Hobie Day 2017
Sun, water, boats and fun! Big
Brothers Big Sisters’ recent Hobie Day was a big hit with Bigs and Littles
alike. Set at Bob Wentz Park on Lake Travis, BBBS matches enjoyed the unique
experience of sailing on catamarans courtesy of the Austin Hobie Cats, a group
of sailing enthusiasts who have hosted the event for almost 40 years. Over 300
matches, families, volunteers, and staff turned out for the special event.
“It was a great new experience
with my Big,” said Little Brother Adonis. He and Big Brother Russell enjoyed
being out on the lake together.
Big Sister Jessica and her
Little Sister Nadia also enjoyed their first experience on a catamaran, though
Nadia said she was a little scared at first. Both found the ride to be
different than they were expecting but still a lot of fun.
“It was very interesting. They
explained about the different parts of the boat and different sailing
techniques,” said Big Sister Kemisha. “I asked a lot of questions because I’d
never been sailing before and it’s something I’d always wanted to do.” Her
Little Sister Lia added that the ride was really nice.
A few matches who sailed last
year, like Angel and Patrick, got to have some new adventures. “I got to hang
out on the trapeze over the side of the boat and drag my feet in the water,”
said Little Brother Angel, who conquered his fears, put on the safety harness,
and enjoyed the new experience.
“I’d like to thank all the guys
who came with their boats and volunteered,” Patrick added. “That was
The AustinCats supplied the
catamarans and have also donated countless hours preparing for and hosting the
event. The Young Men’s Service League Cavaliers Chapter provided
volunteers who helped with tasks like equipping attendees with life jackets,
assisting people as they got onto the boats and cleaning up after the event.
Hobie Day is one of the few
BBBS-organized events where Bigs and Littles get to spend time with the
Little’s family members as well. In addition to sailing, attendees enjoyed
swimming, playing games and lounging along the shoreline.
Big Sister Liz and Little Sister
Angel enjoyed their first year at Hobie Day. “Whenever they turned the boat we
were getting splashed with water,” Liz said, “and a big wave came and splashed
Angel.” Little Sister Angel wasn’t bothered in the least. She had a big smile
on her face after finishing the ride.
Special thanks to the
AustinCats, the Young Men’s Service League Cavaliers, Hapi Drinks, Yeti, and
Zilker Boat Rentals for their support and involvement. We couldn’t do hold this
annual event without such great partners, staff, volunteers, Bigs, Littles and
their families. Events like these are where memories are made.
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