Getting to Know: Kit Hitchcock

I’m starting a Getting to Know series on the blog offering some information about the amazing women who make up Northwest Women in Boating. We all have interesting boating backgrounds or tales to tell as well as interests and achievements beyond boating. I’m starting the series with Kit Hitchcock. Celebrating Kit’s newly published book about her career: Atypical Girl Geek: A Memoir by Katherine A. Hitchcock. Kit and her husband were impressive boaters, get to know Kit a little here and consider attending her book launch noted below. There’s even a link enabling you to read the first chapter of her book.

Kit and her husband Bear bought a custom steel sailboat, Volant, in May of 1993 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  After taking a 6 month leave-of-absence from their California jobs to sail in the Florida Keys and Bahamas they returned to Silicon Valley and their computer careers. But the boat, left alone in Florida on the hard, called to them and they soon returned to Florida, taking their jobs with them to live aboard in Ft. Lauderdale.  Realizing that living aboard is not conducive to sailing they joined the Hillsboro Sailing Club for monthly raft-ups that got them away from the dock regularly.  Then in January 1998 they left Ft. Lauderdale for a year and half cruise in the Caribbean. Afterwards there was more computer work and lots of boat work followed by a cruise up the east coast of the US from Ft. Lauderdale to Nova Scotia and back in the summer of 2001.

In 2003 they shipped their boat, via Dock Wise, from Ft. Lauderdale to Vancouver, BC and arrived in Seattle and Shilshole Bay Marina.

Both Kit and Bear, having earned their 50 ton Captain’s licenses, taught sailing at Windworks Sailing School. Bear passed away in 2005 and Kit sold the boat in 2007.

From Kit:

I want to let you know that I have published a memoir about my career as an IBM computer programmer from 1966-2001. 

Atypical Girl Geek: A Memoir by Katherine A. Hitchcock

You are invited to attend the book launch for Atypical Girl Geek: A Memoir on

Date: Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Time:  at 3 pm

Place: The University of Washington Bookstore at 4326 University Way, N.E. – Seattle, Washington 98105.

Look for the print book and Kindle ebook at

or the nook eBook at…/1122912089…

 More info at: (where you can read the first chapter) and

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NWWB Mon. Nov. 16th Meeting – Lessons Learned From a Marina Fire

Please RSVP if you plan to attend this meeting – seating may need to change…

Marine surveyor, Lynne Reister, is crazy busy surveying boats involved in the latest marina fire on Lake Union, but she’s taking time out to talk to our group on the timely and extremely important topic of marina fires. She owned a vessel, undamaged, in the marina. This is a rare opportunity to get valuable first-hand and professional information.

Lynne has been a long-time supporter of Northwest Women in Boating and of empowering women. She has worked as an accredited marine surveyor since 1999 and owns Lodestar Marine. She has surveyed boats as far away as Greece and is one of only a few female marine surveyors in the field. Her company’s website is unavailable the moment, but you can see her at work and learn more about her at:

She can be reached at and, by phone, at (206) 841-6006.

Please RSVP at if you plan on attending so we may set up the room appropriately and tell your boat-loving gal friends. Come and enjoy the evening.

Meeting Date: Monday, Nov. 16th 2015

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed at our meetings but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room.

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Were any of you moored at Western Yacht Harbor, site of last night’s marina fire?

Did you, or anyone you know, have damage to their boat in last nights marina fire at Western Yacht Harbor, 2412 Westlake Avenue North? Let us know.

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A Positive Thought On The Intersection Of Seattle’s Bridges And Boats

We still have some spots left for our program Monday – Karen Wong sharing about her trip to the South Pacific. If you’d like to attend plese RSVP to

I read the regional online newsblog,

It’s Bridge Month. Prolific chronicler of Seattle, Knute Berger, wrote an article on Seattle’s bridges and issues surrounding them , titled, Bridges Are Tying Seattle In Knotty Questions

Early in the article:
…living in Seattle shouldn’t make practical sense. We built the city on terrain unfit for a city, and it will always challenge us, especially as we grow…

At the end:
Having barriers we have to move around—or that become an exercise in patience—is not all a bad thing.

There’s something in me that likes the idea that we live in a city that can be brought to a stop by pleasure boaters. Annoying, sometimes, back-up inducing, yes. But we can do worse than turn off the engine, watch the scenery and enjoy a few moments of enforced moments of calm during the day. Get out of your car, you might see a kingfisher or a cormorant or a kayaker defying the 9-to-5 way of life.

Think of a drawbridge opening as a tax you pay for being in a city which is one of the best places to own a boat in America, a city that occasionally asks you to relax for a few minutes.


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NWWB Meeting Mon. Oct.19th One Year Sabbatical to Sail the South Pacific

Hi Gals,

Letting you know it’s really important that you RSVP to Vivian at right away if you’d like to attend this program. We are already in the mid 20’s and we have to cut attendance at 35 for the reason of space.

You won’t want to miss this program, it’s one of those rare opportunities to which our group is privileged because of the special caliber of women in our midst engaged in the amazing adventures that boating offers.

Member Karen Wong has just returned from a year-long bluewater adventure with her husband, Jim and 8-year old daughter, Jacintha. Onboard Apropos, their 43 foot Hans Christian Cutter/Ketch, they spent time in Mexico then made the 23-day crossing from Puerto Vallarta to the Marqueses and sailed the South Pacific. They blogged extensively ( with impressive pictures and tales of adventures on the water and throughout the islands. Karen say’s it changed her. We look forward to hearing her tales, what it’s really like out there, how the experience was for her young daughter and more. Here’s a chance to ask what you’d really like to know about such an adventure.

Karen just started back to work after taking a year sabbatical for the trip from her job as a Anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital.

Meeting Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left.
(Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

It’s a great help to us if you would consider subscribing to the blog for all the information about this groups activities. Also, we appreciate it when you share the link with women boating friends:

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A Little Fun – Some Creative Nautical Craft/Decorating/Gift Ideas.

We talk often about the bigger projects in which our boats involve us. Thank you, again, to Juli Tallino for her interesting and informative discussion of onboard toilet choices and about her ultimate choice of a composting toilet.

We need, though, at times in our lives to indulge our creative instincts and talents on smaller, fun projects. Pinterest can be an enjoyable source for creative ideas. When I came across this area I smiled. Hey, even I might have some fun creating some of these things. Even those not so crafty among us, may see here some fun ideas for our homes, boats or for the boats of our friends.

A link to a bunch of fun nautical decorating/gift ideas.

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Northwest Cruisers Cook-off

Noticed this in Three Sheets NW and thought I’d share for those of you who enjoy cooking.

We have some good cooks in our midst.

Here’s a link if you’re interested

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