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port out starboard home

My husband IGing. His first foray into the social media world. (He’s not on Facebook and he’s the most well adjusted person I’ve ever met.)

Early morning departure from Dana Point Harbor


Exploring Isthmus Cove

  A moment with Maliea and her prince

Maliea dressed up for dinner every night.


A live performance and ukulele music on the lido deck.


Dad pointing out a huge Rock Cod. “It looked right at me!”

I could do an entire series on this vintage Snoopy life jacket!

Fourth of July Cove and Yacht Club


The slick of a blue whale just 30 feet off our port side.



If you don’t know, posh (Elegant, swanky, rich.) is believed to be an acronym for ‘Port out, starboard home’.

[‘Port out, starboard home’ might be rather a strange inclusion on a website about phrases, for, as we shall see, it isn’t much of a phrase at all. The much-repeated tale is that ‘Posh’ derives from the ‘port out, starboard home’ legend supposedly printed on tickets of passengers on P&O (Peninsula and Orient) passenger vessels that travelled between UK and India in the days of the Raj. Another version has it that PO and SH were scrawled on the steamer trunks used on the voyages, by seamen when allocating cabins.

Britain and India are both in the northern hemisphere so the port (left-hand side) berths were mostly in the shade when traveling out (easterly) and the starboard ones when coming back. So the best and most expensive berths were POSH, hence the term.  A very plausible and attractive explanation and it would be nice to be able to confirm it. The belief was widespread enough in 1968 for it to have been included in the lyrics of the song ‘Posh’ in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. —-The Phrase Finder]

And it’s exactly how I FEEL our life is even though in reality it isn’t.

We aren’t wealthy.

We don’t roll in the dough.

We make do with what we have and pinch all our pennies. I have the kids picking up every penny they see for the S/V Kitty or “sailing vessel kitty” (our boat savings). Last week they set up a lemonade stand to “make money to buy our boat.” We are saving relentlessly for a bigger boat that will accommodate the four of us. One that will take us safely around the world.

We spent our summer living on the Riddle family boat—the boat my husband grew up on. The Downeaster 38′ cutter rigged sloop also sailed my husband and I from San Diego to French Polynesia and up to Hawaii in 2000-2001. It was on this trip that we learned a lot about each other. It was this trip that changed our lives and started us both on a completely new path. It’s this same boat that we recently sailed to Catalina with the kids so they can experience, little by little, the cruising life.

Zoom to today and we are raising our kids ‘on the water.’ Surfing, swimming, sailing and all ocean related activities are the norm for us. We are basically conditioning our kids to be comfortable on the water, in the water, under the water and with the water surrounding them 24/7.

It is truly our passion. It is probably a grander passion for me than photography which is saying that it’s over the moon for me. Surfing and sailing are the two things that make my heart pound faster. Nothing can compare. Not even photography. Photography is something I just want to do and get better at. Surfing and sailing are a lifestyle.

And here is our last year’s summer adventure on the boat.



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    September 23, 2012

    Swoon. Love Catalina. I really want you to do an water series with my two boys next summer – will plan ahead! We have a boat too, and they love the ocean – paddling, surfing, you name it. I need to get that underwater housing!

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    Carrie Geddie

    September 23, 2012

    Wow, these images are incredible, personal, heartfelt. And the bonus is that I get to see pieces of my home through your lens. Thanks. 🙂

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    September 24, 2012

    i enjoyed each and every frame so much … i wanted to jump into my screen many times. keep inspiring the world with your story!!