Respect for the sea learned at her dad's knee helped a Connecticut woman anticipate the problems her 'teacher' on a bluewater passage had overlooked
My ability and experience are probably the same as that of most coastal sailors, enhanced by an acute awareness that the shore is almost always farther than I can swim and a heightened sense of responsibility learned at my father's knee.
I am a 71-year-old housewife. I own a 27-foot 1979 Cape Dory sloop, which I value for its simplicity and forgiving nature, as well as its sturdiness. I also have a pilot's license (having owned a 1942 Aeronca observer plane from World War II that I cherished for many of the same reasons), was an emergency medical technician and instructor for many years, drove vintage cars in Grand Prix racing and still ski. I am not afraid of risk, but I feel one must carefully prepare before undertaking it.