I have been thinking a lot about the space we as women occupy in the maritime world, particularly given that my “space” has altered somewhat in the past year. Having up until this point considered myself strictly a sailor, I now mostly cook and have chosen a role as full time chef onboard. There came a point where I no longer needed to prove myself on deck, competitions in strength or agility held no more magic and I felt I was repressing my female desire to take care of people. Cooking full-time also comes with its obstacles, however ultimately it is very rewarding.
Women are often objects of either necessity or desire onboard a vessel, I have been both at different times. We have had to carve a place for ourselves within the wooden planks. To be sure there are vastly fewer famous “Navigatrice” than Navigators. However those who have come before us have invariably paved the way to a much fairer future.
So carve your place amongst ships that go to sea, see the world and all it has to offer, however remain cautious. Don’t get too attached to your transient home, for its future lies in the hands of the merciless sea. Take care of your own skin, your muscles, your bones, the beds of your fingernails. These are your true vessel. Stretch your palms to the sky and feel the deck bow beneath you, delight in this moment because it too shall pass and this is a life with little certainty. Move with elegance and with grace, show no fear but show mercy. A woman’s place is important, the feminine in you should be able to shine as it will undoubtably benefit others.
I will write again soon, best wishes,