She Sails.

she stood in the storm

I've wanted to host a Meetup for quite some time.  I finally realized there would never be a good time to do it.  Hosting a Meetup for sailors means you can basically guarantee that 50% of the people don't know what their schedule will be and the other 50% know they'll be at sea!  I decided to just go for it and hope people come.

As I started planning I had no idea what to call it.  I was thinking 'Lady Sailors in Sin City' and other ridiculous things.  (It was also pointed out to me that some Women might not like being called a Lady Sailor - I get it.)

I put the naming aside and got to work on finding a hotel that would meet our needs.  I started building a schedule and reaching out to women who may be interested in leading workshops and discussions.  I began building the website and I went looking for quotes.

She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails.
— Elizabeth Edwards

That Elizabeth Edwards quote has always been one of my favorites.  What jumped out at me though were two words:  She.  Sails.  The words rang true and I thought 'That's it! That's what I'd like to call the Meetup!'.

A couple years back I was at a barbecue that was hosted by some of my male classmates.  I could tell that there were other Alumni there even though I had never met them.  I felt super duper out of place.  I could tell that a lot of the guys didn't quite know what to make of me.  I had been sailing for quite a few years by then so it was kind of obvious that I was following along with the 'shop talk'.  I heard one of the guys lean over and whisper to the guy standing next to him 'who's that?' and the guy said, 'that's Megan - She Sails.'.  I remember standing there silently thinking, 'that's right Gentlemen.  She Does.'.  

'She Sails' is something I've said of other women.  Example:  'How do you know her?  Oh, I don't but, she sails.'

I've stood in the storm - ha! literally! - I've adjusted my sails.  There have been times in my career when I've thought, 'I'm not sure I can take one more day'.  There have been years where I really could have used a mentor.  There have been times at sea where I've thought, 'oh my god.  I haven't seen or talked to a woman in over two months!'.  There have been days where I could have used a girlfriend 'who got it'.  I know there are women working on the water who have stood in the storm and adjusted their sails too.  I'd like to meet you!

She Sails.  It's simple - and says it all.

Nautie Mermate