Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sailing Community Service

One of my most memorable community service experiences was just this past summer. I race sailboats competitively all throughout the summer. My coach at the end of practice one day said that help was needed for a regatta. He stated that he would give community service hours out if you signed up. I quickly signed up and the following Saturday I was at the yacht club, ready help out. This was a younger kid regatta. So, there was many small children running about not knowing what to do. I first worked at the entrance of the regatta. I helped by pulling kids’ boats down to the ramp so that it is ready to launch when the race was to begin. I unloaded boat after boat and provided directions for the clueless parents on where to park. I helped the kids to their boats.

It was now time for boats to launch. I stood in the water moving hundreds of boats. I tried to get everyone out safely but it was a difficult job. During this whole process, I was also throwing water bottles into each of the boats. The yacht club told me that  I needed to give each sailor one bottle of water so that they can stay hydrated on the water throughout the day. All the boats were successfully off. However, my day was not over. I quickly hopped into a motorboat in order to help run the races on the water. This was the most awesome part of the whole community service experience. I was on the line boat with the race committee official. This wasn’t any ordinary race committee official. This was the legendary Ken Legler himself who has won many world titles and coaches only the very best teams. I between races I talked to him about sailing and how I can improve. He was a great help and even told me to come visit his team at Tufts University. We got off five races and we headed back to shore. The day came to an end and I was a content volunteer.

My experience with community service was not simply just an accumulation of hours. This community service was about something I love doing. I gave back to my community and good things came in return. I got to meet and talk with Ken Legler which led to an ultimate visit to Tufts University.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sailing Away from the Stressful Week

A week of stress and hard work has my mental state drained. I come home on a Friday ready to just lay down and forget about everything I have to do. I pull up into my driveway and open the garage. There, right there, there it is. It cuts through the water. The wind throws it around. Just by looking at it in the garage my stressful mind is made a content mind. There is no better feeling than dragging my sailboat down to beach on a Friday afternoon.

The sailboat is mine. It is a Laser class sailboat to be specific. It is a one man dinghy that cuts through waves and speeds by any other boat powered by wind on the water. It is fun. It requires every ounce of strength that I have. I love feeling the harsh wind whipping across my face and tasting the salt water on my lips. I love the rancid smell of low tide and of the washed ashore sea life.

It is a casual sail. I am not racing nor am I competing. I do it simply for the joy of it. I find it relaxing and soothing to my mind. However, I could never do this if I never had my sailboat. As I drag my sailboat back home from the beach, I stow it away in the garage. I look at it again and reminisce on everything I did to earn that boat. I remember the hard trying during the summertimes with my sailing team. It was proof to my parents that I could sail a boat all by myself in the big Atlantic Ocean. I remember the work and volunteering I did in order to make enough money to purchase the boat. I remember searching everywhere in the state of Florida for this particular boat. This was the only one that I could find. The only one in the state of Florida is mine.

My First Blog Post (A Little About Me)

Hello my name is Adam DeVita. I am an accomplished sailor. I started sailing at the age of eight years old. I learned how to sail on the 420 Class sailboat and as oddly as it seems I have never sailed an Opti in my life. I race competitively during the summers on Cape Cod with the Wianno Yacht Club. Brent Jansen is my head coach and has helped me become an accomplished sailor. I started the NBP Sailing club at North Broward Prep. Check out my website to learn more. I own two sailboats, a Laser and a Hobie 16, which I take out every other Saturday to Lake Ida and teach the 34 members of the Sailing club how to sail. This blog is primarily going to be about my passion for sailing. It will detail many things about sailing but also how sailing impacted my life. I hope enjoy reading the rest of my blog and stay tune for future posts.