Category: SAILING

My First Published Sailing Article // Kim Goes Foreign // 1975 Bahamas Trip

In grade school, I was staff on every school newspaper through high school. I’ve always liked to write, and in 1977, I submitted an article about cruising the Bahamas to the sailing giant magazine “Cruising World.” They published it, and a lifetime of writing has followed. At the time I wrote it, I was eight years old. This year marks 45 years of writing for me, and I still love it. For fun, here’s that early article, my “Throwback Thursday.”

Resuscitating Your Foul Weather Gear Quickly // Waterproofing Outdoor Wear

Here’s how you can protect your foul weather gear. My foul weather gear is so important to me; it keeps me dry, comfortable, and safe while sailing. It’s also an expensive investment. I decided I wanted to extend the life of my foul weather gear, and resuscitate an older jacket as a backup for really wet days when I need to swap out damp gear.

The Summer I Got Poisoned by Chemical Sunscreen // Captain Kim Walther // Toxic Ingredients

I got poisoned by sunscreen; I know, it’s just bizarre, right? The very potion designed to protect me poisoned me brutally. Rudely. Summer before last, I was teaching sailing class. I was on the last day of a seven-day stint teaching in small open boats, and it had been hot, humid, and very bright. There is no shade on our keelboats. So, I wear a hat or visor, and sometimes, a long sleeved shirt.

Stream2Sea Love Letter & Haul // Physical Barrier for Ecoconscious Sun Protection // Neck Gaiters // Dive Buffs

Last week I was cruising one of my favorite websites, the Stream2Sea website just in case… just in case they had anything new in production. Well! Shocker! Neck gaiters, also called dive buffs, pocket sprayer of hand sanitizer, and gel hand sanitizer had snuck into the product line without my knowledge. I love that Stream2Sea promotes not only reef-safe sunscreen, but also some alternatives for supplementing sun exposure coverage and prevention.

Our NOLS Wilderness Medicine First Aid Class Experience Thru REI Co-op

With all of our diving, cycling, sailing, and being far from medical assistance, it seems prudent to take a NOLS Wilderness Medicine First Aid class. So, we did! The class was unbelievably useful. Unbelievably. I cannot tell you how comprehensive it is, how in depth it is. I feel confident that I can walk up to a patient, assist them, and administer far more than first aid on the spot.

ECOCONSCIOUS BIODEGRADABLE HAND SANITIZER // STREAM2SEA // EUCALYPTUS AND CAMPHOR // DeepWaterHappy

Our favorite reef safe sunscreen company saves the day and their employees by introducing hand sanitizer to their product line. Stream2Sea is a small Florida-based, woman-owned company. When orders for reef safe shampoo and conditioners for the cruise ship industry plummeted, the owner, Autumn Blum, realized she could ensure her employee’s jobs while meeting a dire need for hand sanitizer. The result is a hand sanitizer of completely safe, biodegradable ingredients; no synthetic fragrances or preservatives.

Spring Foward Womans Sailing Race 2020 // St. Augustine Sailing Sisters // St. Augustine, Florida

This year, we had one of our best-ever Spring Foward Womens Sailing Races on the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida. Chilly weather and high winds made it a fast, exciting race. Boats tore sails, ran aground, dropped out, or reefed and kept sailing. Crew wore gloves, pfd’s and even thermal underwear for this Springtime sailing race.

2020 SPRING FOWARD RACE // ST. AUGUSTINE SAILING SISTERS // Deep Water Happy

FEATURED in this video is our day of racing on a 36 foot Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, “Rendezvous With Destiny” from St. Augustine Sailing. The race was hosted by the St. Augustine Sailing Sisters.

There were two classes; ALL-Female and Mixed Crew. We raced in the All-Female category. The course was set on the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, North of the Fred and Mary Usina Vilano Beach Bridge.

Making Money By Renting Your Dock to Boaters // Airbnb Your Dock // Passive Income Wins

If you have a dock, and you’re not using it – you can rent it out with PierShare to bring in a bit of income. It’s already there, and besides, you get to look at a pretty boat and have someone watching your property for you. What could be better? The best innovation ever for boaters and waterfront homeowners is here; the ability to search for privately-owned dockage worldwide using an online system similar to Airbnb for finding a slip for your boat. It’s called PierShare, and the benefits and the advantage this provides for boaters is immense. In fact, it’s even better than the benefits of home sharing. If you have a dock – you can get started earning an income from it immediately!

How to Rent a Private Dock Anywhere // Airbnb For Boaters

The best innovation ever for boaters and waterfront homeowners is here; the ability to search for privately-owned dockage worldwide using an online system similar to Airbnb for finding a slip for your boat. It’s called PierShare, and can you even imagine the benefits and the advantage this provides for boaters. It’s even better than the benefits of home sharing.

Fort Pierce Yacht Club Ladies' Race

FT. PIERCE YACHT CLUB LADIES’ RACE // Deep Water Happy

Many thanks to the Ft. Pierce Yacht Club for hosting the Annual Ladies’ Race and inviting us to participate! We travel to Ft. Pierce, see a bit of the local color, and participate in the offshore race. St. Augustine Yacht Club Member Elise Sloan and I spoke about travel to Cuba at the Ft. Pierce Yacht Club’s annual lobster feast after the Ladies’ Race.

CAPTAIN WORK // CHARTER BOAT TOUR // Deep Water Happy

I’m taking you on a quick tour of a new boat in the charter fleet in which I sail regularly. I’m showing you around “Far Niente,” one of our newest boats. Having just successfully docked the boat, I was, understandably, deeply in love with her bow thruster, topsides, and interior. Truly, this is one luxurious vessel above and below decks! Plus, she’s a dream to sail! Oh, and that fabulous swim platform – so convenient.

St. Johns River // Bartram Frolic // Riverboat Tour in Palatka, Florida

Every September, the Putnam County Bartram Trail in Putnam County, Florida hosts their annual Bartram Frolic commemorating William Bartram’s travels on the St. Johns River in 1774. This year’s frolic was the 245th anniversary of William Bartram’s travels through Palatka. I serve as the riverboat captain, commanding a 45 foot pontoon boat powered with twin 200 hp Yamaha outboard‘s on jack plates. This boat is a dream to operate, and the guided riverboat tours are a favorite part of the historic weekend.

How To Choose a Good Sailing School

Determining what questions to ask before choosing a sailing school when you don’t even know what to ask can be overwhelming. Here’s a start to what questions you should ask, and a bit about what you should hear. There are a lot of considerations when choosing a sailing school. You’re about to invest a lot of money in your learning and experience, so you want to make sure you not only enjoy the process, but also get the most out of it.

Why You Should Take Sailing Classes From A Recognized School

The question of which is better – teaching yourself or taking sailing classes from a recognized sailing school comes up pretty frequently when I am teaching sailing classes.

My fast answer is that following a set curriculum ensures that you are covering all of the material. This means it is taught by a qualified instructor, and in a logical order. And there’s a lot more to it than that!

Finding a Boat to Rent // There’s an App for That Too // Boat Rental Apps

Although I’m familiar with Airbnb for renting houses and rooms, and Uber and Lyft for vehicle rides, it wasn’t until I read an article in a trade magazine that I actually realized there are apps for renting boats! This article covers the ones that are available on mobile phone as well as computer because I like to conduct trip planning something larger than the cell phone screen.

SOUND SIGNALS FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND WATERWAYS // Deep Water Happy

Sound Signals for International and Inland Waterways: Memory devices and descriptions of signals used for reduce visibility. I’m working through the International then the Inland Waterways sound signals, using the United States Navy NAVEDTRA 10925 Flash Cards of Navigation Rules. I’m a teacher, and a sailboat captain, cyclist, SCUBA diver, and runner. You could say I like being prepared.

APPLYING MINERAL SUNSCREEN // STREAM2SEA REEF-SAFE PRODUCTS // Deep Water Happy

Today, I’m demonstrating how to apply mineral sunscreen from Stream2Sea. Just like the Swahili face painting at Moyo in Cape Town, I’m having a bit of fun with the design to demonstrate how little you need for full coverage. I’m applying mineral sun protection from Stream2Sea that’s tinted! It’s is completely non-toxic and environmentally safe, and it’s packaged in completely biodegradable tubes of sugar cane resin!

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