Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Women Sailors

Two avid women sailors have continually amazed the shipyard over the last 20-30 years. Susan Sproul has been coming to Boothbay Harbor from the Chicago area, every year for at least 20 years. We at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard have been caring for Ku’uipo, (a Hawaiian word meaning sweetheart), her 12 1/2 ft. Herreshoff, (actually 16-17 ft) for 20 years. Her focus for 2-3 weeks each summer is sailing Ku'uipo. She and her husband book a room at Linekin Bay Resort in Boothbay Harbor and we deliver her boat to greet her on her arrival. For the following weeks, she usually sails three times a day: morning, afternoon and evening. She takes time off for her meals in between. She will go out with friends or by herself, but she almost always goes out.

Barbara Lockwood, another avid sailor has given Boothbay Harbor Shipyard the care of her Herreshoff 28, Ariel for the last 30 years. Being a teacher in a suburb of Boston, Barbara has time in the summer to enjoy a great deal of sailing. She moors Ariel on one of the 24 moorings in the harbor belonging to Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. Often she will come up to Maine and take Ariel out for a couple to 10 days followed by Ariel resting for week or so on the mooring. Along with friends and family, Barbara takes her beautiful wooden dingy, Louise, which was a gift to her from her father. She repeats this sail plan often from Memorial Day to November.

We would like to toast these two extraordinary women sailors for their continued love of sailing.

1 comment:

Diane said...

We had the immense pleasure of meeting Sue on Linekin Bay aboard Ku'uipo last week. In heavy winds, our tiller broke and she was able to rescue and tow us all the way back from Spruce point to the resort. Her talent and preparedness as a sailor were inspirational- especially as we had our 13 year old daughter aboard learning to crew. Ku'uipo is a gorgeous sailboat, with a very gracious set of owners. Thanks again!!! Diane, Tom and Hana(from NJ)