We present here the 2015 Northwest Women in Boating Seattle Boat Show Panel. Six inspiring women who’ve lived their dreams on the water. They will speak to questions we often wonder about such as “What inspired them?”, “How they found the courage?”, “What it took to accomplish what they did?”, and “How it changed their lives?”. You’ll hear from them in the first hour starting at 5pm and be able to ask questions the second hour.
Remember it’s Women’s Day, print this certificate and bring it and you get in free: http://www.seattleboatshow.com/downloads/SBS15_WomensDay_SO.pdf
Anne Cox single-handed her 29’ Ranger Tug up the Inside Passage to Sitka, Alaska and back in the summer of 2014.
For years, Anne was an enthusiastic kayaker and long-time outdoor enthusiast and activist. She was appointed by Governor Booth Gardner to the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and to the Washington State Parks Commission. Desiring more long-range on-the-water experience, In 2002 she bought a 22’ C-Dory, by 2013 she’d moved up to a 29’ Ranger Tug on which she currently lives aboard. Though still fairly new to powerboating, last summer, at age 68, Anne, single-handed her tug up the Inside Passage to Sitka, Alaska and back. Anne recently presented to Northwest Women in Boating and we were impressed with her candid revelations about mistakes she made and how she learned from them. She made the trip of a lifetime. She enjoyed her triumphs and is glad she didn’t listen to those who cautioned, “You shouldn’t try it alone.”
Marsha Cutting, although physically challenged, solo sailed the Great Lakes traversing over 75 locks in her Pearson 26.
Marsha Cutting is a practicing psychologist and recently gave, Northwest Women In Boating an inspiring presentation, Lake Champlain to Lake Michigan: “No More than 5 Locks a Day. Though physical challenged,Marsha has not let it stop her from adventures on the water. She single-handed her Pearson 26 on a 15,400 mile trip through more than 75 locks and the Big Chute Marine Railway. She made the trip during the summer of 2012, making the acquaintance of loopers, locals, & locktenders along the way. You can catch Marsha’s Seattle Boat Show Presentation Single Handed Sailing on Monday at 1:15pm
Jennifer Hahn kayaked solo from Ketchikan, Alaska to Washington state. She is author of an award-winning book about her journey, Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through The Inside Passage.
Jennifer founded and later sold Elakah Expeditions a sea kayaking adventure company. She is an adjunct professor at Western Washington University and guides Inside Passage trips on two classic wood vessels: MV Sea Wolf and MV Catalyst. Jennifer Hahn life’s embraces the three W’s: Water, Wilderness and Writing. She began her small boat on-the-water experiences in a sea kayak built for her out of scraps from other kayaks. A month-long trip on the Inside Passage, with four men, aboard a homemade 19-foot sailboat, convinced her to return, alone. Over two springs and summers, Jennifer solo kayaked from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Washington. Her first book “Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through The Inside Passage” won the Barbara Savage “Miles From Nowhere” award for adventure narrative. Jennifer divides her time between teaching, writing and guiding wilderness adventure and wild food foraging trips.
Sisters Katie and Elizabeth McPhail traveled over 6000 miles in 84 days onboard a 16’ Duroboat. They circumnavigated the Eastern 1/3 of the US and parts of SE Canada.
Katie and Elizabeth are both taking time for this panel from a job that is almost 24-7 at the moment. Katie is the Director of the Seattle Boat Show, and Elizabeth works in boat sales at Seattle Boat Co, and is working the booth here at the Show.
Following a route known to many as America’s Great Loop, Katie and Elizabeth, traveled over 6,000 miles in 84 days in a 16’ boat. They circumnavigated the Eastern 1/3 of the US and parts of SE Canada. It’s a dream trip for many people most of whom travel in much bigger boats and take up to a year or more.
The purpose of the trip was a post college, once in a lifetime adventure – a spin on the classic American road trip. They wanted to see the country, test their boating skills, help promote Duroboat and prove that big adventure is possible for regular folks (even young girls) on a budget, using an affordable small boat. What they didn’t expect was the overwhelming support of the perfect strangers they met along the way.
Kat Russell just returned from the South Seas after four years cruising.
Kat Russell recently returned from a four-year cruise with her husband through the Pacific aboard their Peterson 44, Island Bound. They logged more than 20,000 blue water miles traveling from Alaska to Mexico and Mexico to French Polynesia, then on through the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga and finally ending with 18-months cruising through beautiful Fiji. Kat has been a part of Northwest Women in Boating since she was a beginning boater just dreaming of Blue Water cruising. She recently presented at Northwest Women in Boating and is a wealth of valuable information on what the cruising books don’t tell you. She riveted us with a tale of sitting out a Category IV cyclone in Fiji. You can catch Kat’s Boat Show Presentation: Blue Water Sailing in the Modern World: Myths, Misconceptions and Technology, on Monday at 3:15pm and on Tuesday at 3:15pm