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WOW x 2! Adding Another Women’s Offshore Course! thumbnail

WOW x 2! Adding Another Women’s Offshore Course!

Frankly, I’m blown away by the response to the first WOW (Women’s Offshore Week) sailing course that I’m running with Meg of OceanRacers.net! Just a brief announcement on this blog and on social media has resulted in almost filing up not one, but two courses! By the time I turned up to the Annapolis Boat Show in October, I’d already… Read more

LADIES! SAIL WITH ME IN THE BAHAMAS! thumbnail

LADIES! SAIL WITH ME IN THE BAHAMAS!

This is an announcement that I will be co-skippering an all-female offshore sailing course in the Bahamas, from January 18-24, with Meg Reilly, the skipper of s/v Hermes (OceanRacers.net). We are calling this course WOW (Women’s Offshore Week) and we have 6 slots to offer women who want to challenge themselves to reach another level of sailing by learning about… Read more

Psst! You Still Here??? (A Long Overdue Update) thumbnail

Psst! You Still Here??? (A Long Overdue Update)

Looking at the date of my last post, I have not written anything on Turf to Surf for two and a half years. What?! TWO AND A HALF YEARS?! That sounds about right, actually. I kind of feel like I’m just waking up from a coma. In any case, I apologize for disappearing so abruptly and without explanation (apart from… Read more

Outfitting a Boat to Sail Around the World: What We Bought, What We Learned & What We’d Do Differently thumbnail

Outfitting a Boat to Sail Around the World: What We Bought, What We Learned & What We’d Do Differently

When talking about our boat, Cheeky Monkey, I’m not one to rattle off stats like amp hours, watts, horsepower or, really, anything technical regarding the equipment we’ve had installed. That stuff just doesn’t excite me. At all. In fact, if you asked me right now for a tour of the boat and Ryan wasn’t around, I would most likely sit… Read more

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Changing Course: Sailing Across the Pacific Ocean

I am not a natural-born sailor. The sea doesn’t call to me and I don’t crave the salty air. What I love is land; I love seeing long stretches of road from my window, mountains outside my doorstep and tall trees silhouetted against the sky. But that isn’t to say that I don’t love the sea, the burnt orange sunsets… Read more

On Birds and Boredom: Sailing Across the Atlantic Ocean thumbnail

On Birds and Boredom: Sailing Across the Atlantic Ocean

On the second day of our Atlantic crossing, a bird flew in through the porthole next to our bed in the owner’s cabin. I was on night watch with Kristi when Ryan appeared in the saloon with a look of dazed confusion on his face. “There’s a bird in my bedroom,” he mumbled. I looked at Kristi and laughed, assuming… Read more