sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation

'Britican, an Oyster 56 - it won’t be a hard life'    .

One of the delights of sailing around the world is the children that you meet - not the children in the local ports, but the children on boats who are home-schooled, socially skilled, intellectually advanced, responsible and mature beyond their years. However, this is not widely known among 'land lubbers' which is why British/American sailors Kim and Simon Brown are having such a hard time.

Britican - Kim and Sienna Brown -  .. .  
As widely reported this week in the mainstream press, American sailor Kim Brown, 39 and her British husband Simon, 47, have faced criticism for potentially putting their toddler in danger by taking her on their three-year, round-the-world sail.

The Browns, in their ten-year-old 56ft Oyster, Britican (a cross between 'British' and 'American'), are setting off from Gibraltar this week to sail around the Mediterranean before making the 2,700nm Atlantic crossing in November to reach the Caribbean.

Aside from going on annual flotilla holidays with SunSail, Kim and Simon didn't get serious about sailing until they purchased their first yacht, Selene, a 346 Moody in 2011. Moored on the south coast of England, in Port Solent, the Browns were able to increase their sailing skills by practicing in one of the busiest waterways in the world - The Solent.

They plan to educate their daughter, Sienna, during their travels and say that yes, their yacht will be stocked with medical supplies in case of an emergency.

However, writing on her website, Kim said she feels there has been an air of condemnation about their decision to take a young child on such a long voyage.

She has written: 'People ask, 'Is it safe for you to sail to certain locations with your daughter? Will she wear a life jacket? Can she swim?'

'And then we get a few questions regarding health risks such as, 'What happens if Sienna gets sick? What will you do if she needs medical attention? What if she gets malaria?'

'For the most part I think people are genuinely interested, but I can’t help but feel that some of the questions are asked with a tone of condemnation.

'Friends and family can’t say, or don’t have the courage to say, 'are you crazy - how irresponsible can you get?'

'Of course, I could be way off the mark on this, but I sometimes feel judged when people shout at me, 'But what about your child?''

Oyster 56, long range cruising yacht, showing her pace -  .. .  


The couple gave up their jobs and sold their six-bedroom house in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to buy the yacht and fund their three-year trip.

Simon, who is originally from London, had been working as a PE teacher while Kim started up two successful currency exchange and property businesses. US-born Kim grew up in New York state and regularly went boating on Lake Ontario.

Once they are away from the furore that taking their three-year-old on their voyage has engendered, they will come across other long range cruisers, and will find that there are many, many children benefiting from their years at sea with their parents.

Bon Voyage to the Browns from Sail-World Cruising!


by Nancy Knudsen


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=120439

9:57 PM Tue 25 Mar 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World































Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,




































ISAF Sailing Worlds – Live broadcast - Medal races
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5
WMRT Chicago Match Cup 2014 – GAC Pindar through to the semi-finals
Bart’s Bash 2014 at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Victoria Harbour
Bart's Bash: First event in at Wakatere in New Zealand
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander 2014 - AUS Laser and 470 Medals + video
2014 Patriot Regatta - U.S. Coast Guard team wins
2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 9 highlights
2014 Etchells North American Championship – Day 2
Chicago Match Cup - Top four tour teams tackle tomorrow in semi-finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 49er and Nacra 17 world titles claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day   
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights   
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off   
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1   
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight   
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT