Dad's the word when it comes to boating passion
It's Father's Day as I write this. I'm full to the gunwales with bacon, eggs and orange juice, burping like a trooper but lookin' the business in my new T shirt.
Being a dad is the greatest job in the world but also an important one. Whether intentionally or by osmosis, you tend to ignite the passions that your kids will harbour for the rest of their lives.
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It could be footy, motorbikes, camping or music. In my case, I was plonked in a boat when I was five years old, and not a day has since passed when I haven't silently thanked my father for his foresight.
Growing up, we'd spend hours together on the water. Every school holiday would find us in some coastal hamlet, boat bobbing at anchor, fishing rods and surfboards on the veranda.
I can recall it all – the rowing lessons, the moment I first started an outboard, the first time I got to steer. It created a bond with the sea that led, fortuitously, to a career.
It's Dad's legacy. The ‘thing' he gave me.
I'm now seeing it in my own children. They've both been aboard boats since they were newborns and taken to it like ducks to water. Steering a dinghy, rowing, skurfing – whatever – is second nature to them.
If there's anything better than being on the water yourself, it's seeing your flesh and blood enjoying the great outdoors as much as you do.
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