Not my kids, of course, but we did have kids on the boat for the first time, today. My friends Matt & Missy and their two sons came out for a quick trip around the buoys. We went out to 6, turned around, and then hooked around 9, for a nice run back into the creek.
While we were coming back through the bridge we saw Larry out for a sail on his Pearson 35, Miss Gracie. I will have the picture burned into my memory forever, but I really would have loved to have a camera on me as we passed each other. Here's the scene: Miss Gracie in perfect trim under jib and jigger, Larry standing at the shrouds, and look at that, Laurence being all salty at the wheel (with a far off gleam in his eye, dreaming of South Pacific islands).
Dylan and Jason were a salty crew: Jason, who is about 4, kept a watchful eye out for boats under the jib and made sure we didn't hit the bridge when we went underneath. Dylan, about 8, helped steer and helped trim the jib. He also kept a watchful eye out to windward when he sat on the rail. It's always good to sail with good, steady crew.