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Voyage updates from Sally Gardiner-Smith

Meet Sally Gardiner-Smith

Sailing with Sally

Some of the earliest years of my life were spent traveling on a sailboat with my parents and sister. On two trips, which each lasted about two years, we traveled to Central America, the Caribbean and across the Atlantic to Europe. When first grade rolled around for me, we returned to Woolwich, Maine, and my sister and I were enrolled in public school. But apparently traveling had become part of my personality – when I was 16 I went to Thailand, where I lived with local families and spent a year studying on the country’s eastern coast.

When I graduated from Lincoln Academy in the spring of 2014, I began the process of looking for a boat. And with help from my parents and grandparents, I am now underway on Athena, a 1971 Erikson 29. My little back dog Elli and I have set out for a trip down the East Coast to Florida before we cross over to the Bahamas this winter. Next year it will be back to Florida in time to start school at Eckerd College in the fall.