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The risks and rewards of cruising families

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:12 am, Sat Apr 19, 2014.

My husband and I are raising a child while traveling aboard our 40-foot sailboat Ceilydh. The world has two types of responses to our parenting choice: “Lucky kid!” and “That’s crazy!”

The crazy chorus is loud and angry after a fellow cruising family underwent a very public rescue recently. Sailors Eric and Charlotte Kaufman were sailing their vessel, the Rebel Heart, from Mexico to New Zealand with their young daughters Lyra, 1, and Cora, 3, when, 900 nautical miles from Mexico, they made an emergency call to the Coast Guard after their youngest daughter became seriously ill and the boat’s power and steering malfunctioned.

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  • Pam Walker posted at 5:56 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    lilbit Posts: 68

    What a lucky little girl that is. some of us would love to have even one of the experiences she has gone through. To me, that sounds like parenting at its finest.

     
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