With little sailing experience and in her late 50s, Gina de Vere left her comfortable home with her second husband, a passionate sailor. Needless to say, her life turned upside down. Life at sea is not all ‘plain sailing’. She experiences medical emergencies, foreboding weather and a new relationship that’s thrown in the spot light in the most crammed conditions, but the joys of sailing and the freedom of life at sea far outweigh these struggles.

15 years on, she’s still a full time cruiser and on her adventures has met countless other inspirational and courageous Blue Water Women, 40 of whom she has interviewed for this book.

Practical sailing tips and trustworthy advice are interwoven with the inspirational real-life stories of these sailor women from around the globe, from novices to professionals. Through their shared experiences and de Vere’s frank advice, this book provides an entertaining yet pragmatic look at how to live your best life on the open water.


Praise for Blue Water Women

This book is replete with good advice, ideas and information from interviews with 40 Blue Water Women, from novice to professional. It is a comprehensive guide for sailors and I would recommend the book to anyone contemplating making their first blue water passage or considering a career at sea.
— Jeanne Pickers, Author, Malaysia
The best sailing book for women I’ve ever read. I just wish I’d read it before I set sail over the Pacific!
— Sue, Brisbane
Not only a guide to passage making, this book is also a reliable technical reference. And not just for women!
— Jay Millard, Auckland, New Zealand
This book provides an entertaining yet pragmatic look at how to live your best life on the open water.
— Canadian Yachting
Just finished reading it. I could really relate to it in so many ways and am sure it will be such a help with valuable information for those considering the cruising life as well as for those of us who are doing it in a variety of ways. Thanks so much, Gina.
— Elise Larsen . S.V Nanok