We should all get equal time to talk about our kids, but that would need we all have Podcasts. In this Caper, I tell of our experiences while family cruising in a too-small boat when the Captain has a too-big temper and his kids have a normal sibling rivalry.
In the end, it is the kids who guide the boat and solve the problems. As parents, it seems to me that the best thing we can do for them -- and for us -- is to just spend time together.
OCEAN RACING THEN AND NOW
On Christmas Day just past, a remarkable solo circumnavigation speed record was set by a Frenchman sailing a big multihull. He had made five previous attempts and finally succeeded. At the same time, other incredible speeds were being achieved in monohulls, also sailed by the French.
In this Caper, I compare today's ocean racing with examples of how it was done in the early days of modern, lightweight seafaring.
HARD KNOCKS AND SOFT MUD
This Caper reviews the survival story in the previous edition, hoping to learn a little more from the merciful close call, and the hard knocks loss as told by Lance Leonard.
As if there is some parallel, I tell of my own almost desperate encounter with “pluff mud” and a falling tide.
Finally, I appeal for help, of another kind.