Why were you inspired to do this?
I wanted to take the next step in my sailing education so I set my sights on an open water race. I had sailed for fun, had raced in the winter Frostbite series in Marblehead Harbor and *successfully* raced in the Thursday Twilights out of Beverly as part of the foredeck crew. I felt ready for a bigger challenge and was thrilled to be asked to sail in the Beringer Bowl, an overnight race from Marblehead to Provincetown.
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
I had to adhere to the rules of the boat: Rule no. 1 -- Stay on the boat. Rule no. 2 -- Follow rule no. 1! Check.
I had to learn the hard way what "lode-bearing spin sheet" means.
I had to invest in foul-weather gear, a PFD and keep learning every time I got on the water. I actually started feeling like I was contributing to our winning streak!
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
I felt hugely proud. Open-water racing is serious and can be dangerous, but also so beautiful and fulfilling. I realized that not only had I learned enough to be safe and handy on a boat, I was part of an amazing crew that could win and have fun together, which is pretty unique and special. Being part of a closeknit crew improves everything about racing. The release of the stress when you land results in some hilarity that lasts for a long time after the race and yacht club celebration end. I'll never forget Beringer -- it will always be my first open water race. I earned my t-shirt!