Brothers Ty and Nic Baird helped the Shorecrest High School sailing team advance to its first ever national championship. They'll compete next month in Seattle.
The Baird boys have been sailing since they were about 6 years old, an age when most kids take the training wheels off their bicycles. They love to sail fast, and win.
The competitive drive runs in their family. Their dad, Ed Baird, is an international sailing celebrity. He's racing professionally in Spain right now. Ed was the helmsman for the 2007 America's Cup winner "Alinghi".
But when he's home in St. Petersburg, Ed's better known as dad -- frequent captain of his boys' "chase boat," and their driver to regattas.
Ed says his son, Nic, might be even more competitive than he is.
"Competitive -- that's the name of the game. Someone once said that my youngest son would be competitive at tiddly winks, just give him something, he wants to compete," Ed laughed.
Nic is 14 years old. He says his older brother sails smarter than he does right now. And 16 year old Ty calls his dad the best sailor in the family, saying he and his brother are "pretty even."
Dad would like to see Ty sail more aggressively and Nic show more patience on the water. Both teens agree that aggressive sailing and patience paid off this past weekend in Charleston when they helped Shorecrest reach its first ever national title regatta.
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