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Team Tartan: Practice Makes Perfect, but Nobody’s Perfect, so Why Practice?

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Or something like that.

Team Tartan Commodore Chris and mascot Stretch

Team Tartan Commodore Chris and mascot Stretch

For the last eight years, my brother Chris and I have been sailing the National Capitol Leukemia Cup regatta. We mostly do this to raise money to fight leukemia (a disease that killed our mother), but we also like to win the race on the water.

Over the years we have done just a smidge better raising money than we have sailing the race. We were number one in both a few years back. But since then, our sailing has become a bit rusty even while we have taken home the fundraising Leukemia Cup for many years in a row.

This year we’re kicking ass on the fundraising front (thanks to our many donors, but especially to phil venables). So far we have raised a collective $56,207. That is a major record for Team Tartan.

If you would like to donate, you can do it now on the net.

In order to up our game on the water, we did some practice this weekend.

Sailing Practice with Team Tartan

Sailing Practice with Team Tartan

The jib pole is always a challenge.

The jib pole is always a challenge.

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Sailing practice can be tiring. Here is our mascot Stretch ready to jibe.

JIBE! Er, sleep.

JIBE! Er, sleep.

See you on the water.

Fin.

Fin.

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Tall Grass, Short Tomatoes, and Dogs

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Four Foot Grass

Four Foot Grass

Green

Green

Tiny tomatos

Tiny tomatos

Mogli

Mogli

Puck

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Storm Sophie Blew in..

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So Like Ike, it comes and it goes.

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And the bluebells increase.

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And the frolic!

Sophie in Blue

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The bluebells are out. Thousands and thousands of them for miles along the river.

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Hi, Hello, Howdy from da boys..

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And, Why Not? I like this one!

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2016 Blizzard One Week In

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Paloma presiding

Paloma presiding

The snow is still deep. We’re still cutting trails with lots of effort. Sophie is shorter than the snow is tall. But frankly, the slow melt is fantastic given our location on the Shenandoah river.

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