Monday, October 14, 2013

Back on the Water

It has been awhile since our last sail. In fact, we haven't been sailing since moving to our new location. Many factors have contributed to us remaining at dock (weather, work, health, etc.), but the main reason is, of course, Helina.

Although Helina is an incredibly patient and well behaved baby (biased? me???), at the end of the day, she is a baby (well, she's a toddler now), and as such, she doesn't understand the concept of lazing about in the cockpit for hours at a time. Quite the opposite. From the moment she wakes until the moment she sleeps, Helina is buzzing around all over the place like a little maniac, and as you might suspect, sailing with her isn't exactly enjoyable (for any of us). When we're on the water, one of us (usually me) is tasked with the responsibility of wrangling Helina, entertaining Helina, encouraging Helina to behave, comforting Helina, feeding Helina, changing Helina, singing to Helina, and coaxing Helina to sleep. While I'm consumed by all things Helina, Eric is responsible for operating the boat. Although it is quite possible to single hand Sea Gem, should anything go wrong, it isn't as though I can plop Helina down and assist. Throw a few guests into the mix and you have yourself a stressful afternoon. Needless to say, we haven't been sailing for awhile.

Both Eric and I have been itching to get back on the water, but Eric was reluctant to go for a sail without an extra set of hands, while I, on the other hand, was reluctant to subject any of our friends to the lunacy of being trapped in a cockpit with a 1 year old. So, we invited our family to join us for a sail.

As we exited our slip, Helina was in good spirits--rested and enjoying a light lunch.

As we made our way through the channel, Helina entertained herself (and others) from the comfort and safety of her little chair.

As we emerged from the channel and headed south into the bay, Helina demanded to be let out of her chair. I secured her life vest and braced for a tantrum. After a brief objection, Helina calmed down and settled in at the helm.

Captain Serious
So that Helina could feel a bit more free while confined within the cockpit, we tied a line to her life jacket, so she could roam, yet still be kept at bay.

Tied Up
Unfortunately, the leash/life jacket/diaper combo resulted in an atomic wedgie (of sorts) for Helina, but for the most part, she didn't seem bothered by her leash (or the obnoxious wedgie).

Happy Sailor
Overall, Helina had a good day on the water, as did the rest of our crew.

Jumping for Joy
Were there tantrums? Yes. Was there stress? Yes. But, the good moments outweighed the bad ones, which means more frequent excursions are likely in our future.

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