We love following and sharing the experiences of cruising families around the the world. There is nothing as useful (or interesting) as hearing how parents embrace the challenges of living afloat full time to help people make decisions about their own sailing and potential adventures. In reality, many of the issues are the same as those of us who are currently living on terra firma bringing up children, but the added issues of a confined space, sporadic travel and a LOT of water make for a whole different set of experiences.
We’re therefore thrilled to have recently teamed up with Jess and James on board their Crossbow 42, Adamastor who set off on their adventure in October 2011. They have a wonderful website called Water Log that is a great source of information, advice and lovely to read. So far they have been cruising for 5 years, visited 32 countries and 2 oceans, welcomed 2 babies who have arrived en route and have travelled 18,000 miles to date! In their own words:
“After crossing the Atlantic and enjoying several months in the Caribbean we reached Panama, where we decided to start a family. Now we combine our cruising with being full-time parents to our daughter, Rocket, who was born en route in Mexico. We crossed the Pacific ocean with her, from Mexico to New Zealand, exploring all the South Pacific islands in between. Our crew now includes our son, Indigo, who was born in New Zealand.” (http://water-log.com/#)
Rocket and Indigo are looking rather fab in their Nipper Skipper waterproofs and shades – ready for all weathers! It’s always so good to see our kit in action – proving that our commitment to functional fashion that works is the right one. Many thanks to Jess for posting some photos back to us.
Jess writes regularly for range of sailing magazines and blogs so you may have heard about the family before. A really useful list of Jess’s articles can be found on the Water Log site HERE. It’s a fantastic resource for all cruisers whether you’re pottering around the coast on a weekend or heading further afield longer term. They include her regular Blue Note column in Sailing Today and a particularly good articles on living with babies on board in Boating New Zealand July 2015 and Blue Water Sailing June 2015, plus regular family related articles from Yachting Monthly.
The family are currently in New Zealand – awaiting a safe time to passage to Australia and we’ll be following them all the way!
If you’re interested to hear from other boats we also recommend checking out the family on board Totem (family of five sailing around the world since 2008) http://www.sailingtotem.com/welcome-aboard and the crew of Medina, living on board a small boat with a toddler http://mysailingboat.com.au/ who we wrote about in our first Hands Across the Sea (1) blog in April.
Fair winds and safe sailing to all those families afloat!