Women Long-Distance Cruisers Tell All









Women Long-Distance Cruisers Tell All

Twenty-five seasoned women boaters including editor, and long-distance cruiser, Lisa Targal Favors of Traverse City, are sharing the trials and tribulations of life aboard in the newly released book, Women On Board Cruising. Conceptualized, edited and published by Ms. Favors, the book is designed to inspire and inform women and their significant others who are planning on – or just considering – spending an extended period of time on the water.

The contributors, including Cyndi Perkins, a Lake Superior sailor and former Daily Mining Gazette editor, humorously recount their very personal experiences and openly share life lessons learned about this little-known lifestyle. Several women tell their story with a rare, revealing vulnerability. Not all initially welcomed the thought of life within the confines of a boat but were cajoled by partners who had a greater desire and competence for this type of adventure. From doing the “Loop” (a boat trip circumnavigating the Eastern United States from the heartland rivers to the North Atlantic seaboard and Great Lakes) to sailing around the world, their stories are sure to warm the hearts of male and female readers alike.

“Questions! Doubts! You have so many before you set out! Well, just when you thought there was no one out there who understood you, along comes this awesome book, filled with warm women’s voices offering clever advice, and helpful been-there-felt-that reassurance. It’s like sitting down with a cup of tea and a support group of experienced fellow cruisers who can’t wait to show you the ropes, and how cruising changed their lives and priorities,” notes Bernadette Bernon of BoatU.S. Magazine and Cruising World in her review of Women On Board Cruising.

The entertaining stories shared within this book would be of great interest to anyone who has ever considered a radical lifestyle change whether it’s on a boat, RV or other means of transportation. These women are actually living many people’s dreams – breaking away from a well worn mold, they moved out of their comfortable homes and struck off for parts unknown enjoying all the surprises a long-distance adventure provides along the way. Surprisingly, it’s not only women curious about this unique lifestyle, but interestingly enough, 3/4 of the people who signed up to be notified of the book’s release were MEN, many are giving the book to their wives or partners in hopes of getting them on board with them to share an adventure of a lifetime.

“To quote Chaka Khan, ‘I’m Every Woman,’ the one puking in the bailing bucket and the one artfully guiding her 19,000-pound sailboat through a tight canal … I’m the brave voyager who challenges the wind , and the wimp trembling in a thunderstorm.” – Cyndi Perkins, Houghton, Michigan

Lisa Targal Favors, with more than 20,000 cruising miles under her belt aboard the trawler Kismet, currently serves on America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA) Advisory Council, writes twice-monthly articles for BoatU.S. Cruising Logs (http://www.boatus.com/cruising/kismet/log.asp). Along with husband, Jim, she maintains a popular cruising, adventure blog (http://www.favorsgreatloopblog.com). The Favors have also edited and published, When the Water Calls… We Follow, a book written by 27 boaters detailing their experiences while doing America’s Great Loop boat trip. Cyndi and husband, Scott, also contributed to that publication after completing two 6,000-mile Loops aboard their sailboat Chip Ahoy.     Women On Board Cruising (Retail: $24.95)

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