My return to the Chesapeake Bay

I am incredibly honored and excited to announce that I’ve been featured in SAIL Magazine and its latest article Sailor-Punk and the State of Cruising. I’m beyond stoked! Not only am I featured next to the legendary Moxie Marlinspike and the kids from Hold Fast but the editor named me his personal favorite young sailor blogger. I’m also really excited to be referred to as a sailor punk. It’s an identity I embrace, but I was never really in the punk scene on land, or on the water. So even though in my heart I felt like a boat punk, I wasn’t sure I qualified. In light of this recent honorable mention I figured I might get some new readers, and a brief update was in order.

My number one blog reader

I’m currently working as a deck hand and living aboard a 100-foot schooner on the Chesapeake Bay. After launching my boat in March the budget was busted. My money for the Bahamas was non-existent and to be honest, the state of affairs onboard Vanu, despite so many months in the yard, were still precarious. On top of this I had to borrow nearly $700 from my dad to bail my ass out of Belize after the boat delivery from hell. I did eventually wind up getting that $700 back from the captain by threatening him with a lien on his boat, but that’s another story.

From 26 to 100 feet

I journeyed my little boat from Florida back up to the Chesapeake Bay on a five-week voyage of sorts to start my new job. The trip was filled with a constantly failing electrical system, getting chased by wild horses, gales, coming face to face with my past traumas, great days sailing, bad days motoring, time offshore, time inshore. There were times I wanted to run my boat up on a sand bar and walk off forever with nothing but a backpack, and there were times I didn’t want it to end. Oh yeah, I also fell in love with an engineless circumnavigator who designs and builds autopilots and sells them.

Pretty sure we are going to take over the world

I learned what this boat was truly capable of for the first time. I cried.  It made me fucking cry to feel that. I finally learned how to make passages. Which is why, as of now, I am continuing to sail and work on the structural refit of my boat, until the next boat presents itself. I have to take what I learned on this trip and apply it. I have to keep going. There will be another boat in the near future but until then I just have to make money. Save it. Keep working on Vanu and practicing sailing her. I’ve got a big wide river and lots of little creeks that I’ve already begun to sail and explore.

Offshore, alone.

I want to tell you all more about this, but please be patient with me. I am working 12-hours a day on the tall ship, and when I’m not doing that I’m usually frantically trying to keep my boat safe. She is currently tied to a broken dock off of a fisherman’s museum with yet another leak below the water line. This time it’s the fiberglass tube that houses the rudder shaft.  It’s a slow leak, but it needs to be remedied. I plan to make this repair by careening the boat and patching it from the inside.

The sketchiest dock on the meanest river

I just spent the last two hours of my day off cleaning my electrical connections. The rest of the day was spent inside the belly of my boat pin pointing the leak. So, my apologies for the lack of blog posts, but I can assure you that if you hold fast you won’t be disappointed with the content to come. Standing by channel 1-6. 


  1. You are ‘Sailor Punk’! It’s all in the attitude. Love ya! Keep sailing!

  2. Yea, was getting a bit worried that we had not had a news update, but you’ve been very busy. Miss you at Sailors Exchange will give the crew an update⛵️😎⛵️😎

    • Standing by…. rogger dat! You never really stop learning what yer boat is capable of, do we? The more $$$ piss and tears go into my vessel, the less other boats appeal to me, strange as it sounds….. I have a beautiful coffin when the time comes.

  3. Email me.
    Matthews Mom
    Miss you

  4. I’m so excited for you & cannot wait to see the article!
    You are a badass chick in every great way possible!

  5. Yes to the new wave of sailor punkettes…. welcome to the club!

  6. Hey, you know that “expanding foam in a can” you can get at the hardware store? It will harden underwater, and is basically the same stuff as Gorilla Glue. I bet if you sprayed some around the rudder post and smushed it in good before it expanded, then top that off with a second layer, it’ll seal it up. If not, it’s easy to remove.
    Maybe try an epoxy stick?
    Or maybe just a bit of Gorilla Glue that you can get from someone? Water acts as a catalyst to it, makes it expand and harden.
    When I pulled ‘Katies’ cockpit drain hoses off the thru hull, I held my hand over the thru hull to stem the flow of water, stuck the nozzle of the can foam into the hole next to my hand, and let ‘er rip. It did the trick, on both thru hulls, sealed ’em up in minutes, they’re still that way now several years later, lol.
    Good luck! 🙂