I create things with words and fabric.
Writing: I'm currently writing a memoir of my time on our sailboat, Rebel Heart. A technical writer by trade, it's really blogging and creative writing that keeps me ticking.
Sewing: My sewing work focuses on marine and home interiors though I'm rapidly developing a passion for modern quilting.
Sailing: I'm also the founder of Women Who Sail, a 10,000+ group of female sailors.
In 2005 we bought a Hans Christian 36 and said we'd do a circumnavigation. Seven years of living aboard and sailing later, we left San Diego in 2012 along with our 2 year old, Cora, and with me 7 months pregnant with our second child. Eric single-handed our boat, Rebel Heart, from Ensenada, down Baja on the Pacific side, and crossed the Sea of Cortez to the mainland of Mexico. Cora and I joined him in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and our youngest daughter, Lyra, was born in Puerto Vallarta on Valentine's Day, 2013. In March of 2013 we went back across to the Baja Peninsula and up into the Sea of Cortez. After hurricane season we sailed to La Paz before re-crossing the sea to the mainland.
In March of 2014 we lost Rebel Heart at sea. Our satellite phone provider, SatellitePhoneStore.com, turned off the SIM card on our sat phone mid-passage rendering us unable to get help during a medical emergency on board. We had departed from Mexico and were roughly 1,100 miles towards Hiva Oa, French Polynesia.
This American Life interviewed us about what transpired in May of 2014.
Author Kevin Grange published this article in The Journal of Emergency Medical Services in March 2017. Swift, Silent, and Specialized: Air Force Pararescue Team Saves Sick Baby 1,000 Miles Out at Sea.