Saturday, February 22, 2014
Struggling mightily in so many ways to keep up with Tillerman, I have finally made progress in one area, although it should have little effect on my boat handling skills.
I have finally become a grandfather! Gabriel was born a few days ago and although I have not yet had the pleasure of making his acquaintance, I am already thinking about how and when I can take him out on a Laser and then introduce him to his very own Optimist. Neither of his parents is a sailor so I am sure they will welcome my taking care of these critically important tasks for them.
What age is best to start him sailing ? I quick look on Google tells me that most babies can sit up, and also hold a toy (tiller?) around 6 - 8 months - is that the right time, or should I wait a month or so when he will be able to hike a bit more? How can I adjust the toe straps to accommodate his short legs? Will the padding of his diapers be a help or hindrance to proper hiking?
How soon will he be able to sail faster than his grandfather?