Thoughts from No Man’s Land:
It’s easy to view the landscape for women in sailing when you are a woman. Like Sally Balharrie, who recalls a recent Skippers briefing, “Have you got any idea what it’s like being the only woman in a room of 60 blokes…..it takes balls.”
Sal’s got them, forging her way into the male dominated landscape as owner of a Sydney 38 she’s named NO MAN’S LAND, based in Melbourne, Australia. Here she ponders the topic of the gender imbalance:
Why don’t more women sail? Why don’t more women own boats?
These two questions have been tossing around in my mind. As a benchmark let’s take the Sydney to Hobart. Approximately 70,000 sailors h…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Thoughts from No Man’s Land, Editor
Cruising World Boat of the Year 2020:
The annual honors of Cruising World magazine’s Boat of the Year competition were highlighted by the Catalina 545, a rangy, full-fledged bluewater cruiser, which was named the overall Boat of the Year for 2020. Designed by longtime Catalina stalwart Gerry Douglas, the 56-foot 2-inch sloop was also honored as the year’s Best Full-Size Cruiser Over 55 Feet.
“The Catalina 545 really struck a chord with our judging team,” said Herb McCormick, Cruising World Boat of the Year director. “Among its many attributes are collision bulkheads fore and aft, which speak to the boat’s overall structural integrity, and inboard shroud placements that really make it easy and safe to move aro…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Cruising World Boat of the Year 2020, Editor