Dambo 41 Posted January 17, 2016 Share Posted January 17, 2016 So, my younger son used to get sea sick almost the moment we left the marina, he'd get all weak and shaky, whimper a bit, lean over the side and have a chuck, then come right for the rest of the trip - thankfully he's grown out of that Unfortunately the older boy has lost all interest in sailing, however the younger is still keen but I have to remind myself that he needs to be actively involved in the process and doing stuff. Asking him doesn't work because his default is to say 'no' but just talking him through the process and giving clear instructions, demonstrating how something is done, then handing it over. When we first took the kids out we'd attempt to sail for hours to the furthermost destination until some friends with older kids instructed us in the error of our ways, so we settled on short trips and slowly started going further afield. Izzy bay from Westhaven is great. Actually. Last year the 11yo and I sailed around Waiheke on his little boat (22' trailersailer) he's also relished the opportunities to go sailing on Sundreamer because he gets to go to places like Kawau in a fraction of the time it'd take on my old skeg or his boat. Yesterday the wind wasn't playing fair and after some hours of tacking back and forth in the harbour we settled on Motuihe. We walked around the beaches at low tide, we swam, and generally had a lovely, relaxed time. This morning we swam once the sun had warmed the air up a bit, had a relaxed breakfast and sailed back to Westhaven as the wind slowly picked up. Today the younger kid flew the (small) spinnaker on his trailersailer back from Motuihe - He stated that today was his best day sailing 'ever' because he learnt new things, he felt challenged and a sense of achievement, he also said that 'just he and I' are going sailing again soon and he's keen to see the big spinnaker up. Sooooo, yeah, little steps is good. Getting them involved is good. 1 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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