Alas, she was right. My wife and 14-year-old stepson are happy to go out sailing for a warm afternoon on flat water, but for them, the fun stops with the first waves. This wouldn't be their kind of day. Kate, on the other hand, has been joining me on sailboat outings ever since she was an infant; now, at 6, she's an all-weather companion, and when this trip came together, I wanted to give her a taste of Caribbean sailing. Granted, it meant pulling her out of school for a stretch, but fortunately her teacher was hip to the benefits. Mrs. Grinnell sent Kate off with a notebook, a brand-new box of colored pencils, and instructions on the kinds of stories to bring back to her class.