Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Family sailing J/70s off St Petersburg!

J/70 Braun family St Petersburg YC(St Petersburg, FL)- Yes, of course. The perfect “youth trainer” and “family day sailor!”

Matt Braun and his family have been participating in the “Twilight Series” at St Petersburg Yacht Club in one of the club’s J/70’s.

Commenting on their family outing, Matt said, “I believe we had 5 boats that evening.  Generally, we have between 5-7 J/70 club boats.  The StPYC Youth Team makes it a regular training date, as do many local sailors.

J/70 Braun family sailing St Petersburg YC seriesOn the day of this picture, my 10-year-old daughter Ainsley was at the helm from beginning to end.  It was a warm 10-12 knots breeze with the beautiful St. Pete skyline as a backdrop.

We sailed a 3 1/2 mile windward-leeward course, finishing a close 3rd behind 2 boats sailed by very talented crews.

Our effort was truly a family affair. My son Guthrie trimmed jib and helped with tactics. My wife (Ann Lisa) flew the kite and did pit.  I was mostly ballast and trimmed main.  All and all, we had a great time.  Hopefully, the boats we beat were not too embarrassed to be bested by a 5th grader!!” Add to Flipboard Magazine.