Ticket sales and the live event has ended. On-demand viewing has been extended another week!
If you already purchased a ticket to the live event, you can watch the recording free of charge here, March 21.
Dear She Tells Sea Tales fans and Girls' Boat Project supporters,
We have officially decided to cancel the March 14th She Tells Sea Tales event. As you are well aware, we are navigating the impacts of Coronavirus on our community and it seems prudent to cancel this gathering.
The good news is that you can still get a taste of She Tells Sea Tales! We invite you to listen to KPTZ 91.9 this Friday, March 13th from 3:30-4:30 PM for a special reading from a few of our 2020 She Tells Sea Tales scheduled readers.
A virtual evening of sea stories in support of women-forward programming
Hilarious and heartbreaking, raw and brutally honest—She Tells Sea Tales offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of women in the maritime industry. Experience an evening of real sea stories, told by the women mariners who have lived them, in this beloved sell-out event that connects women from across all waters. She Tells Sea Tales will be held virtually in 2022. One ticket, one device—for you and everyone joining you at home.
An exciting first in the history of She Tells Sea Tales...
Two generous donors have stepped up with a matching gift challenge. Every gift to She Tells Sea Tales made through March 14, 2022 will be matched 1:1 up to $10,000! This has never happened before, and is a testament to how powerful and inspiring this event is. Help us meet this incredible challenge: Make a gift when you purchase your ticket, or give online right now by clicking on the button below. Your ticket purchase and tax-deductible donation helps support women-forward programming at the Northwest Maritime Center, including the Girls’ Boat Project, through our Give Like a Girl fund. Thank you!
Joyce Gustafson has forty years sailing experience including 35,000 miles in the open ocean: South Pacific, North Pacific, Caribbean and Atlantic Oceans. She sailed from Port Townsend to Glacier Bay, Alaska in twelve round-trip passages. In addition, she is a licensed US Coast Guard Master, 100 ton, with sailing endorsement (licensed for 35 years). Joyce has worked aboard yachts serving as Captain and First Mate, and has commissioned yachts for extended ocean passages—organizing provisions, supplies, and medical/safety equipment. She is a former owner and operator of Pacific Charter Company out of Redondo Beach, CA, where she managed fifteen sailboats for multi-day charters to offshore islands including, teaching sailing, coastal navigation and boat handling skills.
Ebony grew up on the farmlands of South Carolina where she played in the creek with her brother, catching frogs and dragonflies. It was moments like those that shaped her aspiration to be a marine biologist. She became committed to the dream as a middle schooler and always kept it in the front of her mind. Majoring in environmental studies instead of focusing on the academic path into marine biology, she concentrated on experience-based learning in marine science. Ebony has since acquired her Advanced Open Water Certification, worked in environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation in the southern most parts of Florida, spent time as a guide in a marine science summer camp, and has continued to take opportunities based around water.
As a co-founder of Sea Potential, she aims to carve a path for more BIPOC to have a reciprocal relationship with water. Ebony is passionate about facilitating joyous moments in nature for all, working with youth, and creating new opportunities.
After earning her BA in environmental outdoor education from Western Washington University, Ginny Wilson enjoyed an eclectic array of mini-careers: retail manager, non-profit administrator, teacher, commercial fisher, and bicycle tour guide throughout the west. In 2018, she graduated from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding (NWSWB) in Port Hadlock and has been pursuing her passion for boats ever since. Before striking out on her own as an independent shipwright and custom woodworker, her journeys included going to Tasmania to build a boat for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, teaching woodworking classes at the middle school, helping finish a Poulsbo boat at NWSWB. She then spent the better part of 2 years working as a shipwright at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op before striking out on her own as a shipwright and custom woodworker, starting Thorn Boatworks.
Ginny loves self-supported bicycle trips, camping, snowboarding, skateboarding, cooking, singing, dancing, running, and being outside with her pup, Tuff. Most importantly, she loves to make people laugh!
Lara Edgeland is an artist, scientist, and tall ship sailor. Growing up on the shores of the Salish Sea, Lara spent much of her early adulthood chasing adventures on the water. She sailed on various tall ships, from California to Maine, before an injury forced her ashore. During her long recovery, she shifted her focus to creative work and education which set her on a course to new adventures, including teaching woodworking and sailing to middle-school girls in the Girls’ Boat Project, earning a second Master’s of Science degree from Western Washington University, and authoring a nautical ABCs children’s book.
Meegan’s maritime career began in 2002 when she joined the US Navy. She served for 8 years before leaving to pursue her dream of being a marine biologist. Her dream first came to fruition when she started working at Friday Harbor Labs as their Manager of Marine Operations, overseeing their research vessel and vessel-based science. From there, Meegan was promoted to Port Captain for the University of Washington where she now manages the global research vessel Thomas G Thompson as well as the R/V Rachel Carson. Her current position has allowed her to travel to 13 countries (so far!) and collect more than a few hair-raising experiences.
Savannah grew up in Renton, WA, in an animal-loving home. From an early age, she was exposed to a variety of animals—from hermit crabs to peacocks—learning early on that each animal has a unique soul and relationship with the world. Ever since picking up her first book about dolphins in the second grade, her curiosity ran wild about the creatures of the ocean. And while pursuing her degree in marine biology, Savannah quickly realized the importance of representation and the value of community. As a co-founder of Sea Potential, she unites her passions for marine biology and inclusion to foster curiosity, illuminate opportunity, and engage the heart. Her work aims to highlight BIPOC perspectives and cultural resilience, while simultaneously offering tools for healing.
Susan has lived on two continents, sailed on two oceans, and lived in two genders. Their journey on tall ships started in 1980 when they signed on as a deckhand on the first Pride of Baltimore. From there, they spent the next 30 plus years working as a captain on various schooners and wooden workboats, in addition to working as a carpenter, calker, and rigger on the building restoration of several ships. Susan now lives on Marrowstone Island with their soulmate of 40 years, Cindy, and has been working for Sound Experience since 2018.
Allison describes herself as a water person, an empath, and a lover of exploration. Born to a fishing family and raised between WA and AK, Allison grew up on the water and enjoys earning her living at sea. Most recently she’s been captaining a purse seiner in Southeast Alaska with her fantastic crew (of mostly women!) and working as a Chief Engineer on tugboats. This winter you’ll find her part-time at Seattle Maritime Academy where she has the pleasure of mentoring upcoming marine engineers and teaching practical boat skills aboard the school’s training vessel. When she’s not out galavanting around the waterways, you’ll likely find her at home in Port Townsend where her favorite way to unwind is to take a walk on the beach and smell the sea-salty air.
Sharon Albert is a committed sailor and passage maker, in spite of fairly recently having switched to trawlers. She holds a US Coast Guard 50 ton Master’s License, and is just beginning to teach power boating in the Bellingham area. She has sailed to Hawaii from San Francisco Bay, made numerous Pacific coast passages, and even spent a month sailing around Cape Horn, across the Drake’s Passage from South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring the coast of the peninsula by sail boat.
After selling her last sail boat in the Bay Area, Sharon bought a trawler with her husband. They quickly made the decision to relocate to Bellingham, and now spend as much time as possible aboard their Kadey Krogen 44, exploring the Salish Sea from Puget Sound up to northern British Columbia.
Maria Cook had a sailing career on the east coast where she helped do boat deliveries from Maine to St. Lucia, ran private yachts, worked on tall ships, and taught coastal and marine environmental education. She has her 100 ton USCG license, and, in partnership with her husband, started an adventure bare boat charter business, taking groups to the Bahamas and Belize. She took over the business and ran it herself for several years as a single parent.
After moving to the northwest in the early 90s, Maria started a practice in the healing arts on Bainbridge Island. She took breaks from being a landlubber by teaching seamanship for Outward Bound, running 12-day rowing and sailing trips on 26’ open boats, and by volunteering on the Schooner Adventuress.
Maria started a small travel business called Journey for Purpose, dedicated to adventure, empowerment and community for women. She leads kayak and camping trips for women in Puget Sound and also internationally, most recently in Belize.
She Tells Sea Tales Hat
Step up your headwear game and rep SheTells Sea Tales with a limited edition, event-inspired adjustable ballcap. Proceeds support women-forward programming at Northwest Maritime Center.
"She Tells Sea Tales celebrates the successes and tribulations of working and traveling on the water. It celebrates the joys and frustrations of being a minority in a male-dominated endeavor."
– Kelley Watson
About Give Like a Girl
When you make a gift to Northwest Maritime Center's Give Like a Girl fund, you're supporting programming like the Girls' Boat Project that engages girls and women in maritime activities. We are committed to providing opportunities for girls and women to gain maritime skills through the lessons of the sea. More than that, we are committed to providing opportunities for girls and women to challenge themselves to discover their most authentic selves and break free of the gendered expectations that they face.
About the Girls' Boat Project
The Girls' Boat Project is a program for middle school girls that creates an inclusive, supportive space for young women to work together and gain confidence through learning skills in boat building, woodworking, and sailing. The program is led and taught by an all-female staff of educators and professional mariners.
The Project meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 throughout the school year and culminates with an journey on Port Townsend Bay in the spring. Women and girls’ programs at Northwest Maritime Center welcome those who identify as women and girls regardless of assignment at birth. These programs also welcome people who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming and want to be in a women-centered environment.
Read our blog to learn more about the Girls' Boat Project.
"To those of us who work and play on the water, She Tells Sea Tales shines a light on the work we do, the grit we bring, and the joy we find on the ocean. We hope the event shares these stories with the rest of the world and inspires the next generation of young women and men to pursue their dreams no matter what they are or what gender stereotypes tell them they need to be."
– Kelley Watson
Past She Tells Sea Tales Speakers
Mary Jane Gibson