Women Who Sail!
Sail! ... 70% of the World is Water!
Today we find more women who sail either to cruise or race; sailing
was mainly a male domain until this last decade. Our motivations are
varied, and we fall into many different categories.
Just a Social Affair:
Some women who sail are happy for it to be social
affair. They catch a ride on a yacht when they can and often take
part in the fun races run by local yacht clubs.
They often have a regular yacht they sail on and get to know what is
expected by the skipper and how the boat handles. They may even have their own sailing 'jobs' they feel comfortable
with. This is a great way to 'test the waters' and see if you'd like
to learn to sail.
Sailing with Partners:
Cruising women with partners, coastal or blue water adventuring for different lengths of time; a lot of them living aboard and when not at sea most can be found at marinas working to fill up the kitty so they can head out again.
There are times when the female party is a reluctant sailor doing it more so he can fulfil his dream.
Solo Women Who Sail:
There's women yacht owners some sail solo over differing periods of
Often they love the solitude! Sometimes they have not found the right
sailing partner! And believe me it really is better solo than with the wrong
If you would like to meet single sailors around the world, .....not a
lonely hearts club but a meeting place for single sailing folks – or wannabes to
swap stories, photo’s and fantastic destinations there are websites and
forums you can go to!
The Elite Women Sailors:
Then there are the elite women who sail....the heroes ... the solo
circumnavigators and off shore racers!!
- Kay Cottee an Australian... the
1st women to circumnavigate the world solo, non stop and unassisted was my
inspiration in getting ‘into’ sailing. Read her book .... Wow I have more
than once or twice!
- Ellen MacArthur: The fastest women on the
planet! her catch cry is ‘you can do it!’ she gives even
cruising women who sail goose bumps, she is so amazing!!
- Jessica Watson: The youngest
female to sail solo around the world ... 16 years old ... She had a
dream!! Yes she had a mishap involving a container ship initially... but
that did not stop her ... she fulfilled her dream! Well done
- Dee Caffari: An inspirational and record breaking British
round the world yachtswomen. Dee Cafferi, 35, in 2006 became the
first women to circumnavigate the world the ‘wrong way,’ East to West,
against the prevailing wind and tide. The voyage took 178 days.
Others that Inspire:
- Hilary Lister By 2005 she made history becoming the first
quadriplegic to sail solo across the English Channel. In 2009 she
sailed into the record books on her solo sail round Britain. She not
only battled the elements but also exhaustion and the severe limitations
of her body. "If you multiply that sense of freedom a thousand times, that's
how I feel. I leave behind my wheelchair, a team of carers and suddenly
it's just me." She inspires women who sail.
- Jeanne Socrates at the age of 70
years became the oldest women to sail nonstop, unassisted and single
handed around the world! A wonderful
accomplishment for this retired math’s teacher aboard her 11 meter yacht
Nereida the voyage took her 259 days!
- Ann Gash: Who was always
an adventurous woman and did not start
sailing until she was 45 years old. She learnt coastal and celestial
navigation as well as seamanship to handle her yacht Ilimo
a 7.3m wooden Folkboat.
In 1975 at 65 years old, and a grandmother she set sail
out of Pittwater on an around the world voyage in a tiny sail
boat. Known as the “Sailing Granny” she returned two and a half
years later to a hero’s welcome.
- Mary Harper: The oldest person to sail 1,700 miles across the Atlantic ocean
alone in a 30ft yacht. And yes women who sail would not be complete without a mention of a lady called Mary a 79 years
old great-grandmother; and when in her 80’s she still sailed
singlehanded in her own boat to foreign ports!
Other Women’s Experiences:
Women who sail are all so different and yet so many have the same
challenges, you can learn from their experiences!
- Debbie Whiteaker: A woman's agonizing decision...to
go cruising with her husband or significant other or to stay in
her nest where she can be available to her children, grandchildren, or
elderly parents. "Letting go and taking that big step on board that boat
and shoving off for ports unknown is so hard!"
- Helen Mackenzie: "I am a reluctant sailor ….there are a
surprising number of reluctant sailors. Most, like me, would
prefer never to set foot on a boat but, driven by the need to see their
sailing-mad partners on at least one weekend out of twenty, occasionally
venture out onto the water. My husband is a sailing fanatic which is why we have to
- Trish Lambert: "If you are a Baby Boomer like me, chances are you grew up in a
household in which you get a good education, get a good job, and (because
I'm a female) get a good husband.
"Good" had a material element to it-do well financially, buy a
house in the upscale suburbs, and keep moving up the social-material
ladder. I don’t know that I ever quite bought into the script. I thought
that I did. Got the degree, got the job, got into debt from trying to get
too much stuff too soon. So it takes courage to go cruising."
Welsh : “I solo sail a Snapdragon 21
and live on her almost half the year. I bought her in 2012 for £2,000, and in
2014 sailed her round the coast to the Isle of Wight, exploring and visiting
most places on the way from quiet creeks to St Katherine's dock in central
London. Last year I sailed her from Poole to Cherbourg
and around the English Channel Islands, and back via some fabulous French
harbours. Being bilge keeled, we (me and the boat) can go into the tiny places
and enjoy drying out on beaches and oh well, in mud. My dream is to get round to the Med one day,
no rush, perhaps to Greece. I have just turned sixty and wish I had thought of this
year’s ago, all those wasted years... Roll on spring!”
(Pictures below Janet and her yacht!)
Some Women Sailors I Know!
- Jo Cameron: Sailing to exotic destinations is a dream
that can sometimes turn into a nightmare.... Jo faced hers in the
form of a shark attack!
- Carmen Walker: Her story will tug at your heart strings ... A
brave lady who decided to continue to follow her dream of sailing after
the loss of her husband, in the appropriately named sailing catamaran ...
What About You?
If you are thinking of taking up this life of adventure, ..........
maybe you’ve met one of the thousands of single male yacht owners and would like to learn more
about the cruising life style!
Learn from the experiences of women who sail and have been in the same
situation, the good the bad and the really funny!
We all have different stories; would you like to know how I started out on this amazing journey?
We come from every corner of the world. And the world has some amazing waters to sail, whether you charter a yacht or sail there yourself and a guarantee of some life changing
adventures... learn more on this site!!
Be inspired by women who sail ....... the cruisers and the
racers! And if you’re inspired like I was, then the next step is you
have to explore how you can learn to sail! But maybe you are already
there then compare experiences or tell your story!
Sailors and all who crave adventure are a unique breed they know that a marina is the gateway to the world, ... a yacht a holiday home at any exotic landfall.
The wind and the power of your dreams can blow you to wherever your heart desires, ... so set your sails and live your dream!
Click on the images below to hear the stories of some women sailors...
Carmen's Story Jo & Shark Attack My Story
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