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Published in Cruising World: The Gifts of Sailing Solo

Teresa Carey Press, Publications, Words 15 Comments

Last month I wrote an article that was published in Cruising World. Even if the newsstand copies were sold out, you can still read my article. Just click here to read The Gifts of Sailing Solo.      

It’s the moments when I worked hard to take care of Daphne, when all the elements of the ocean were testing me, and when all the strength of my body was gone that I found resources in myself that would’ve remained undiscovered and still buried today had I not sailed solo.







Comments 15

  1. fred pelley

    “The Rolling of the Sea is beckoning to me.”
    Fabulous read Teresa, Looking forward to your documentary and new book.

  2. Douglas and Lang, S'pore

    Ahoy Captain Teresa , such a nice blog post on the C W article, I enjoyed every word !

    I was always concerned about your direction to simple sailing or simplicity in sailing .

    It took me 11 years from the time I decided to set out ocean sailing , before I felt that I had enough knowledge to do it solo . This 11 years included a false start on a 27′ Pacific Seacraft “Orion” 27, then later purchasing a BCC , to fulfill, that ambition. I found “NOTHING SIMPLE” about gaining this knowledge nor confidence , to cross oceans, solo !

    I was amazed that you put it in a simplistic catagory , and I was dedicated to follow you to discover your secret to simplicity !

    Later I read a small written piece about your simplicity determination , on your blog site,,, that gave me pause , and that you too, recognized the enoromity of a sailing task , like sailing solo , any where , safely , that is !

    You are an award winner anywhere you go , because of your courage and your adventurous spirit ,,, an example for many “want to be’s” to follow . You have done it and are sharing your discovered knowledge with everyone ,,,, that is what a Good Life , is about ,,,, A Big Thanks , for Doing What You Do ,,,, S’pore

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      My name is Rimas.I am a 61-year-od sailor born in Sochi on the coast of the Black sea in Russia. I live in USA about 25-years. I am tremendous gain experience through the Gulf of Alaska in 2012 May,June.But I am lasted a sailboat in Aleutian islands on the reef, my voyage it was around the world.My ambitious solo sailing around the world will be continuing 100% in May of 2013.
      The plan will be my second attempt to solo around the world.You can read my article online google
      Please email to me what do you think about me solo sailing.
      Thank you very much
      My email:

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  3. Mark and Katie

    Hi Teresa, Just saw your Ted Talk a few days ago and read the article today. We just wanted to say that you are an inspiration to us as we enter the cruising lifestyle, both as a sailor and as a fellow human trying to do something good for the world. Keep it up.

  4. Annie

    Solo lets you be free to experience what happens and the results of your actions. It is something few women ever learn let alone enjoy! I’ve sailed solo for almost 70 years and it is the best. In company with another solo friend is also enjoyable. I like being the captain of my boat and taking on the whole thing. The rewards are great and spiritually enhancing. Competence breeds more. Sail on!!!

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  5. Daniel


    Just out of curiosity, any news on Daphne and where her new sailing grounds are? Hopefully she is still going out on her adventures on the high sea’s.


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      Yes, Daphne is is great hands. I sold her to a colleague of mine at Outward Bound. I think she is currently sailing in Maine.

  6. Gillian

    Hi .. tho I am still a newbie ,i found ur article a bit , how to do say not really in the catagory of single sailing. U had another boat trailing , watching over u and anchoring close or next to each other. Not the same as us who have no backup nearby.
    what i was expecting was that u truely sailed alone . u did not .
    So wonderful u found a sailing partner on one boat but really u need to fess up it was not truly solo . Wish I had ur situation .

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      Teresa Carey


      Anyone who is really out there sailing would recognize that there is no backup. When it is rough, there is little possibility that another small sailing vessel would be able to turn their attention away from keeping themselves and their own boat safe and toward helping another. No one helped me when I had to give myself stitches. No one had my back when I sailed through 45knots of wind. No one helped me free the anchor when it was stuck on a derelict fishing trap. No one stood a watch for me when I was tired and riding out a gale. There was no backup.

      I often sailed in convoy with my boyfriend (now husband). But you are absolute wrong to assume he was with me always. I’ve known Ben for less than half of my entire sailing career. I also sailed solo, in large crews, professional, and recreational. You are assuming you know everything about my sailing experience based solely on one article or even my entire web presences. Your off-hand comment to “fess up” was rude. I always welcome questions, even challenges, but only if they come from an open and supportive heart.

      This blog has always been a place where sailors, dreamers, and adventurers (including myself) can learn and grow together. We share stories, ask questions, answer with honesty, and support each other. Your conversation is welcome, but I likely won’t reply again unless it is kind. I have little tolerance for internet trolls.


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