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Sailing & Maritime History

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When I set sail in Mexico with my family in early 2020, we never expected to emerge onshore in a pandemic (Sailing Magazine, June 2020).

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My essay "The Anxious Mariner" appears in this anthology, part of the Women on the Water series.

Selected Publications:


Author of column "A Northwest Sailor Navigates the Past" for 48° North (2023 - ).

"Tahiti Temptation," Sailing Magazine (April 2023).

"Outside City Limits: A West Coast Boating Family Discovers Storied Villages and Easy Camaraderie on New York's Hudson River," Passagemaker Magazine (March 2023). Click here to view.

"What Lies Beneath: Sunken Ships, Lost Treasure, and the Discovery of the SS Pacific," 48° North (March 2023). Click here to view.

"Back to Baja," Sailing Magazine (July 2022).

"Sentimental Journey: A Family Rediscovers its Boating Roots on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta," BoatUS (April/May 2022). Click here to view.


"Preserving Maritime Heritage in the Salish Sea," Cruising World (April 2021).

Author of column "Beacon Background" on lighthouses and maritime history for 48° North (2021-2022).


First Prize, "Special Places" Writing Contest, SisterShip Press - "An Island Called Hope." Appeared in SisterShip Magazine (January/February 2021).


"Five Easy Places: Island Gems of the South Sound," 48° North (July 2020).


"Sailing Into a Pandemic," Sailing Magazine (June 2020).

"Where the Birds Are," Cruising World (March 2020).


“The Anxious Mariner” appeared in the book Facing Fear Head On: True Stories from Women on the Water (e-publication and print):  (2019)

"The Volunteer Experience - Toliva Shoal Race." Pacific Yachting (September/October 2008). 

"Mermaids, the Pacific Fisherman, and the 'Romance of Salmon.'"  Environmental History 10 (July 2005):532-537.

"Cruising with Friends in the South Sound." 48° North (March 2005).

“Sport Fishing on the Columbia River.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Winter 1995‑1996):5‑15.

“Salmon, Science, and Politics: Writing History for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” The Public Historian (Fall 1995):17‑28.

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First prize, Special Places Contest, SisterShip Press, 2021.

May 2023

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