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.
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.
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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.