Newport Harbor High School junior Randall Hause has been sailing since he was 9.
If he wasn’t doing homework, his parents could find him out on a boat somewhere, rigging, tacking, whatever.
Now, a 17-year-old looking forward to becoming a sailing instructor over the summer, Hause is trying to rekindle a tradition that vanished three years ago. He’s looking to resurrect the Williwaw Regatta, a partnership between young people in the Newport Beach sailing community and young counterparts who live in lower-income areas. Williwaw, a term that is loosely interpreted to mean shifting winds, is a fitting name for a sailing event that puts people in unfamiliar situations. The williwaw regatta lasted for about three years and gave at-risk youth, many of whom wouldn’t traditionally be found sailing out at sea, a chance to be on a boat for the first time.
Saturday, Hause and his friends will make the winds shift again, this time for about a dozen kids from some of the poorer neighborhoods in Costa Mesa.