The Springetts’ catamaran “Tiare” (which means “flower” in Polynesian) anchored off a floating village in Thailand
There are some difficulties, too. Our days and decisions are dictated by the weather. In bad weather you need to stay inside regardless of whether you want to or not. And while sailing, power and water usage are limited, so we’ve learned to appreciate and conserve energy and water.
Our eldest son Thomas is 15 years old. He’s doing IGCSE English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Business Studies with Wolsey Hall Oxford while we sail. It’s great to have a course manager to provide assignment schedules, which encourages Thomas to organise his study plans – his time management has really improved.
We’ve had to learn to prepare and plan ahead for interruptions to our Internet access due to sailing. We print out or download whatever materials are needed for a sailing period before departure. So far, we haven’t come across many difficulties, as mobile Internet coverage is amazingly good and we can use email even when at sea.
Thomas enjoys the lifestyle. He misses his friends in New Zealand; however, we’ve been lucky enough to meet other youngsters quite often and they get on well. And his younger brother John, 12, has also recently begun taking courses with Wolsey Hall Oxford – he’s taking KS3 English, Maths and Science.”