Category: First Cruise/First passage

Women talk about their first cruise

First Cruise/First passage, STORIES

The Shakedown Cruise


So here it is… finally – our shakedown cruise!

After 22 months of upgrades, projects, renovations, busted knuckles, bloodied toes, cursing, drinking, more cursing and drinking, we are as ready as we’re going to be. We are going somewhere, people!!

Our cast of characters includes my husband, Captain Ken, the First Mate (me), Ken’s teenage son (Ken …Read more

First Cruise/First passage

First-timer account of offshore sailing


This article was first published on Sailing Phoenix, Marie Raney’s blog.

What’s it really like to go offshore?

A delight of dolphins!

I have been a sailor all my life, but only started cruising in 2001. I grew up racing in small open boats, windsurfing, and day sailing. Years later when my husband proposed …Read more

First Cruise/First passage, Sharing Our Stories

My first Atlantic crossing ... aboard Sea Dragon with a crew of 13 women


Photo: Cornell Sailing

How did a middle-aged cruising sailor, mother and psychologist, end up in the company of 13 incredible women who set sail aboard a Sea Dragon to cross an ocean? Not literally a Sea Dragon, but the Sea Dragon, a research sailing vessel operated by Pangaea Explorations. It …Read more

First Cruise/First passage, Lessons Learned

Tale of a gale: A novice sailor’s adventure


A couple of years ago when my husband gave me a copy of Beth Leonard’s book, “Following Seas”, with the caveat that I probably shouldn’t read the first chapter, I might have known that sailing would have some adventures in store. But our story started long before that; it really started 8 years ago on Long Island …Read more

First Cruise/First passage

My first sailing experience


“No problem! It’s cool!”

My naive enthusiasm and cluelessness must have been painfully obvious to my boyfriend Ken (now my husband – so you know this story has a happy ending)… He had been on the water his whole life: surfing, boating, sailing, diving, even his day job involves him being on a boat most of the …Read more

First Cruise/First passage, Relationships & Roles Aboard

My first time on a sailing boat - or why women don’t want to go sailing with their husbands


When I was told that I could easily wear my brand new Jimmy Choo stilettos on a sailing holiday, I agreed to go

“You poor thing!”, an American girl said to me, when I told her about the conditions under which I lived on my boyfriend’s 30 foot sailing boat. And I was close to agree …Read more

Fears and Worries, First Cruise/First passage

Adventures of a once reluctant sailor


Ready to go

In 2007, my husband Wayne and I traveled from Bayfield, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior to Punta Gorda, Florida, on our Island Packet 445 sailboat. We chose the long route, which took us through the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Canadian Maritime provinces, a trip of about five thousand miles.

I had absolutely no intention …Read more

First Cruise/First passage

First cruising adventure: Our best and worst moments


Thoughts on my First Cruising Adventure:  Panama Canal Transit and Pacific Coast of Central America and Mexico in our 72 foot steel sail boat, Ironbarque in June 2008

Sharing a moment on the Chagris River (Panama)


Ironbarque started life as one of the boats built to race around the world in the Southern Ocean as part …Read more

First Cruise/First passage

Ellen Sanpere: My first real cruise

Cayenne III

In 1998, we purchased our first real cruising boat, sailed quickly from Tortola to Venezuela, and began converting her to a floating palace.

We figured it would take just the four months left in the hurricane season to make the boat perfect, then we’d cruise back to St.Croix for the winter.

Tony and I each had over …Read more