Pushing the boat out

Chloe has decided she wants to learn to sail so Harry offered to teach her. I have to admit, I was highly sceptical.

Pushing the boat out

Firstly; Harry, who subscribes avidly to the school of discovery learning, is entirely self-taught. And secondly; Chloe is not exactly renowned for her listening skills. There was a fair chance this could go horribly wrong.

Surprisingly, though, it all went very well for the first wee while. No heads were bumped on booms.

And the Little Trekkers worked well together keeping a look out for rocks in the shallow water.

Which gave me some time to squeeze in more practice for when we follow the Wright’s example and spread out into 2 open boats.

It was never going to last for too long, though. Chloe eventually lost interest in the technicalities of sailing and started to get a bit in the way looking for fishies and crabs on the sandy bottom.

Ash made the mistake of paddling a bit too close to the Blue Peter, allowing Chloe the opportunity to jump ship before she was encouraged to walk the plank by the ship’s captain.

Which left Ashley with the challenge of managing an unreliable crew in (on) a boat that was definitely designed for only one!

I think it might be time to invest in some proper sailing instruction but before we fork out too much money, we might give one of these events a go: The RYA are running lots of free “Push the boat out” events around the UK. You’re bound to find one near you. Here’s the link if you fancy giving it a go.


About the Author

Kerry Teague

Kerry Teague

About Me & Mine

Ashley (Dad/ 3rd child/ chief photographer). Me - Kerry (Mum/ the sensible one... sometimes). Harry (8) can't sit still and Chloe (nearly 6, thinks she can do everything Harry can and makes pretty good attempts too). We spend as much time as possible having "adventures" (which consist of anything which takes place outside and is accompanied by official “adventure sweeties”).

Favourite place in the world:

Ashley and me - The Ards Peninsula, Strangford Lough, The Mourne Mountains . Harry – Alan’s farm, anywhere with mud, sand, bugs or tractors or that requires a paddle or harness to get to. Chloe - Anywhere as long as it's outside and preferably with somewhere to toast marshmallows and drink “North Pole” hot chocolate

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Biking, climbing, canoeing, digging holes on the beach, making dens (or anything out of sticks), looking for squirrels, butterflies, crabs and Gruffalos. Chloe loves to collect stones, but we try to discourage that as we invariably end up carrying the most precious ones home. She managed to stash about 20 in her bag on a recent weekend away in Ballycastle and cunningly talked Uncle Pancake into carrying her bag to the car so we wouldn’t find out until it was too late. She currently has a fairly large cairn in her bedroom! Harry has a model dairy farm complete with stone walls built from beach pebbles in his bedroom. Neither has much room left for sleeping.

Comments (4)

  • Helen and Ian

    Helen and Ian

    10 May 2018 at 17:29 | #

    Great photos! And what an array of boats! You must have had a fantastic day. Harry looks like he’d make a fine instructor. I shan’t tell my James about how ‘Captain Harry’ is allowed to make other crew walk the plank, though, as it might give him ideas.


    • Kerry Teague

      Kerry Teague

      11 May 2018 at 19:50 | #

      Lol! Yes - I can imagine the chaos that would cause in open boats. I must remember to clarify that point when we next go out in ours. It will be so much easier in that respect when they're not in the same boat.....until they're old enough to share a boat themselves - that'll be make or break time for the sibling relationship. If I'm being honest, sharing an open boat has majorly challenged Ashley' s and my relationship skills but I reckon if you can survive that, you can survive anything!


  • Jennie Abell

    Jennie Abell

    11 May 2018 at 16:17 | #

    Wow Kerry I am impressed the boat didn't go over, I am sure my two would have ended up in the water if we left them on their own!


    • Kerry Teague

      Kerry Teague

      11 May 2018 at 19:46 | #

      I was surprised that didn't happen, Jennie. There was a good chance that it would have!


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