What is so cool about this kid? Well, He’s only 11 years old and he drove his dad’s new Beneteau Oceanis 41 “Chowdah” to the First Place win in the Oceanis Class 1 in the San Diego Beneteau Cup. Here’s what he had to say about his Beneteau Cup sailing:
The Joy of Sailing an Oceanis 41
My name is Jake Jordan, I am 11 years old, and I live in San Diego, California. My first racing experience was in a Sabot (8ft dingy). Since my dad bought a new Beneteau Oceanis 41, I haven’t raced a Sabot since. I just love the way the 41 sails! Every weekend my dad and I take it out we have a blast. As soon as the chine slides into place we fly across the water. All of my thoughts are released and it feels as if I’m in a trance. All I can hear is the water churning as we sail.
As soon as my dad told me I was going to skipper our Oceanis 41 in the Beneteau Cup Regatta, I was ecstatic!!! The best part about racing the 41 is all the feelings and different sensations I get: wind shifts, boat heeling, wind gusts, weather helm, etc. Then we make the adjustments for a smooth fast sail.
Beyond the sailing part of the regatta, the after parties and the skippers meeting gave me a chance to be with friends and have a ton of fun with other Beneteau kids, thanks to this regatta.
Jake Jordan, Skipper of “Chowdah” (winner of cruising class 1, 2013 San Diego Beneteau cup)