Charlotte Kaufman grew up in Alaska and started traveling internationally at the age of 16. Since then she has visited 15 countries, and lived in Mexico, England, and France. A sailor since 2005, she and her husband bought a sailboat together and decided to raise their children while circumnavigating the globe. In 2014 they set sail from Mexico to the South Pacific aboard their boat, Rebel Heart. A cascading series of events led to their calling for help and the ensuing rescue at sea caused an international media firestorm about sailing & parenting.
Charlotte is the founder of Women Who Sail, a group of over 15,000 female sailors with regional sub-groups that include thousands more. After losing their sailboat, she and her husband moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, swapping adventures at sea for the mountains. In 2017 she founded Mammoth Women Writers, a writing group dedicated to building a community of women and gender non-conforming writers in the Eastern Sierra.