April 16th, 2005

dad & fish & i

Scuttlebutt Sailing Club: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com

(The following excerpt is provided by columnist Doug Krikorian of the
Press-Telegram, a Long Beach, CA newspaper covering the Congressional Cup.)

It is a most unlikely setting for a historic ethnic breakthrough, one that
figures to have a revolutionary impact on international sailing
competitions. I mean, one doesn't think of the Congressional Cup as an
event that would play a vital role in a sociological milestone, because
it's always been just a nice little regatta cordially hosted by the Long
Beach Yacht Club without too much fanfare, without any controversy, without
even the faintest hint of ever being involved in a revolutionary racial

But that is the case this week as, for the first time ever, a sailing team
from South Africa has a black among its crew members for a major race in a
sign of progress in a country still struggling to recover from the evils of
apartheid institutionalized segregation that finally came to a blessed end
more than 10 years ago. Twenty-five-year-old Ashton Sampson might never be
mentioned in the same sentence with Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson or
Rosa Parks, but he, nevertheless, still is a pioneer in a country where the
racial divide still is wide, especially on the sporting landscape where the
national cricket team is all white and the soccer team is all black.

He understands that he is considered an oddity in South Africa, a black man
who enjoys sailing more than, well, playing soccer. He understands that, if
he does well and the team does well in the America's Cup in Valencia,
Spain, in 2007, that he can become a huge role model for a lot of young
black kids who might be inspired to give sailing a try as he did one
afternoon on a lake in his native Cape Town when he was a mere 16.

Said Ian Ainslie, a tactician for the South African team, "You must
understand no more than two percent of our population ever heard of the
America's Cup. Now they see this huge yacht in South African colors, and
they see this multiracial team sailing it. I think that's a good sign." -
Doug Krikorian, Press-Telegram, full story,

i always wanted to have an inner city children's sailing school. it would be a nice world if people weren't focused on color. have you seen those billboard ads? somethng like, "wouldn't it be nice if the sentence was "he was an educated man" and not "he was an educated black man"?


i have family in south africa.
dad & fish & i

grammar was my mom's mom

i am not a sticker (or a stickler either) for grammar and usage. i mean, i have plenty of errors all the time myself.

today i received an email from someone. i feel like getting a red pencil out and marking the errors. arrgh.
Well I did end up wet today. Not threw kayaking but threw work. I got a call to go into work because a guest had yanked the pool light out and the heat once it hit the air caused it to break. Pool water level had to be dropped in order to clean up the glass. It took four hours to get the water back up to the point that we could turn on the pumps. I was told many people wanted there money back for there stay because the pool was the only reason they came here. We got the pool up and running but they now wanted to know why the water was so cold. One of those can't win days for me.
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