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.