01 September 2010

Sailing with Kids: a Few Short Videos

Tonight Mom was busy, so a few of the kids and I headed out for an evening sail. My 13 year old, 10 year old, and 8 year old came along, and we had a great time.

The winds were just right tonight, running 12-14 miles per hour, which is just enough to get up to 6 miles an hour sailing, heel the boat over comfortably, and give the kids a chance to hone their sailing skills.

I snapped the photo at right with my iphone 4, and then converted it to black and white using Adobe's Photoshop mobile version for smart phones. The whole process took about 60 seconds, including emailing the picture to some friends.

As is typical, the kids love to play the soundtrack from Pirates of the Caribbean on the boats stereo while we sail. When you watch the accompanying videos you will hear the music as if it were dubbed in. But no, that's the real thing you are hearing, Yaaarrrgh!.

My daughter spent the evening at the helm, and did a wonderful job. She is starting to get a 'feel' for when the wind shifts, without having to watch the windex all the time. For a while tonight she even laid down on the cockpit bench to steer - primarily because she forgot her sunglasses.

Its really a shame the kids have school in the morning, because it would be a great night to sail to one of the other marinas on Utah Lake and spend the night. Oh well, maybe next time.

The videos will give a little glimpse of what it is like to sail with this hearty crew, "poop deck" jokes and all...

And finally, one more short video panning around the boat. Notice the waves that get whipped up on the lake.  Utah Lake is an exciting place to sail.  Not quite as balmy as our sailing in the British Virgin Islands, but fun nonetheless.