03 Jul Ariel Nechemia
Ariel is a Chinese-American sailor who grew up in Beijing, who is also completely fluent in Mandarin. By being raised in a family that could not tell between a sailboat and a powerboat he did not sail when he was younger, but has learned a lot since he started in his High School Freshman year. He started to sail at a Naval Preparatory Academy, where cadets must learn how to sail to graduate and become an officer. Wanting to do both he learned how to, and fell in love with sailing. He has a variety of sailing experience, including instructing at Beijing Sailing Center, and attended the Acorn High Performance Program the year before, which lead for him to eventually receive an offer to train with the Chinese Nacra 17 Olympic Team. He enjoys racing in all formats, no matter the boat type. He also enjoys story telling, mostly in the form of blogs.
After graduating high school, he decided to take a break from academia to try sail around the world solo in order to raise money for the charity that helped his sister with brain cancer before heading off to university. Which is his goal for his preparations here at Oakcliff. “There is a very good chance I will not be able to do this due to financial reasons, but it is my current goal that I am working towards. Currently the worst thing that can happen is me learning from failing.”