Category: How We Learn
Women tell us how they have learned the skills they need to sail and cruise.
The captain put me in charge of getting us from point A to point B. I was responsible for upping anchor, route planning, navigating and dropping the hook at our destination.
My cruising life started and nearly ended in 2007. It just wasn’t what I thought or hoped it would be.
It was clear: never darken the [...]
Testing our fuel tank sender float
It’s a shame that more girls aren’t trained as marine mechanics because, frankly, with the tiny spaces one has to maneuver in to work on a boat, most men, with their big, cumbersome frames, just aren’t built for it.
The job we tackled on Monday, after putting off boat work to [...]
Everything I Needed to Know to Go Cruising …
… I learned from my mom.
No, she wasn’t a cruiser, a sailor, a diesel mechanic or an electrician. Those skills would have been helpful, but not as helpful as what she did teach [...]
“Wow! How did you end up doing that?!“
These are the words I’ve come to expect from new acquaintances after telling them what I do for a living.
I’m a North-American woman in my late twenties, and for the last several years I’ve worked on and off on tall ships, mostly doing education work with youth. Right [...]
I spent last winter in Miami, Florida working and saving for my next big sail.
My goal was to sail to the Bahamas, spend some time exploring the sandy beaches and shallow banks, and then head north, offshore, bound for Martha’s Vineyard. I had summer plans for sailing on schooners in Maine and the Vineyard.
But having [...]
I have learned from many sailors over the years, but none so much as the years I spent in the cockpit of my father’s ‘old classic woodies’ on the Great Lakes.
Being the youngest of 5 and having lost my mother to her nursing career, I tagged along behind the Captain (my father) and learned by [...]
“Tonto he was smart, one day said Kemosabe, Kiss my ass I bought a boat, I’m going out to sea.” Lyle Lovett’s, If I had a Boat
I could not wait to make this the ring tone on my phone, and I did November 20, 2009 as the selling broker and I were bringing ‘my’ [...]
In September of 2009, Debbie Leisure wrote here on the Women and Cruising Blog about how she learned to single-hand her boat after the death of her husband. At the end of the post Debbie said that she planned to sail to the Bahamas this winter. So we recently asked Debbie to update [...]
My first sail was on May 24th 1999, I was 41 years old.
My husband had sailed from the time he was a young boy, starting off in dinghies. We had purchased Thetis, a Halcyon 23, restored her and were now ready to sail.
There was one small problem: her engine was [...]
I don’t know why I’m terrified of water.
It’s not as though I have memories of any tragic or traumatic moment in my life, such as I’ve heard others tell when detailing their fear of the deep.
In fact, I remember a few family outings as a child to Terracina or Sabaudia or even San Felice (Italy) [...]
In December 1992 I answered one more personal ad in the “Columbus Monthly” magazine, a glossy trendy publication in Columbus, Ohio. I responded by writing a note, as it was before Internet dating and instant gratification. Don called me after receiving that note.
What I did not understand at first was that he was [...]
I learned to sail with my husband.
We took lessons together, chartered boats together, bought our first boat together, and then our next boat—the one in which to go cruising.
I learned my “things” and he learned his. We tried to cross-train, and sometimes it worked.
It wasn’t until he died suddenly, a couple [...]