Yachting Monthly

IN OUR EXPERIENCE. . .

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FAMILY CRUISING IS FOR ALL GENERATION­S

As a child I sailed on Peter Duck, designed for the elderly Arthur Ransome as ‘a marine bath chair’ and thus a perfect perambulat­or. The logbook records that aged five, ‘Julia steered all the way down the Walton Channel with only one attempt to put us on the mud.’ By the time my children came along Peter Duck was back in our family and able to continue unscary cruising adventures. And family cruising is not just for kids – my mother joined us when she was 90. Julia Jones

WE WERE NOVICES WHEN WE TOOK OUR KIDS SAILING

As Julia Jones’ son, there was inevitably a certain amount of messing about in boats during childhood, but neither my wife nor I really knew how to sail when we plumped on it as our best option for a family activity to enjoy together. Our eldest was eight and the twins six when we took the plunge and bought a Hawk 20, which we trailed down to Falmouth for holidays. When we bought Blossom, a 35ft Artekno H35, we had to make family cruising work on longer passages. Frank Thorogood

STARTING EARLY WAS THE KEY FOR OUR FAMILY

Jacob, 15, and Heather, 13, can’t remember their first time afloat or at sea. My wife Clara and I both come from sailing families. Starting early obviously helps as it’s just something we as a family have always done. We spend most of the school holidays enjoying short cruises usually trying to get to the Isles of Scilly on our Moody 33 mk2, or my father’s 30ft Cornish Pilot Cutter. We spent five months of 2019 exploring the waterways of France to the Mediterran­ean. Hamish Southby Tailyour

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