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⇑⇓PREPARING OUR CHILDREN TO BE ADAPTERS Latitude asked readers for opinions on whether parents, such as Eric and Charlotte Kaufman of the Hans Christian 36 Rebel Heart, should go bluewater cruising with children as young as the couple's one- and threeyear -old daughters. Many years ago my wife Karen and I circumnavigated on an engineless Columbia 24, and in the process our son Falcon was born in Malta. Mind you, this was after his pregnant mother and The Riley family circumnavigated in 'Beau So- I fought the strong leil' after circumnavigating in a Columbia 24. headwinds of the Red Sea. We left Malta after just 10 days, as it was getting cold. We cruised the Med, the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and then transited the Canal when Falcon was 14 months old. We continued on to Hawaii, where we sold the boat, bought a bigger boat, and did another circumnavigation with our still-young son. Did we do something bad? Were we irresponsible? I don't think so. We and hundreds like us sail(ed) around the world's oceans without calling out for any help. Cruisers do it while home-schooling their children, and while teaching their children personal responsibility — a lesson seldom learned by their shore-born brethren. Growing up cruising gives kids a chance to grow exponentially more than in the structured environments on land. The truth is that parents who raise kids on boats are not the irresponsible ones; the irresponsible parents are those who raise their kids on land. You farm your children off to inadequate schools, you let them waste their childhood playing video games, and you teach them that good enough is Falcon doesn't look a job well done. Those who sail with their any worse for wear children think differently. We're preparing at the helm. our children for a new and different world. To be survivors, yes, but more importantly, to be adapters. If anyone is interested in what became of Falcon, they can buy The Education of Falcon on Amazon. It might open their eyes. Mike Riley Beau Soleil, Dickerson 41 Coronado / Whangarei
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anticipated. As the AGACE fiasco demonstrated, Mexico isn't perfect, but it's still the most popular country with U.S. emigrants. Here are the top five: 1) Mexico, 510,000; 2) Canada, 310,000; 3) Puerto Rico, 210,000; 4) United Kingdom, 190,000; 5) Germany, 120,000. 'Emigrants' are not to be confused with the number of American citizens living in Mexico at any given time. Nobody seems to know for sure, but the general estimates are between 600,000 and 1,000,000.
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Readers — We'll have more on the Riley family in the June issue. They have been cruising nonstop for decades on about $500 a month. "I don't know how most cruisers spend so much
The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.