Monday, May 23, 2011

Ramshackle Sea Unit

Eric has sailing blood in his veins. His maternal grandfather lived on a boat for part of his life. Pretty much since I met Eric, he's been talking about taking some sailing lessons & getting certified to charter a boat.

After about two months of lessons, that day arrived. Eric passed his last test. We chartered a boat for the day and headed out of Marina del Rey. This was my first ever sailing experience, although I've been on plenty of boats in my life. Eric had to navigate the busy weekend marina on his own.

We sailed north past Santa Monica. Feeling the wind and the keel of the boat is very exciting.

Captain Eric let me take the helm in the open water. By the time we headed back to Marina del Rey, I had a better understanding about how to tack & was able to crew a bit more than on our way out.

Eric's dream of sailing and making the time to learn the craft is such a great benefit to our family. I find it interesting how following your passions can have positive reverberations outside of yourself.


  1. Thanks for posting this! We love to sail, and love to hear of others sailing. I cannot express the joy of ghosting along in absolute silence powered only by nature.

  2. Kevin, I look forward to seeing the Backyard Ecosystem Sea Unit!

  3. Julia,
    Thank you for your kind words.

    We have some very exciting plans in that regard but for now it is the Backyard Ecosystem Lake Unit! Perhaps Sunburn Unit would be more accurate.

  4. Yeah! that looks awesome. what a great thing to teach the boys.


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