One of the great things about sailing and boating is the people. Wherever you are, alongside a canal, windsurfing on a sheltered lake or sailing out of a large marina, people who are afloat are generally open and friendly to their fellow water sport enthusiasts. When you’re on a boat all too often you find that people can’t resist stopping to chat with you as they pass. In fact some days you find that you’ve not managed to get half the things done that you had hoped to achieve because you’ve been nattering half the day! But having said that, there’s always someone who has had the same problem or curious issue that you are having that is happy discuss. As soon as you mention that small leak / slight change in engine noise / evidence of rubbing on a line, you happen upon someone who has a solution. I say solution – I should say be saying ‘has an opinion’! But like all advice, it’s always good to share and hear about other people’s experiences! This is particularly true when you’re looking to take children aboard and you want to know more about how people cope with their little darlings, so we thought we’d share a few examples of family sailing blogs spread over several posts, starting with one from Australia that looks at bringing up a little one within a marina environment.
We love reading people’s blogs here at Nipper Skipper and so we were delighted to hear from Rachel in Brisbane, Australia who’s blog ‘My Sailing Boat’ is a lovely gentle, insightful read that we often repost via our social media accounts. Rachel lives on a 45ft, steel sailing boat called Medina with her husband (known as ‘the Skipper’) and Orbit (their son aged nearly 3). Orbit has lived on Medina since he was 5 days old and goes with them when ever they go sailing. Rachel says “The purpose of writing this blog is to share my experiences of this process and to share the learnings along the way”, which is just what she does in between working and looking after Orbit. Rachel writes about the practicalities and milestones of parenting on a live aboard, and their preparations for longer term sailing. So when Rachel got in contact with us looking for clothing for Orbit, we were thrilled to be able to post over some Pip the Penguin T-shirts which Orbit is now modelling down under. Pip is now waving from Oz – truly hands across the sea!