Posted on August 22, 2014
Summer 2014 Junior Sail program has ended. Tuesday night we had the awards ceremony for all the sailors. Each coach got up and said something about each sailor and presented them with their certificate of participation and some got awards for their achievements. There were point sail winners, Interclub winners, and the entire TRYC pretty much swept up in all the categories at the various regattas they attended this year. It was a banner year for the entire program.
The very last award to be presented also happens to be the most prestigious one. The James C. Fullmer Memorial Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship. Dr. Fullmers' son, and one of the Board of Governors, Will Fullmer, arrived at the podium and began his speech. Immediately the emotion he held for this award was evident as his tears flowed freely as he discussed his father and how with his death came the inception of this memorial. He lost his father in the early 1970's, so although not a fresh wound, it is still a very painful one... this is a man who truly, truly loved, honored and respected his dad. His speech was genuine, his message clear. Sportsmanship, above all, even skill, is THE GREATEST quality a sailor needs to possess. You can be a great sailor, but if you aren't a great person, it's all for naught. He made it very clear how serious they take this award when choosing its recipient. It has been awarded to one sailor every year since 1975 and all the names engraved on it, not surprisingly, have gone on to do wonderful things and brought great change to this world we live in. These sailors, chosen because in their words, actions and behaviors, impart all the qualities needed to make a great human being on and off the water. And this years recipient was none other than our daughter, Kylie Jae Monica.
Once his words sunk in, and I gathered enough of my wits about me to grab my camera and run up front, (quite possibly steamrolling a few parents and kids, sorry- my bad) I couldn't even stop shaking enough to take a damn picture. Of course I was crying, sobbing, quite possible slobbering and close to a full on snort. Mr. Fullmer and Kylies instructor Molly presented her with the award and a beautiful watercolor painting of the TRYC by a famous local artist. (which she THINKS is going in her room.. I however plan on putting it AT the front door.. possibly on an easel so I can move it around to where it can ALWAYS be visible!) As this award concluded the evening's festivities everyone began to approach Kylie, Joe and I with a deluge of congratulations and adulations. Not just from our friends but from people we had never met!
Even the next day, the last day, of sailing, Kylie told me quite a few parents and sailors commended her on her achievement!
Wow... just wow... They hit the nail on the head when they chose Kylie as the recipient of this award. That kid is a million kinds of awesome. And she deserved it. No doubt...
I appreciate all the donations thus far more than you could EVER imagine, but I must put a shorter time limit on it. I was planning on running this until her 16th birthday, April 23, 2014- then giving it to her as a gift, but it looks like her Opti, The Hunter is in dire straits at the moment. She was hit head on by another sailor from a different yacht club and received gash, probably the length from my elbow to finger tips, and wide enough to but my hand IN !! Kylie made a point to memorize their sail number and I believe a notification was made to the sailors yacht club. But really, thats all you can do. It kind of goes with the territory, especially when sailing with inexperienced sailors. For now the hull is patched up with Gorilla Glue Duct Tape, and I DO plan on fixing it over the winter so we can provide another scholarship sailor with a free boat but Miss Kylie is desperately trying to get me to sign her up for Fall sail.... so it looks like Im going to have to really push to find a Sunfish that meets all out needs ASAP! Fall sail starts in September!!! ARGH!
So, please, help us get this girl in a Sunfish ASAP... She so deserves it!
Come hell or high water, this girl will be SAILING this fall... Joe and I will do whatever we have to in order to make it happen! I cant wait to be able to start posting pictures of her sailing in one!!!
MUCH LOVE TO ALL!
Live on, love on, laugh on ..... and SAIL ON!