Join Date: May 2011
Location: Richmond, VA
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Re: Sailing with our 3 year old
We are very protective parents (helicopter parents) but this year we decided to let go a little bit and let them be more adventurous and what a difference it has made. We are still protective but having them ride the bow while sailing, towing them behind in the dinghy or speedboat tube, letting them steer, help with the lines, spending the night at anchor, laying on the foredeck at night and watching the stars, etc... they are having a lot more fun and are not as bored. They are 6 and 9 years old, (birthdays just past so they are just 6 and 9).
I am looking forward to father and son sail trips next year.
I am 44 now but some of my best times as a little kid was sailing. Still remember catching a breeze on a old 12 footer on a small lake near our house when I was about 9 years old. (FYI - my parents were not very protective. I guess things were different back then.)
S2 11.0A 36'