I know I’ve rambled on and on about how much I love the Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons series… but if you weren’t quite convinced, let me just say it’s a small boat.
Yes, it’s true. I bought a sailboat. Myfriend bought it from a friend of his many years ago, and he taught his four children to sail on it. Now, we have bought it (Sam might say, "No, YOU bought it," but he woudln’t really be mad about it) to teach our four children to sail on it. And I am so excited.
No, I’ve never actually sailed before. Nor do we live by the ocean. In fact, we’re land-locked. But there’s a beautiful state park ten miles from us that has a boat slip, and the volunteers there assure me that it’s a PERFECT place to learn to sail, because it has no motor-boats to wake us.
So we’ve bought life jackets and foam blocks & straps so we can carry it atop our minivan.
My friend told me the three rules of sailing: 1. Keep da people and da stuff in da boat. 2. Keep da water out o’da boat. 3. Don’t run into nuthin.
So with these guidelines, and a healthy sense of adventure, we are about to become a sailing family. Coming about!