BOAST Member Spotlight: Julie Cumiford
Published 12:06am on 17 Jan 2024
From beginner sailor to boat owner, Julie (one of four OWSA Julies) joined BOAST last year, intent on becoming more comfortable with being in charge of a boat. I was definitely a beginner sailor, she said of her experiences, prior to joining the BOAST program. During her time on the OWSA fleet boats, Julie learned innumerable things, including all of the steps involved in raising the main sail, the functions of all of the lines, and even reefing on Salud.
When asked what she loved about BOAST, Julie said I met some really cool people and made great connections, in addition to the sailing education. Those connections lead her to taking part in the San Juan Islands bareboat charter and also planned participation in trips to the British Virgin Islands and La Paz this year! At the beginning of the program I was wondering if I'd be able to take friends and family out or wait until the next year. That was a nice surprise that I got good enough that I felt comfortable taking them all out.
Before the sailing season was over, Julies comfort level had increased to the point that she became co-owner of a sailboat with fellow BOASTer Megan Weatherill, and Megans husband.
Their boat, Blythe Spirit, is moored in Bellingham, so don't look for it on the river just yet.
Photo caption: BOASTers and new boat owners Julie Cumiford (L) and Megan Weatherill (R)