On May the 12th my Daughter Elisa Falcon will turn 13 and become a teenager. It will probably be her first Birthday not celebrated at a sailing club, but we have been unable to go there for some time now and after almost two months locked down at home things are looking a little grim on the party front.
Being our third child she started early and was sailing on her own at age 4 and a half and if you ask her how she learned she will stare at you as if you asked someone how did they learn to walk, or breathe.
She is the loudest girl on the South African Optimist scene. An Optimist start line without Elisa is like being at the museum, eerily quiet. It is very rare to find a dinghy sailor here, in South Africa, young or old, that does not know Elisa yet.
On double handed boats she rarely concedes the helm to anyone else, maybe if you are the owner of the boat you get a turn. As much as she enjoys to play and party, once on board she can become as focused a.... Continue Reading at Sailing Anarchy