During our stay in Tauranga, New Zealand, the kids from two boats (Namani and Alouette) really hit it off. One activity they particularly enjoyed was learning to program computer graphics using a program called KTurtle.
Seeing their enthusiasm for this, we parents agreed to assign the kids a group project as part of their [...]
Elli wrote us to say thanks for all the support and inspiration she has received from Women and Cruising, and from our 12 Sailing Families.
Back after a year’s cruise, her log book entries vividly bring back the reality of cruising. Part 1 of this 2-part post was published on Oct [...]
My name is Elli Straus. My husband and I pulled our two daughters out of school three years ago this October and sailed for the better part of a year on our 42ft. Beneteau, Wind of Peace. Our adventure began [...]
Taking your children’s education to sea is not always simple, but neither is it a deeply complicated mystery.
Once you capture a child’s interest,
learning can be inspiring and fun.
With careful decision-making and sensible preparations – just what you need for going cruising in general – you can let your children profit from an incredible learning opportunity.
What if you are “empty nesters” over the age of 50, and want to go sailing off into retirement with your spouse. Are you afraid you will seldom see your children? Will you miss spoiling the grandchildren and watching them advance through the stages of childhood?
MY ADVICE: If you want to see your children and grand-children A LOT, just go [...]
Recently, a big hubbub was made in the national news about a family of five – the Craftons – who completed a circumnavigation aboard their sailboat!
To landlubbers who are unaware of the global cruising community, the Crafton family’s circumnavigation seemed so audacious a thing to attempt, that it must be singular, so unfamiliar, it must [...]
We are so excited! A project in the making for almost a year is finally coming together!
We call it 12 Questions to 12 Sailing Families, and the first contribution – the story of sv New Life and the Echenard Family of three from Switzerland — is already in place.
Rich with [...]
When our family of 4 began our exciting transition to the cruising life aboard our 35′ Cal Cruising Windfall in November 2008, we had everything planned out.
We would explore Mexico by skimming lightly off our savings if we needed to, but the monthly interest that we received off our conservative investments would be the [...]
It’s been over a year and a half since we pulled out of our home port of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and headed south.
Going cruising as a family, instead of waiting for our children to leave the nest, is one of the best choices my husband and I have ever made.
Sure, we have some challenges that [...]