Have you ever considered Regatta Racing with a Baby on Board? Bringing your baby along on your sail racing adventures? A Family-Sized Thrill that is for sure.
Phuket Raceweek is held in beautiful Southern Phuket in Thailand.
Providing great entertainment and competitive activity for the entire family. Follow the race officers instructions, check the local charts sail safely. You can make sailing Phuket Raceweek a fun event for you and your family. It has been found that team sports can help children build self-confidence, develop more sophisticated communication skills, and work as a team.
Even at a young age regatta racing with a baby on board is not a bad idea. Children can pick up these valuable life skills. In this case, the risk may be worth the reward.
Keeping Your Baby Safe Above Deck
One of the easiest ways to ensure your child’s safety on board is by keeping the child with you in a baby carrier than can be strapped to a parent or to an easily accessible location on deck. Occasionally it may be safer to have your child out of harm’s way below decks. In this situation, monitoring your baby by video may be the easiest and best way to keep an eye on your child when all hands are needed.
Is Regatta Racing with a Baby on Board a good idea?
Obviously and probably not on a race boat like a TP52. However, if your child is older and more mobile the cruiser racing could be fun. Naturally, get them a harness and keep them ‘clipped on’ all the time. Along with a correctly fitted life Jacket.
Getting advice from other sailing-savvy families is a great way to discover innovative ideas for entertaining and making life fun for the younger members of your crew.
Steady on the Course
Knowing the courses and familiarising yourself with the area in which you are going to sail is invaluable. Especially when sailing in international – and probably unfamiliar – waters. Be sure to check out the sailing instructions for the course ahead of time too, so in the case of an emergency, you are not scrambling to figure out what to do.
Any steps that can be done ahead of time will save you time and energy during the race and will allow you to relax and enjoy the thrill of the race itself!
In Shore or Off-Shore
Planning for the worst can be daunting but you will never regret having steps in place to ensure the safety of your family during stormy seas. It may be a good idea to have a sailing-savvy friend or team that is ready to take over your sailing responsibilities in the case of rough weather. This way, you won’t have to divide your attention between sailing safely and keeping your child safe.
Sailing in a regatta together can be a wonderful bonding experience as long as it is done safely and thoughtfully. Phuket Raceweek could be an opportunity for you and your child to engage in one of Asia’s largest sailing regattas. Visit a beautiful landscape and encourage valuable life skills.
Your child will love being involved in such a breathtaking team endeavour and together you will gain confidence as a sea-faring family.
There is further information and a great article sailing with babies here
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