Wannabe Sailing Bum
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SF Bay Area
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I always like to say that while I'm 37 years old, I've actually been sailing for 37.9 years, as my Mom and Dad were out sailing before I was born. My father raced Stars with the venerable Tom Blackaller, and i grew up sailing FJ's and our families Ericson 29 and later Bene38s5 (boy what an upgrade that was). I then got into racing, which increased my knowledge exponentially, and solidified my love of the sport. Oddly, neither of my brothers are into sailing. Even my brother who raced for the Naval Academy.
Anyway, all three of my kids (8, 6 and 3) have been sailing their whole lives, and they all really love being on the boat. I hope they all carry on my passion for sailing.
Best tip to get them hooked: sailing camp
Dumbest thing to do: scare them
Best family trip: Sea of Cortez on our boat
Best advice: Have fun things for them to do while sailing or anchoring out. eg; coloring, games, fishing, even a movie or two. Charts and sextants should not be pushed on any child.