Blue Water Women is a book for those who yearn for adventure and are dreaming of crossing oceans, cruising the world, or making a career at sea, but are aware they need to learn more before they set sail. This book gives the novice passage-maker a reliable foundation for starting a life at sea based on the shared experiences and frank advice of forty blue water-sailing women interviewed from around the globe, from novice to professional. This book will allow you to confidently set sail on your voyage of a lifetime. The author herself is an experienced sailor who has written articles for sailing magazines worldwide. She learned to sail in her late fifties and is still sailing full time fifteen years later.
Blue Water Women provides a highly entertaining yet pragmatic look at how these blue water women coped with all manner of issues of a life at sea, from facing and overcoming many fears to losing a mast, from going up on a reef to provisioning well, from buying and maintaining a boat to learning the many facets of safe sailing. The women give advice on having babies and kids on board, as well as the practicalities of communication, banks and visas, staying healthy, enjoying sex and maintaining good relationships, and looking at the possibilities of having a career at sea.
Life at sea is not all plain sailing. There can be hardships and loss. Relationships are thrown into the spotlight from living in a confined space. Boat repair and maintenance costs are continuous, and the weather can be far from obliging. Yet these forty women find the joys of a cruising life to be the best experiences of a lifetime. Follow their advice and you too could be confidently enjoying your own adventures.
About the Author
Georgina de Vere set sail thirteen years ago at age 58, bitten by the bug to “Go Cruising” and has been wife and first mate living full time aboard her and her husband’s yacht, sailing the Pacific and Asia where they now sail on our second boat, “Stardancer”, a Gib Sea 47’ monohull. She sold her business and the house, took coastal sailing and navigation night courses, went to sailing school, and got her radio license and first aid certificates. She now runs her business consultancy from her boat. Although she has written articles about her exploits in sailing magazines in USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, the idea of a book to encourage other women to sail never left her mind.