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Zoom link has changed for tonight’s NWWB Zoom meeting with Dana Greyson Here is the correct link to use. Glitches happen.

Join Zoom Meeting with Dana Greyson


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NWWB Meeting Mon. July 19 7pm Enjoy an Evening with Dana Greyson Who Will Tell Tales of How Chucking it All, Buying and Boarding A Boat With No Sailing Experience and Sailing Halfway Around the World Transformed Her Life. She’ll Offer Stories of Inspiration That Transcend Boating.

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ZOOM link has been sent out this evening, Saturday, July 17, if you haven’t received it , email nwwbviv@gmail.com and request it.

Dana Greyson was unemployed, friendless, and “depressed as hell” in Everett. Her husband, who hated his mega-overtime job at Boeing, suggested they chuck it all (what there was to chuck), buy a sailboat, and sail halfway around the world. Less than a year later, they boarded a plane to St. Lucia, to join the boat he bought six months earlier without her. Dana didn’t even know how to sail. That was 2012. Dana’s life will never be the same again. How did it change? Zoom in to learn more about how radically cruising transformed her life, and maybe could change yours, too.

Even if you can’t join the meeting, at least check out one of her Cruising World articles or her blog, www.GalleyWenchTales.com or the website for her book in progress (she promises the book title will make you laugh).

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NWWB Meeting Mon. June 21st. 7pm Learn to Do Your Own Daily Weather Briefing with Weather Expert Dave Wilkinson

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We all check the weather before heading out for a day on the water. +

What do we need to know, where do we get the data, and how should it affect our boating plans? The answers vary depending on whether it’s a day sail, weekend getaway, inside passage cruise, or ocean voyage. Learn how to do your own Daily Weather Briefing to ensure your safety, comfort, and enjoyment on your next outing.

Our presenter, Dave Wilkinson, holds a BS in Math Education and a MS in Atmospheric Science. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the American Sailing Association where he is a certified marine weather instructor. Dave teaches marine weather for Washington Sea Grant, Northwest Maritime Center and Seattle Sailing Club. His sailing experiences in the tropics, southern hemisphere, and the Pacific Northwest provide realistic context for explaining key weather concepts.

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NWWB Notes: The Biography of Reanne Hemmingway-Douglass

The Biographical material on Reanne did not come through on the last post so I am sending it separately.

Writer, teacher, sailor, cyclist, and publisher, Réanne Hemingway-Douglass was born and raised in Chicago and Washington, D.C. She received her B.A. degree in French from Pomona College and attended the Université de Grenoble, France and Claremont Graduate University.

After teaching French for twenty years, she joined her husband, Don Douglass, in their manufacturing and backpacking business. From 1986-2004, the Douglasses were the publishers/owners of a small recreational publishing company, Fine Edge Productions. In 2013 they started a new imprint, Cave Art Press, out of their home on Fidalgo Island, in Washington State.

In the 1970s, the Douglasses were the first American couple to attempt a circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere by sailboat. Réanne’s book Cape Horn: One Man’s Dream, One Woman’s Nightmare tells the story of their pitch-poling near Cape Horn and has become a classic in nautical survival literature. Réanne is also the author of Two Women Against the Wind – A Tierra del Fuego Bicycling Adventure, and The Shelburne Escape Line – Secret Rescues of Allied Aviators by the French Underground, the British Royal Navy and London’s MI-9.

As sailors and cruisers, the Douglasses logged over 175,000 nautical miles in the Southern Ocean, South Atlantic, New Zealand, and France. In 1986 they began in-depth exploring of the West Coast of America from Mexico to the Alaska Peninsula. Their explorations led them to write the Exploring series of nautical guidebooks and planning maps that cover areas from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska. Réanne has also written numerous articles on cruising, bicycling and women’s issues for outdoor magazines, and has been a featured speaker at Boat Shows, Trawler Fests, yachts clubs and civic organizations.

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NWWB Notes: The Passing of Reanne Hemingway-Douglass

Elsie Hulsizer kindly passed this on after receiving it. Reanne was an amazing Woman on the Water and always played a role in inspiring other women. A note from her son is below and I added a bio below that which I gathered when she spoke as a member of one of our yearly Inspirational Women’s Panels at the Seattle Boat Show.

Dear friends and family:

Reanne Hemingway Douglass passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 18 at home at the age of 88. You may have known her as a wonderful French teacher, a business woman, a well-traveled bicyclist, a mapmaker, an author, a life-long Francophile, a world traveler, an accomplished sailor, a lover of the outdoors, poetry, opera and the piano, a dear and caring friend, or a loving sister, mother, grandmother or great-grandmother. Whatever the case, she loved her friends and family, and I believe if she had one last wish in a life so well lived, it would have been to be able to spend more time with all of you. Vive les amis et famille!

As a brief aside, a number of you have asked about a memorial ceremony. An in-person meeting seems impractical, given the remnants of COVID and the long distances many would have to travel. Thus, we will try to put together a virtual ceremony where we can share stories, show pictures, and celebrate her life.

I would also like to extend my deepest thanks to Cissy Miller and her daughter Ruby, as well as their dog Mike and cat Purr-C, all of whom mom doted on, and who spared so much and were tireless in their efforts to keep mom comfortable, indeed alive, throughout the pandemic.

If you would like to make a donation in Reanne’s memory, we suggest either:

The Friends of the Forest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Anacortes Community Forest Lands: https://www.friendsoftheacfl.org/membershipanddonations

or

The Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/get-involved-now/donate

All the best to you and yours,

Sean Collins (Reanne’s youngest)

Biography of Reanne Hemmingway-Douglass

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NWWB Notes: Looking for some good regional reads? I just saw a discussion of a new book out…Homewaters The Human and Natural History of Puget Sound by David B. Williams.

We enjoyed a fascinating presentaation on Monday about the whale populations in Puget Sound and want to thank Frances Robertson PhD.

In regard to learning more about Puget Sound and good summer reads, if you haven’t read The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a classic.

If you enjoy reading and have some books you feel others women boaters would enjoy, we would appreeciate hearing from you about them. Please send us an email at nwwbviv@gmail.com and weill share your suggestions with the with the group.

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NWWB Meeting Mon. May 17th 7pm – Frances Robertson, PhD, The Impacts of Human Activity on Marine Mammals – What’s Been Learned and What We Can Do. (ZOOM info)

If you haven’t received an email with the ZOOM link, please send an email to NWWBVIV@GMAIL.COM and request one. Vivian will check for requests up to 1-hour before the meeting

We have so many amazing “women on the water” in the Northwest. Our May program will introduce you to another passionate gal who has made it her goal to help protect vulnerable populations of mammals that populate our waters.

Frances is a Marine mammal biologist and Marine Program Coordinator for San Juan County. Her research has focused on vessel impacts to Pacific NW killer whales, the impacts of oil and gas exploration on the bowhead whale in the Alaskan Arctic and noise impacts on harbor porpoise and pinnipeds (seals). She has come to understand that to reduce human impacts on these sentinel species we need to start taking a closer look at ourselves.

Frances is now applying community-based social marketing methods to tackle the impacts of vessels on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales. She will highlight the diversity of cetacean species in the Salish Sea, what has been learned, and some of the approaches developed over the years to reduce the impacts of boats on the whales. She’ll share where we are now and what boaters need to know when out on the water, as well as some of the innovative social marketing methods that have been implemented.

She is a transplant to Washington State. Born and brought up in the UK to a Canadian mum and a Scottish Dad, she set her sights on becoming a marine mammal scientist early on. Now, over 15 years into her career she has found her niche studying the impacts of human activity on marine mammals. She has information especially important to all boaters navigating Puget Sound waters and beyond.

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NWWB Meeting Mon. May 17th 7pm – Frances Robertson, PhD, The Impacts of Human Activity on Marine Mammals – What’s Been Learned and What We Can Do.

We have so many amazing “women on the water” in the Northwest. Our May program will introduce you to another passionate gal who has made it her goal to help protect vulnerable populations of mammals that populate our waters.

Frances is a Marine mammal biologist and Marine Program Coordinator for San Juan County. Her research has focused on vessel impacts to Pacific NW killer whales, the impacts of oil and gas exploration on the bowhead whale in the Alaskan Arctic and noise impacts on harbor porpoise and pinnipeds (seals). She has come to understand that to reduce human impacts on these sentinel species we need to start taking a closer look at ourselves.

Frances is now applying community-based social marketing methods to tackle the impacts of vessels on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales. She will highlight the diversity of cetacean species in the Salish Sea, what has been learned, and some of the approaches developed over the years to reduce the impacts of boats on the whales. She’ll share where we are now and what boaters need to know when out on the water, as well as some of the innovative social marketing methods that have been implemented.

She is a transplant to Washington State. Born and brought up in the UK to a Canadian mum and a Scottish Dad, she set her sights on becoming a marine mammal scientist early on. Now, over 15 years into her career she has found her niche studying the impacts of human activity on marine mammals. She has information especially important to all boaters navigating Puget Sound waters and beyond.

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NWWB ZOOM Meeting Mon. April 19th – An Amazing Woman on the Water, Captain Sandy Bendixen the Only Female Puget Sound Pilot Will Be Here to Inspire Us With What a Woman Can Really Do On The Water

The meeting begins 7pm, if you haven’t received the ZOOM link, please email nwwbviv@gmail.com

Some of us had no idea when we were young where our lives would lead us. Sandy Bendixen was different. Seeing her first ship come into a port when she was four-years-old she knew she wanted to be a Captain someday. In September 2018 at 36 years old, after an impressive career as a Merchant Mariner, Captain Bendixen completed a rigorous training program that included drawing every chart of Puget Sound from memory, to became the first female Puget Sound Pilot. (There are approximately 1100 harbor pilots in the United States and less than 3% are female.)

Captain Bendixen attended Maine Maritime Academy, completing a B.S. in Marine Transportation Operations and earning a United States Coast Guard Third Mate’s Unlimited License. Spending approximately 6-10 months per year at sea. She advanced her license supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom bringing US Military Cargo from the United States to the Middle East on large cargo ships.

By the time Captain Bendixen had reached the rank of Chief Mate, second in command of the ship, she had sailed around the world multiple times, and transited both the Suez and Panama Canals on several occasions. Approximately 10-15 years earlier than most mariners, at the age of 29, Captain Bendixen was given her first command. She sailed as the Master of the largest heavy lift ship in the U.S. Fleet delivering cargo to Antarctica and Thule, Greenland; navigating ice fields, fog and docking at floating ice piers. She was the youngest and first female Captain to command a ship going so far North and South.

Now, as the only female among the 52 pilots in Washington state who are considered experts in ship handling and the waters of Puget Sound, Captain Bendixen spends her days boarding moving ships at sea by climbing a rope ladder to bring the ships into port and maneuver the ships to the dock.

In her personal life she enjoys mentoring and spending free time on the water with husband Mike and 18-month-old baby Samantha . She also spends time with family while helping with the family yacht chartering business, Bearfoot Yacht Charters.

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