I have been home from the voyage for a little over a week now and on Thursday I got invited to go on the Tall Ship Academy Women’s Challenge with my mom. The Women’s Challenge is a four day sailing trip in the San Francisco Bay where woman have the chance to explore outside their comfort zone and learn how to sail.
We arrived at Pier 40 to meet up with the rest of the women and the crew of the Seaward and by 6 o’clock, the sails were up and we were heading to our first destination. The first night we got to know each others names, had an awesome dinner and were all excited to enjoy this new experience. The crew decided to give the women a break by letting them sleep-in through the night instead of having them stand anchor watch, but their luck ran out the next two nights when they didn’t get to enjoy a full night of sleep after having a long day of hauling on lines, cleaning, and stretching their minds to a whole new world.
Throughout the 3 days, the ladies said that they never expected to learn so much or experience as much as they did. We all got the opportunity to learn knots, navigation, safety equipment, basic skills of sailing and much more that I know will stay with a lot of us forever. It was so great to be able to share my passion and learning experiences with my mom, and this trip just brought us that much closer as mother and daughter and as friends.
Written by Ami