I am totally appalled at the one sided and completely ignorant news coverage concerning the rescue at sea of our internet friends aboard the s/v RebelHeart. We have not seen any of the TV coverage just the stuff being posted on the internet and the amount of blatant untruths that are being spread about sailing and particularly sailing with children is shocking and disturbing!
I think Torre DeRoche, author of the Fearful Adventurer blog does a good job of summing the situation up:
"All the people who never had the courage to live their dreams and do something meaningful and inspired with their lives are having a field day right now. Charlotte dared to do something amazing with her family, which evokes furious jealousy in those who are committed to living out fear-ridden and inane existences. But oh how delicious it feels to those types when the dreamers fall down. "See?" they say. "The easy and mediocre choices we made were the right ones." Well, congratulations on being resentful, lazy, dull and ignorant. May you stew in your own toxic juices while the rest of us keep on living inspired and daring lives, unafraid of your bitter judgements. More ocean, adventure and genuine achievement for the rest of us to enjoy. We're all on the same journey towards death, but some of us will discover more joy and mind-blowing dimensions to life before we're six feet under. Cheers to my fellow adventurers. Stay strong and united." - Torre DeRoche (fearfuladventurer.com)
Why is everyone so quick to jump on the bandwagon and judge people they do not even know and accuse them of being bad people/parents when they do not know the entire story? Rebel Heart was a well prepared boat with a crew (mom and dad) that carefully planned this voyage with safety for their girls guiding the planning.
The boat kids we have met so far are some of the happiest, most articulate and confident kids we have ever seen -- clearly their parents are doing something right.