Women have been solo sailing for years, many circumnavigating the world, some setting records both in racing and endurance, for others they enjoy the solitude and challenge, the adventure and freedom.
Ellen MacArthur after her record breaking solo circumnavigation of the planet, said "To me sailing is a passion: an intoxicating ride along a path that is totally unpredictable, wild and powerful.”
So have you ever considered solo sailing? Want to know more about what inspires or motivates sailors, especially women to take this course? Find out more about solo sailing!
I initially wanted to learn to sail single handed so that I would not have to rely on finding a crew whenever I wanted to sail. I guess that’s called being in control.
My decision was right for me; when I am on my own I make the decisions, overcome the challenges, fix whatever I can, and when in dicey situations (and boy there’s been some) get out of them!!
I am very independent and I have never let the fact that I am female or my age limit me in any way. I had a dream … and I would never surrender the dream!
I think it is very social and it’s always great to share the freedom of this wonderful escape, for a day, a weekend or longer sailing to faraway places.
I do find men like to take control on board and it’s easy to let them. Most women sailors encounter sexism and some would say are classed as second class citizens on boats.
Part of the problem here could be
stereotyping, the man could be just trying to help, but ‘taking over’ from ‘the
little women’ puts you in the back seat and can damage your confidence.
Jobs should not be divided into ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ jobs, some things on board may need the help of a second person male or female. Men tend to tighten everything so I find it hard to undo, ‘man tight’ I call it.
I guess if we act like equals we are more likely to be treated like equals. And there are other compensations!
There are some I’ve heard around marinas that aren’t so positive…..
Women who go solo sailing also have many different reasons and stories, their adventures are unique and absolutely fascinating!
Then there are the ones you seldom hear of; the ordinary women who sail ... Ordinary is not the word ... Extraordinary is more like it!!
This is just one I will be including on solo sailing in this site in the months to come so keep checking they will give you goose bumps!
Now don’t you agree...