Originally Posted by MarkJ
What crap about the kids
I did my first world championships at 17!
Lots of cruising boats have kids
12 or 13 standing their own watches, some at night.
And you lot want to emasculate them! Stuff them in cotton wool like pathetic junior morons.
Crusing is ABOUT giving your children
a life and responsability.
Cruising is about being a family
. Everyone learns. Everyone risks. Daddy becomes Dad. Mommy becomes Mum (or Mom) and the teddy bear is left back in the crib.
Take yourself and children
for life affirming adventures on your sail boat. Its what this forum is meant to be about!
.. I left home at 15 and had made my way to Jamaica
by 17 and was sailing the whole of Jamaica
,Hatii,and the DR ,sometimes I was singlehanded going from one port to the next waiting for the professer to arrive with a new batch of orchids(had total control of a very ,very fine yacht that was on loan to the Botanist) I saw several yachts that had children living on them and it was commen to see them in charge of the vessel when parents party to much the night before...