TOTEM TALKS: ask us anything!

To date, a theme melds each of our livestreams. This time, no script! Shape the content of our next TOTEM TALKS by asking, well, anything.

Saturday, August 8 at 10:00 am PT, 1:00 pm ET

Register here to attend.

Valid question: how do you get a dolphin to balance on its nose for a picture?

Replay recent events

  • TOTEM TALKS: hello, hurricane season. We review the global picture for cruisers, preparation, strategies, insurance, and talk about scenarios for North America in particular. Watch it now!
  • TOTEM TALKS with Matt Rutherford – hear this remarkable sailor talk about his solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas – and his nonprofit work to support scientific research about the health of our oceans. Event available for replay; use password: marie!tharp65
  • TOTEM TALKS: dream destinations – some of the most magical places we’ve visited! Meeting available for replay; you’ll need this password: 10*Totem*Dreams
  • Cocktails with Cruising World: a fun, 30 minute interview with CW editors. Replay to learn about our adventures, budget and more!



TOTEM TALKS livestream events

TOTEM TALKS are virtual meetups, our way to connect with the community to support all cruisers: planning, present, or past. Each FREE session will include real-world updates, a peek into a cruising topic (weather, budgeting, training, etc.), and Q&A with participants.

Our first TOTEM TALKS session – April 12, 2020

Boat Shows

Wooden Boat Festival – goes virtual!

September 12th, 2020, with video content available for a month

The annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, is ON – and this year, it’s ONLINE! They’re bringing a wide range of knowledge, experiences, and learning – and because we all get Zoom fatigue, the live-for-the-festival sessions can be replayed for a MONTH. The lineup and schedule are still being firmed up, but Jamie and I are excited to be a part of this landmark event…tickets are available now, and a bunch of teaser videos for the content in store as well.

You know what I find exceptionally cool about all this? Aside from the fact we can actually ATTEND this year, despite being in Mexico, the virtual nature allows WBF to engage presenters from farther afield as well – individuals and organizations who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend! Lin Pardey, the Sail Cargo crew in Costa Rica, Matt Rutherford, rope makers from Hardanger Maritime Centre in Norway, Nigel Calder, and more. Details at

Annapolis Boat Show: Cruisers University

October 5th-8th, 2020, hybrid in-person and virtual program

Jamie and I are thrilled that the top-notch cruiser education program we’ve been a part of for some years has chosen to provide a hybrid virtual program this fall! Pandemic challenges mean it’s not possible for us to travel from Mexico (and probably for many learners to travel to/from Annapolis). This schedule is also still being firmed up, but visit the Cruisers U website for updates.

Women’s Sailing Seminar

November 13th  – 15th, 2020

I’m thrilled to keynote the Island Yacht Club’s 28th annual Women’s Sailing Seminar! The WSS is a west coast institution and bastion of support for women in sailing that’s also gone virtual this year. For updates, visit their website.


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Participating at the annual Cruisers Forum at the Seattle Boat Show. We hope to return in January 2021!


Keep in touch, and drop us a note if we’ll see you at a show – or if you’d like us to speak to your organization!

Seminars and splicing classes in La Cruz 2019 season

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