Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Family Sail

Not going to lie, three kids under three kind of puts a damper on spontaneity.  It's not that easy to go anywhere or do anything on a whim these days.  There are nap times to consider, diapers to change, feedings to be had, bedtimes to honor and about a million other things thrown into the mix.  So when Scott suddenly said, "Let's go sailing" this last Sunday morning after no forethought or planning on our part, my knee jerk reaction was to reply with a, "you're joking, right?"  But he wasn't and I didn't and we learned the important lesson that we've still got some "get up and go" left in us.

It was a gorgeous day, the wind was steady out of the west, the seas were flat and the sun was warm and high.  We travel pretty light for a family of five (at least we strive to) so we packed up some lunch, my new favorite light weight baby carriers, a diaper bag of reinforcements and off we went.  No toys, no bells, no whistles.  Just us and the kids.  It was an awesome day on the water and it completely made it clear that we can absolutely sail as a family of five and still enjoy it.  Our good friend AJ came with (you might remember him from the delivery from Georgetown to Tortola) and the six of us delighted in the kind of Chicago day that makes living here during this past winter totally worth it.

Isla was completely content and busied herself happily with the boat while she sang her impressive repertoire of songs.  She is a self-entertaining champion and an awesome little sailing companion.  The twins napped in the slings and when they weren't sleeping they were giggling and cooing in the pilot berth.  They have salt in their veins and, being Pisces, love the water and outdoors.  It was a dream come true and the kind of day you store in your memory bank under "extra special" to recall on the days that don't go so well so that you can maintain perspective and sanity.  It was fantastic.  I am seriously more excited than ever to get back down island aboard Asante.  More on this in a later post (spoiler alert: plane tickets have been purchased).  For now, here are some pics of the beautiful day aboard my dad's boat*.












*After my last post about sailing on my dad's boat, several of you inquired as to what sort of boat it was.  It is a custom built Kanter 47.  As my dad always says, "Britt, there is no such thing as the perfect boat....except the one you build for yourself". She's a beaut.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding!

Carolyn - The Boat Galley said...

That one of Scott at the wheel, baby in carrier and beer in hand is just priceless! (Okay, I like 'em all, but there's something about that one that just says it all.)

I_amcdn@hotmail.com said...

You are living the dream!

Harmony (SV Serenity) said...

Hooray! So happy to hear it went swimmingly. You two continue to impress. Plane tix purchased?!?! Sweet deal. Cheers to the next phase!

Rebekah Hills said...

Beautiful photos!! So glad you were all able to get out together and enjoy such a gorgeous day. :)

MaryJo Boyle said...

I swear many of the best times we had on our boats were when we just grabbed the kids and some food and flew out the door!

The Chatty Housewife said...

Yay! How fun! Beautiful photos. What brand of baby carrier is that?

Windtraveler said...

These are baby k'rsn breezes. I have a TON of baby wearing apparatuses - kind of obsessed ;)

Yacht Hire Dubai said...

I love reading your blogs and many travels with the 3 kids. I used to hate sailing when the kids were little now I love sailing around Dubai. The sights are amazing.

Jessica said...

Now that looks like the perfect way to cruise to me. Wheel in one hand, beer in the other, and a baby strapped to the chest. Sign me up.

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