In a past life I lived and sailed on a sailboat for 10 years with my husband and our two young boys aboard Cowabunga, our 42-foot “ketch” (two masts). We first moved on board in 1980 and set sail from Bordeaux, France, in 1982, arriving in Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco, California, in 1990.
Our boys, Sean and Brendan, were 3 years old and 5 months old when we set sail. We first moved on board when Sean was 1, and Brendan soon followed a week after his birth. The first time they ever lived in a house was when they were 11 and 8 years old, in a redwood log cabin, amongst the redwoods in Occidental, Sonoma County, California.
These are some vignettes of our life on board, and some of our travels. I will be posting more excerpts here, from time to time, from my future memoir.