A very interesting and inspiring chat with two seasoned sailing educators who have a variety of experience on board different vessels about teaching, sailing, leadership, soft skills, hard skills, gender and why they love their jobs.
Biz Wallace (she/her) is a captain, artist, waterwoman, and activist. Originally from North Carolina, Biz has spent the last ten years sailing professionally around the world. She has a BA in Design from USC and holds her 100 ton USCG captains license, commercial able seaman endorsement, and is a certified lifeguard and rescue diver. She volunteers for several climate justice organizations and is an outspoken advocate for the inclusion of BIPOC women in maritime. You can find out more at Biz’s website: bizwallace.com
Jesse Weigel started sailing about a decade ago as an intern aboard a schooner in Washington state. After that, he went full fledged into the tall ship world, sailing on schooners on both the east and west coasts. He did some transatlantic square rigged time, and various small boat program work in my hometown of Port Townsend, Washington. He spent a few summers as a watch officer for Hurricane Island Outward Bound both in Maine and Florida. His last tall ship contract was aboard the Dutch sail training vessel Gulden Leeuw, sailing with the Canadian program class afloat. He prefers to teach sailing as a vessel towards self discovery and teamwork rather than for the sake of sailing (although that is a very worthy cause!)
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Music by Tim Eriksen