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Kathy Steveson; Sailboat Racer


Kathy Steveson is known to students as the kind Special Education teacher in Room 802. What many do not know about her is that she races sailboats competitively on a national level. Expressions talked to her about her interesting hobby.

Expressions: When and why did you start boating?

Special Education Teacher Kathy Steveson: I began sailing in 2011 when my husband taught me how to race as part of the crew.

Expressions: Do you have your own sailboat?

Steveson: We own a catamaran, which is a small sailboat about twenty feet long with two hulls.

Expressions: Was it difficult to learn to maneuver the boat?

Steveson: Yes, there’s the rails, the lines, the rudders, the daggers, and the tillers that are all difficult parts of the sailboats and need attention.

Expressions: How often do you go sailing?

Steveson: My husband and I sail once a month for fun and once a month for Regattas, which is a national series of boat races. In fact, our first race of the season is next weekend on April 16.

Expressions: Have you ever placed in this competition?

Steveson: Yes, last August we came in second at nationals, which was conveniently held at Avila.

Expressions: Have you ever sailed with other teachers from SLOHS?

Steveson: Yes, in the beginning of the year we had a staff party down at Old Port and my husband brought out our catamaran. We took some of the teachers out including English teacher Craig Stewart.

Expressions: Would you recommend this as a possible hobby for SLOHS students?

Steveson: Absolutely! Actually, we are looking for more volunteers. Our races are Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If anyone is interested in getting more volunteer hours, they can email me at [email protected] for more information.

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