First Place Winner at San Francisco Writers Conference

First Place Winner at San Francisco Writers Conference

At the occasion of the annual premier writing and publishing event,  The San Francisco Writers Conference, one of the vignettes that inspired Sail Cowabunga!, was chosen as the conference's 2017 winner for Adult Nonfiction. Stranger in the Nightwas the vignette that caught their eye.

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No, No Life Jackets on Those Kids

No, No Life Jackets on Those Kids

"No life jackets on those kids?" Yes, that's right. No life jackets on those kids. My Huffington Post blog entry "We Sailed Across the Ocean…" from November 11, 2015, recounting our 30-day trans-Atlantic crossing on our sailboat with an infant and a toddler, featured several photos of my children onboard, "sans" life jackets. Some readers were taken aback and posted a comment of surprise and concern. This is not the first time I have had such remarks from—and here's where I must remind myself—amateurs, weekend recreational boaters, non-sailors, or at least non full-time "cruisers."

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