My son Fred, started sailing alone
at age 7, in Optimist. (he and my newest sone were almost born on a boat).
Just recentely he turned 9, and now, has just received his Portuguese Federation Racing permit and registration!! He is so happy, and so proud, he keeps showing his card!! Kids are allways kids!!
The Federation sent him a Rules Book with his name on it!! They treated him like a man!! He is so proud!!! He even has mail with his name now!!
I am even more proud, because he will be going International soon!!! Sailing has helped him in school as it built his confidence and now he also gets great grades, too!! I'm blessed, trully am.
At the end of the day, I think, we might have nice boats, some might go around the World, some live on them, but in the end, really in the end, looking at him, this is what it's all about.