The Cruising Woman's Advisor: How to Prepare for the Voyaging Life

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For a woman considering the cruising lifestyle, the questions are endless. What is cruising really like? Can I do it? Will I like it? will it be horrible, or wonderful? Longtime sailor and circumnavigator Diana Jessie provides advice to women contemplating short-term cruising or long-term voyaging. She gives unique insights into a plethora of women's concerns, including: Why We Go . . . Cruising Roles and Relationships . . . The Right Boat . . . What Do I Need to Learn? . . . If My Partner Falls Overboard, How Do I Rescue Him? . . . Learning for Independence . . . Fearing the Weather Ahead . . . Isn't It Dangerous Out There? . . . Medical Preparation and Planning . . . Children On Board . . . Family Issues and Events . . . Staying in Touch . . . Career Planning and Employment . . . Bathing, Hair Care, Skin Care, Clothing . . . Sex at Sea . . . Provisioning for Cruising

To provide a broad perspective, Diana Jessie includes the opinions of noted women cruisers, including: Barbara Merritt, contributing editor of Cruising World magazine; Lin Pardey, longtime cruiser and author of several cruising books; Dawn Riley, noted America's Cup and Whitbread sailor; Patience Wales, two-time circumnavigator and editor of SAIL magazine; plus seventeen other women, from novices to world-renowned sailors.

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Diana Jessie began sailing in 1974, skippering an all-woman's racing crew on San Francisco Bay. She has raced in numerous women's events as well as the St. Francis Big Boat Series, TransPacific, and numerous offshore races. From 1985 to 1992 she circumnavigated aboard , the 48-foot, cold-molded Lapworth sloop she owns with her husband, Jim. They visited six continents and 57 countries, crossing the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans. Diana and Jim have also sailed the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Red, and Black Seas, circumnavigated Australia, and sailed the Southern Ocean. In 1997 they were once again cruising aboard Nalu IV.

Diana's articles have appeared in SAIL, Yachting, Sailing, WoodenBoat, 48 Degrees North, Yachting World, and Seahorse. She is the 1990 and 1992 recipient of the St. Francis Yacht Club Mary Grandin Cruising Award and a Senior Race Officer of the United States Sailing Association. She has given seminars on heavy-weather sailing, safety at sea, and cruise management; her specialty is seminars to help women overcome fear and learn to enjoy sailing.

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``The information Diana offers is not only useful and accurate, it also stresses an often ignored fact. . .cruising is a participation sport. The more both partners get involved, the larger the rewards.'' (Pardey, Lin)

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