My ultimate low in travel-related illness came when Stylish was three years old. The two of us were on our way back to Canada from Spain, and we both had rotavirus. Every ounce of liquid I forced into her came right back out. Waiting for a connecting flight in Philadelphia, Stylish went Exorcist on our last clean clothes. As I stood in the airport bathroom in my underwear, washing my preschooler in the sink and wondering what shirt I could rinse well enough to wear home, I knew I had hit bottom. Parenthood is a humbling reminder that even the most elegant and cool among us will smell of baby vomit from time to time.…Read More
I spent a lot of my childhood with my siblings down the ravine behind our house. In summer, we found salamanders under rocks and built dams across the foot-deep stream. In the winter, we slogged our way down the snowy slope to crack through the ice and always came home with wet snowpants. And while my mom knew where we were, she was hardly lurking behind every tree.
|Solving fractions and finding popcorn words.|
So I kind of feel bad for my kids. Living aboard means we get to spend a lot of fun time together, but it also means that they have a tough job escaping us. …Read More
|Summer 2010 – lemonade|
|Summer 2013 – handwashing|
Last night was Family Movie Night. We don’t do it often, but Grannie had taken a stroll through the local used DVD emporium, and sent us Ghostbusters as part of a care package. And who can say no to that?
As the film started and books started floating through the library, Indy pasted herself to my side and Erik and I shared a look. I suddenly remembered that a few of the ghosts in the film were pretty scary. I had misgivings; I did not want to induce a Gremlins reaction.Read More
Anchoring involves a set of skills and knowledge that is often overlooked. Too often the ability to anchor properly is taken for granted. The feeling that all you have to do is “toss the anchor into the water and tie it to the boat” is far from the truth and can be dangerous. Here are a few suggestions that may help you to anchor successfully:
1) Select a location with a good holding ground. Remember, most anchors work by digging into the bottom. If you do not take steps to make sure this happens then your anchor will not hold regardless of how big it is.…Read More
This is one of the most common questions I get from land folks. It is usually accompanied by a wide-eyed look and a shake of the head, as though we wake up every morning in our floating prison cell, wondering how to fill the dark and heavy hours until lights-out.
Never. Erik and I wake up every day, roll over, say good morning, and wonder, “What is going to break today?” There are few things you can count on in this world, my friends, but I can promise you this: on a boat, there is always something advancing along the ‘breaking’ continuum. …Read More
The Papillon crew is a family divided at the moment. While the girls and I visit long-lost friends and relatives, Erik is on the boat, hard at work welding fuel tanks and replacing swage fittings. It is a little disconcerting to be so far apart after 2.5 years of togetherness. The girls and I miss him. But I also worry. Because I get emails like this:
But, leaving hard-working husbands to their own devices, it has been fun to be “home” again – although, as Indy tells everyone, this is not home – she lives on a boat. …Read More
Rainy days are always a treat on board. Well, okay. Rainy days in the tropics are a treat,because it is warm outside. Rainy days in, oh, I don’t know, New Zealand, when it’s Christmas and it’s freezing and your in-laws are visiting and a gale is blowing and the anchorage is too bumpy to take the dinghy to land and you’re all stuck below decks for five days and all you do is cook and peel excited children off the ceiling and cook and brew more tea and cook and cook… those days aren’t my number one choice. But warm + rainy = fun.…Read More
(Alassio, Italy)- During the International Offshore Week, a classic Spring event that starts off the summer sailing season, the first of the Italian J/70 Circuit regattas took place. The interest has been high for J/70s in Italy and the fleet is having a lot of fun for many of them who were competing for the first time.
In the first regatta off Allasio, it was a closely fought race with Carlo Alberini the winner and Beppe Zavanone taking second overall.
The second regatta of J/70 Italian Circuit will be organized at YC San Remo from 24-27 April. Many J/70s are already present practicing for the weekend regatta. The regatta expects teams from Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia and Monaco On 24th April, J/Boats Italy is hosting a “J/70 day” for all sailors interested in discovering more about the boat.…Read More
One of the more common questions I get about life aboard is, “How do you make it all fit?” That’s easy. Step one: prioritize. We follow a simple space allocation formula on Papillon. I’ll draw you a pie chart.
|A place for everything, and everything in its place. Provided it is boat related, otherwise it’s out.|
As I am (loudly) reminded every time we run out of something, I am the Provisioning Officer aboard. We have lots of locker space so dry goods don’t present an issue, but I did used to think my fridge and freezer were too small. But when we were in Cartagena, Erik ripped them out and made them even smaller! …Read More