"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say YES to your adventure.”
Hi!! I'm Margie (with a hard "g") Woods
Thanks for stopping by! I am happy you are here!! This blog is dedicated to my sailing adventures, but the truth is that it weaves in all aspects of my life, work and all of the learning therein. I am a writer, artist, schemer, dreamer, portrait photographer, aspiring filmmaker and yes, an obsessed sailor! Sailing soothes my soul and brings me the greatest solace I have ever known. I have been sailing most of my life, and am always pushing myself to do and learn more on the water. I am an ASA (American Sailing Association) instructor, The Vice Commodore of my wonderful sailing club, The Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association (a great club that puts on singlehanded races in Southern California), and most recently I completed the 2016 Singlehanded Transpac.
I was taught to sail by my father, a lifelong sailor, who just by living his passion for all things sailing and the sea, has always inspired me and infused me with enthusiasm to do the same. The biggest love affair of my life started the first time I set foot on a sailboat as a little girl. This love grows every day, and I am so very grateful for all that I learn about myself, sailing and the sea as a result. I am also very grateful to be surrounded by and inspired by experienced sailors who include me in their adventures, let me crew on their boats, consult with me on mine, and inspire and push me to pursue my dreams and adventures.
Though I had been sailing most of my life, I really got smitten in my early thirties when I became captivated with solo sailing. I was lucky to have the opportunity to do a lot of singlehanded day sailing aboard a J-80 named Carronade that belonged to my dad. That experience prompted me to purchase my 1st boat (a 1981 Wylie 34). I have since been the steward of two other sailboats, one of whom, was called Haunani, and valiantly carried me across the Pacific in 2016. Sadly she was destroyed by the shipping company on her journey home to California, and I had to let her go. My current vessel is a 2005 Hanse 371 named Cassiopeia, and we are starting our adventures together and plan on sailing across the Pacific again in the 2020 Shaka Challenge, PSSA’s singlehanded transpacific race.
I am passionate about inspiring more women to learn to sail and seek adventure in sailing! I race in Marina Del Rey with an all woman crew, mentor women who want to learn to sail or own boats, and I am also working on a documentary that honors women solo offshore sailors as well as all of the women of The Singlehanded Transpac.
When I am not on the water or working on my boat, you can find me taking portraits of my amazing clients, writing on my bed flanked by my wonderful (and crazy) dogs, or making art in my Venice studio. Please stop by my website to find out more about the creative side of my life.