Last January, a group of maritime women gathered in a cozy countryside lodge in Fall City, Washington, for the inaugural She Sails Meetup. The premise of the gathering was to meet new people and participate in workshops that would arm attendees with some fresh perspectives and sharp tools to navigate the challenges of the maritime workplace.
We weren’t sure how it was going to go, but from the opening introductions, the spirit of the event was warm and welcoming, and the next three days forged indelible bonds among women who had just hours before been strangers. At closing remarks, we were unanimous in our agreement that the experience had been life-changing and heartwarming. The feeling of joy and lightness that we came away with kept us buoyed through the winter months, and we are keeping in touch with the friends we made that weekend.