Changing Course: A Woman's Guide to Choosing the Cruising Life

Author:

Debra Cantrell

Publisher:

McGraw Hill Education

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Publisher

McGraw Hill Education

Publication Year 2000
ISBN-13

9780071360876

ISBN-10 0071360875
Binding

Hardcover

Number of Pages 192 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 23 X 17.8 X 2
Weight (grms) 371

Women who have lived the cruising life share their advice, tell their stories, and relive their adventures - 


What if your life partner's dream is your nightmare? Debra Ann Cantrell faced just that dilemma when her husband proposed living and cruising on a boat. She would lose a career she loved and, she feared, everything by which she'd defined herself. She wondered how others before her had made this decision, and what had happened to them, and decided to explore the process of life change by studying more than 100 women, over a five-year period, whose partners had proposed the cruising life. Changing Course is the first decision-making guide written specifically for women considering leaving their careers, friends, and everyday life to join their partners at sea, and it offers valuable guidance for anyone considering a major lifestyle change.


"So your partner wants to go cruising, and you don't know what you want. Whether you find the idea appealing or appalling, you're probably struggling with the thought of leaving behind a home, community, family, and friends you love. You may face a variety of fears and concerns, some of which you feel you can talk to your partner about and some you haven't admitted to anyone but yourself. You wish you knew more about what cruising has to offer and others' experiences dealing with this major lifestyle change. You are not alone. Changing Course is the first book that honestly evaluates the transition to life afloat."--Beth Leonard, author of The Voyager's Handbook

Debra Cantrell

Debra Cantrell is an adult educator working with the native peoples of Canada--helping them develop self-government and social institutions. A large part of her job is facilitating workshops; she also trains counselors to deal with social problems such as alcoholism and child abuse. Her husband first started talking about long-term cruising in 1987, and they chartered in the Caribbean in 1987, 1991, and 1993. They bought their boat while on charter in 1993, and have since been easing into the cruising life with two-month cruises whenever possible. They made their first major offshore passage (U.S. Virgins to the Chesapeake) in 1997. Meanwhile, in her doctoral program in Adult Education, Cantrell wrote her dissertation on women embracing the cruising lifestyle. Through the internet and sailing magazines, she met and interviewed 107 women, following some 80 of them over a five-year period of their lives. Cantrell sees a conjunction between her professional work and her interest in cruising women--in both areas she has focused on holistic wellness, health and happiness achieved through challenge and change. HOMETOWN: Collingwood, Ontario.
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