We made it out past the breakwater this past Sunday! It was definitely a watershed moment. Sails still haven't gone up but we're getting closer.
Noah decided he wanted to be in the cockpit as we left the marina, Camille was down below working on some project or another so she couldn't be bothered. As soon as we got past the breakwater, the chop started. Noah actually smiled and said, "it's like a roller coaster". Of course he's never actually been on a rollercoaster but I consider that an endorsement that the chop is fun.
But, after about 5 waves, he was done with it, got up and started below. I helped him down the companionway, watched him fall down unceremoniously once he got down below, the look confused and go lie down to wait out the rollercoaster.
Taking my cue, I did a remarkably agile U-turn and headed back in. Success was ours. Everyone was happy, Noah was proud of himself and we had done it. We had left the marina. This saga is not over but we are making incredible progress; my son will be a sailor some day.
The outing ended with a very very encouraging moment. I steered us to the dock, handed Camille the tiller, and went forward to jump off and tie us off; Camille helped steer the boat in, turned off the engine and helped me secure the boat. Next step is just to give her the tiller for docking. And maybe teach her the delicate art of fiberglass repair?!?