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Elly Grin answers kids’ questions about life on a sailboat | CBC Kids News

September 11, 2019


Bringing in the Genoa. Man: See you right there, Elly. [waves crashing] ♪ ♪ So my dad is a crazy sailor
with big hair, and my mom is my mom. ♪ ♪ Hi, Elly. We are grade five
and six classes from the junior high school–
from the province of Quebec in Canada. We learned about your family’s
boat trip onCBC Kids News,and by reading your book about
your trip in the Galapagos. Today we like like to
ask you some questions to know more about
your amazing daily life. ♪ ♪ First, we’d like to know what is your favourite country
from all those you’ve visited, and why? It was probably Indonesia
because we had a lot of different adventures
in different places, like my diving certification,
or climbing 13 hours to get to the top
of a live volcano to watch the sunrise, or hiking with komodo dragons and playing with
orangutans and monkeys. [laughing] ♪ ♪ Communicating with the people
you meet must be hard sometimes. How many languages do you speak? I only am fluent in English, but I’m learning French,
Portuguese, Thai, and Spanish, and many local languages
are a mixture. I’m pretty good at charades. It’s communicating
with body language, you’re kind of guessing what
the other person is saying in body language. ♪ ♪ And what do you prefer about
living on the boat? Being visited by all the
animals, especially dolphins. Look at those!
They’re swimming together! Those two right there. ♪ ♪ Also, can you tell us about one
of your favourite memories? One of my favourite
memories was probably swimming and bathing all
the elephants in Thailand, or swimming with
the whales in Tonga. ♪ ♪ Life on the same boat must be
difficult sometimes. Did your boat ever broke? If so, how did you fix it? Oh, yeah. It breaks a little bit every
day, and me and my dad have to figure out
how to fix it. Most of the time it’s
an adventure to find the tools and parts to
fix what’s broken, and we work
together everywhere, from the very
top of the mast, to the bottom of the boat
to fix what’s not working. ♪ ♪ What is the most dangerous about
your life on a sailboat? And how do you manage it? One of the most dangerous
things I’d say would be the weather
while you’re sailing. So you gotta
watch the weather, and make sure that sails are
reduced when needed. And you could see all of the
storm clouds that bring a lot of wind, and rain,
and lightning. ♪ ♪ Thank you so much for listening. We hope you had a
nice trip to set sail, and that you enjoy
your summer in Ontario. Thank you for interviewing me
and buying my book. I hope you have a great summer. ♪ ♪

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