Young at Heart

Ex­u­mas, Ba­hamas 24°27'N 76°47'W Pho­to­graph by Robby Il­lanes

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE - —Si­monMur­ray

Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Robby Il­lanes is ready for any­thing: Be it a fam­ily va­ca­tion or a week­end get­away, he al­ways brings some­thing to doc­u­ment the trip. So when his ex­tended fam­ily char­tered a 130-foot West­port for a week­long ex­cur­sion in the Ex­u­mas, he brought his cam­era. But on this cruise, there was some­thing he wasn’t ready for: How quickly his nephew Owen, only two years old at the time, took to sit­ting at the helm. “The cap­tain picked him up and put him in the cap­tain’s chair and he loved it,” said Il­lanes. “He was try­ing to push all the but­tons.” Some­one you don’t see here is Owen’s fa­ther, Clay—Il­lanes’s brother-in­law—an avid, life­long boater and the owner of a 29-foot Pur­suit, stand­ing proudly off to the side. Says Il­lanes,“If he was two years old and it was ap­pro­pri­ate, he would’ve jumped into the cap­tain’s chair, too, be­cause he was just as ex­cited.”

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