I started corresponding with your Australian student of yacht design Orlando Yen when Orlando was about 6 years old. That’s right, 6 years old. Orlando is now 10 years old and coming along very nicely. I’d like to flatter myself by saying I am “teaching” him but that would not be accurate. I send him drawings of my work and he sends me drawings of his work. We comment on each other’s efforts. He calls me “uncle Bob”. I like that.
I’ll post some of Orlando’s email I got this morning. I won’t post all of it because much of it is about my Christmas tree, He wants to know the details of my tree. Hey, he’s 10 years old.
“This year I successfully designed and built my first racing dingy. My “school holiday scow” is called Mosscow and I have won races in it already. Four weeks ago at the club stern-chaser race I got first place and also fastest lap on a monohull – against all the adults on Sabres, Lasers, NS14’s and a Corsair. I even beat Dad in a Solo.”
“Next year I am designing a junior sharpie schooner. I is to be 18′ long and 4′ wide approximately.It might have two or even three masts. It is still a work in progress.
“I have played with my model Catari in the pool but haven’t got remote control installed yet, but hope to this school holidays. I have seen photos of Mr Serini’s building progress.”