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Holding Fast: A Memoir of Sailing, Love, and Loss

Many people dream of escaping reality and sailing away but few actually go. Blond, blue-eyed, irreverent John bursts into Susan’s life in her twenties dreaming of sailing off. Susan dreams of settling down and doesn't want to go. A three-year voyage with their young daughter profoundly changes their lives. A gripping sailing story and an inspirational memoir for women.




Publications about Susan's sailing adventures include:


"Riding Out Hurricane Mitch in GuatemalaBlue Water Sailing, Summer 2023


"Laughing Goat: Havana to Isla Mujeres" Blue Water Sailing, Winter 2023


"First Passage: Sailing to the Bahamas" Blue Water Sailing, Fall 2022


"Laughing Goat: Family Adventures Onboard" Blue Water Sailing, Spring 2022



Reading at Women's National Book Association, New Orleans Chapter, January 2021 (begins at 39:40)


"Harbor Lights," r.kv.r.y quarterly, April 2017


An interview with Susan in r.kv.r.y quarterly in April 2017


"Boat Insanity," The Daily Palette, March, 2014


"Lost Compass," Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie, March, 2014


"On Not Going to the Bahamas," Living Aboard, July/August 2010


"Returning to the Land of Rules," Living Aboard, January/February 2010


"Getting My Feet Wet," MARY, Winter 2010