We first met Christopher and Molly Barnes and their two boys Porter and Jack eleven years ago when they stopped by to have a look at Morgan’s Cloud and talk about their plans to go voyaging when their boys were a bit older.
Since then we have watched with appreciation and not a little amazement as this very smart and motivated family have converted themselves from sailing neophytes to competent sailors who, as I write, are cruising South Georgia—one of the toughest cruising grounds in the world—as part of their circumnavigation of South America.
But I guess we should not be surprised at the speed with which they attained their goals since before getting the sailing bug they founded and ran a successful wilderness school for young people—these people get hard stuff done!
Not only do they write well, Christopher and Molly are also acknowledged experts on risk management.
They are also cruising with children, which brings a whole new aspect to AAC. In fact, that’s the subject of Christopher’s first article. Look for it in the next few days.
While you are waiting for Molly and Christopher’s debut article here at AAC, have a look at his TED talk on risk, you will be glad you did, and you will also learn a few of the reasons that we are so excited about this opportunity for all of us to get to know, and learn from, the Barnes family.