same time, and soon my brother and I were doing freestyle kitesurfing, wave riding, and kite racing on the SF bay. I continued kite racing, progressively getting better and better results in various regattas until today.
I spent my entire education from kindergarten until the 10th grade at LFSF. I learned how to speak French fluently and Spanish fairly well, and though it was a small French immersion school (the graduating class size is only around 45 kids), I learned a good deal about the outside world.
I transferred from LFSF to the International High School when I started my eleventh grade year. This was a slightly larger school, and I feel as though I matured a great deal during my time there. I learned many inter-personal skills, as well as excellent academics and other talents such as music and leadership skills.
In fall of 2015, I started my education at UC Berkeley. So far, I'm Undeclared in terms of my major, but I'm looking to maybe pursue a career in business or some other inter-personal profession.
I sailed 29ers out of the Richmond Yacht Club for about two years when I was about 15 years old. I never competed in any major regattas, but this was the first time that I discovered that you could really go fast on a sailboat. I loved the high-performance boats and the ability to sail very fast, which was a drastic change from the day cruises and optimists that I was used to.
I first hopped in an FJ when I was a freshman at Lycée Français. Brent Harrill and Adam Corpuz-Lahne taught me racing tactics and techniques that I would use throughout my high school sailing career. I sailed JFs for four years under the St. Francis Yacht Club burgee; two were spent on the Lycée Sailing Team, two were spent on the International Sailing Team.
My first semester at UC Berkeley, I sought out the opportunity to sail for the Cal and compete in a racing environment that would be familiar to me. So far, I've spent a little over one semester with the team, and our group dynamic has earned us fantastic results in the inter-collegiate sailboat-racing scene.
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