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Sailing - Eight Weeks Later

We went sailing on Sunday. Exactly eight weeks prior we went sailing as well and when we got back to the dock my water broke and we had our little Cora the next morning. So much has changed in those eight weeks and yet there we were, out on the water, doing what we love to do. Eric invited his friend and coworker, Justin, to help crew and I'm so glad he did. Justin showed up at 10:00 and I was still in my pajamas and had just finished nursing Cora. Lucky for us though, we are liveaboards, which meant that Eric and Justin got us underway while I made breakfast, got changed and took care of the little one. It's amazing when your home is a floating boat!


Justin was a fine crew member. I admired his calm demeanor. I recognized the sailing vocabulary he used as we have both taken sailing courses at J World in San Diego. He was knowledgeable and helpful and I can't wait to sail with him, and hopefully his fiancée Laura, again soon.

For the first two hours Cora stayed below napping. Here she is sandwiched between two soft blankets so she didn't roll around in the heavy swells past the Point. 

I also stayed below and cooked some hard boiled eggs to snack on and some quinoa for a salad for lunch. It was really nice to have a galley belt as once were past the Point the swells were intense and could have sent me flying. With the belt I could work in the galley safely.

Our stove gimballs (can move following the motion of the ship,) You may be able to see what I mean in the picture above.  

At noon Cora awoke and was ready to eat and see the action topsides. This was lucky for me because I was starting to get seasick and needed some fresh air and to cast my eyes on the horizon (a well known way to calm seasickness.)

For the next two hours Cora and I stayed in the cockpitfor the return voyage up San Diego Harbor. She stayed tucked in my Moby nursing. Here is a shot of me using the Moby's breastfeeding hold. She was thoroughly covered in blankets the whole time; I just whipped them off to take this shot for the blog! 

All in all, it was a wonderful day on the water. 

Reader Comments (3)

Thanks to Eric. I appreciate your seamanship and the care you show for Charlotte and Cora. What an exciting life the three of you have created for yourselves.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dad

How fun is that! I know Justin had an amazing time, thanks so much for inviting him! I am amazed at how you three make a beautiful life living aboard. I can't wait to experience a sail with you guys next time! Thanks for sharing!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlaura (the fiance)

Awesome, sailing with a newborn. I love it. thanks for the photos and the concrete way you share the details of cooking etc. I love my gimboled stove too.

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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