Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Feb-Mar 2015
skipper 000 time for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in August 2014. The shipping container carrying this new family prize arrived in Australia on July 1st. The race to get to the race was on. Chris sailed Miss Minx from Sydney to Hamilton Island but was still missing three important sails that were delivered just two days before race week. Then Lauren remembered – the Battle flag. THE BaTTLE FLaG “We’d seen a lot out there that weren’t very inspiring so we wanted a battle flag that stood out. We chose a tough chick in heels and a hot pink bikini.” They found a cartoon of a Lara Croft-like goddess, and sent it to an Adelaide company, but it wasn’t shipped on time. Serendipity kicked in and just as Lauren was leaving the driveway for her Hamilton Island flight, a DHL courier arrived. Chris adds, “years ago, Hamilton Island Race Week used to be a larrikin’s trip away. Some feel it’s become too corporate so we thought we’d bring sexy back and a hot well-endowed brunette might do it. This was confirmed with dozens of other yacht owners complimenting our minx.” THE BIG REVEaL Eventually, it was time to tell the kids the truth. “We had a family dinner at Plonk on the Wharf,” explains Chris. “I said I was going to the bathroom but instead, I went out and lit up Miss Minx like a Christmas tree then ran back to the family. After dinner I announced we were going for a walk along the wharf. As we got closer to the boat, I had a sneaky remote control to make the swim platform come down. Then I said, wow! Let’s get on board and have a look. The kids freaked out. “No daddy – it’s not our boat. We’ll get arrested.’’ Chris had to physically lift all four children onto the boat. Lauren adds, “I was nearly in tears trying to suppress my laughter. Then I asked them – do you like this boat? And they said, “yes, we’d love to have a boat like this.” Then Lauren announced, “well, guess what? It’s yours!” Dead silence. So Lauren spelled it out for them. “It’s our boat.” The kids went wild with enough screaming to scratch paintwork then ran around to claim their beds. “Chris and I looked at each other knowing that this had made it all worthwhile.” SHaRING THE LOVE Chris and Lauren share the love beyond family and offer day trips on Miss Minx to various charities. This includes all drinks and food – and the couple crew it themselves for the successful bidder. Their target each year is to raise $30,000 for charity. aLL aBOUT LIFESTyLE Lauren is very clear on the healthy benefits Miss Minx offers their family. “Kids today are so over- programmed with dance classes, homework, and social activities. They don’t get much time to kick back and relax. When we go sailing, for the first couple of days, the kids are a little anxious as they feel compelled to be doing something. Then they get into the groove of not doing anything. We watch them take naps, lounge around, and read books now more than ever, and a great sense of tranquility comes over them. As adults, we know we need it and we see how much our kids need it too. “They all enjoy fishing, paddle- boarding, they take the dinghy to beaches to collect shells and do as much snorkeling as they can.” Chris says they aren’t as keen as dad on the sailing part of it – yet – but they all have a go at steering. So, where to next? “Back to The Whitsundays.” for the Thorpe family, Miss Minx is more than a sailing boat and a versatile holiday home of any address they choose to drop anchor, it’s a way of life. She hosts boys’ weekends away with Chris’s mates and associates, girls’ nights out for Lauren and friends and memorable family adventures on the high seas. “She’s part of the family now. one day, we might look to upgrade but right now, what we have is perfect.” Contact Miss Minx on Instagram @cruisinginstyle if you would like to auction a day cruise for charity. ISLAND TIME Lots of space for the children to unwind from everyday life and have fun was a very important part of the design of Miss Minx.
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