WSC Stories – 9 August 2021
I learned to sail as an adult (after many years as a paddler) and then came to WSC so I could sail Mirrors with my son, Liem. I love the feeling of being able to dance with the boat and the elements, and the chance to explore our beautiful waters. My favourite Olympic moment was watching Tom Burton come from behind to win gold in the Laser class in Rio.
We are very excited to share “Shearwater” a book by club member Khiem Tran.
I have written a book, Shearwater, about two kids helping to restore a Mirror dinghy and learning to sail on Sydney Harbour. The idea came about from watching my own son learning to sail at WSC in the original Shearwater. The book is pitched at a similar audience to ‘Swallows and Amazons’, so is meant for both
adults and children. The tone is light and humorous, and along the way the kids learn not only about sailing, but also the history of the harbour, how to face their fears, and about hidden strengths both in themselves and those around them.
The original Shearwater is long gone now, but my son has taken on the love of sailing and meanwhile I am still plugging away in Sea Lion.
The book is available in electronic form only via Amazon or Kobo. (Both of these can be downloaded and read on an app on any device.)