Of course my Dad had been in the Navy...
... but when we three children became teenagers Mum and Dad decided we should all have sailing lessons, with the hope of gaining an interest in a hobby we could all share. It worked and the whole family took to sailing. This is Dad sailing with my brother Andrew.
The main holiday of the year became the Menai Strait Regatta. There was soon a fleet of family boats. This was Kevin and I in our first boat:
Of course when Kevin first got to know the family he was not at all interested in sailing. In fact he vowed not to get involved. Too much talk all the time about sailing! It didn't last!
There were always sailors and shore party!
To get back to the story though, we eventually got a 'big boat'. This was fitted out on our driveway in Sheffield until it was towed over to Anglesey and launched. This was around 40 years ago. I was heavily pregnant with our son Tom. Dad was pretty concerned as he and I were left on the boat while Kevin and Mum went off in the tender and they got stuck in the mud. What might happen? I don't think he looked that worried in this picture, where he is lying in a pipe cot.
While the kids were younger my sister Liz and I would be onshore with the kids while 'the men' would be sailing.
Eventually all our kids became sailors. Maybe because they were introduced to it at an early age! This is Sophie's first trip on a boat (with Mum) when she was 8 days old.