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Sailor defends parents after offshore rescue

Americans Eric and Charlotte Kaufman began what was supposed to be a months-long trip in a 36-foot sailboat from Mexico to New Zealand, taking along their daughters ages 1 and 3 on this sail to the South Pacific.

But a firestorm erupted when, on April 3, about 900 miles off Cabo San Lucas, the Kaufmans sent a distress signal due to a sick child and a crippled boat. After a rescue by the California Air National Guard and U.S. Navy, the national debate focused on the risks taken by the parents.

The incident brought back memories for Sean “Doogie” Couvreux, who these days can be found crewing on the mini Maxi 72 Bella Mente and Farr 40 Groovederci. But before Doogie was professional sailor, he was an infant sailor.

Click here to read the full essay in Sailing Scuttlebutt.