The best thing about other people’s children is giving them back at the end of the sailing course.

I’ve discovered several interesting things over the last eight days. Firstly, that I can still hang with and relate to kids aged between the ages of 11 and 16. Secondly, that having a pulling* crew catch an oar between a jetty pontoon and a rowlock then lose grip just as you are stood behind them is very painful as the momentum of the boat causes the oar to side swipe you into the bottom of the boat. Thirdly, that I am a pool Goddess when playing against 15 year olds. And finally, that kidney stones are excrutiatingly painful.

*Pulling is the Navy’s version of rowing.