For most of 2011, the Totem swabbies didn't have any other children on boats around them. It was one of our big motivators for moving up to Brisbane, and it's played out even better than we imagined.
Foremost was the girls' reunion with Maia. When they parted ways in Mexico in 2010, Siobhan sobbed for her loss as we headed out to sea...and that's saying something, because as cruising kids they become adjusted to the different vectors that other boats travel on. They slid right back into the groove of their friendship as if it had only been a few days, not 22 months! There are many happy scenes like this:
Now we don't just have a boat-kid crew, we have a posse! Nine in our marina. Four more around the bend at the Botanic Garden pile moorings.
Suddenly, our dinghies have become minivans... all they need are a dozen cupholders and seats that collapse.
Jamie with the kid crews of Totem, Ceilydh and Hadar
Evan brings the kids back from a shore run