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When my daughter sailed home

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3069
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

    At the European Optimist sailing championship in Strunjan, Slovenia, this June, 250 children from 40 countries competed for six days on the wide, wide sea. I was a proud “OptiMum” with two children in the Serbian national team. “Oppies” are the boats in which the world learns to sail. Children are captains of their own ship. Competing is about winning; but more importantly it is about gaining a love for sailing and learning life lessons.

    There we were, of all nationalities, waving our children off from the shore. I thought …

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