It was a big week aboard–not only did I complete my third decade of sailing by turning 30, but our son Porter Henry was born happy and healthy early Friday morning. The experience was nothing short of amazing and the little swab has already plotted our course north to the San Juan Islands and changed the engine oil. Not really, but I’m thinking about hanging a chart above his bed and Mom is keeping him well lubed.
The story of his birth does have a nice nautical twist though. Shortly before Jill’s water broke on Thursday afternoon I was at Starpath Navigation chatting with BWS columnist David Burch about barometers and weather; when we got to the hospital our nurse heard we lived-aboard and told us stories about sailing through the South Pacific aboard her family’s sailboat as a child, saying it was the most amazing experience of her life. Then, our next nurse asked if the barometer had dropped steeply during the day because that can cause an expectant mother’s water to break, which only happens 8% of the time anyway. Sure enough, the barometer had plummeted on Thursday into Friday and with it came the newest member of our crew!
Enjoy this week’s edition.