About

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It’s wild to me that you’re reading this page. But, Hello! I’m Sarah Ryan and I like boats with sails.

I grew up sailing on Long Island. My grandmother would drive me and my cousin William to sailing camp in the summer. I’m not sure that I knew it would be a lifelong passion then but I do now.  I remember buying a sailboat (o’day sprite) off eBay with tarp sails and trying to sail it in the lake at a park near our home in Warrenton, Virginia.

My mother had a sunfish that she got in high school which I inherited after she passed away in addition to my passion for being on the water.  My mother, my best friend, lost her second battle with cancer three years ago.

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Losing my mother was the most difficult time in my life. I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia where I felt landlocked and alone. I decided that I had to move somewhere coastal and revive my sailing habit. I packed up and moved to Norfolk, Virginia. Today is over a year and a half later… I have worked at Sail Nauticus since September. I teach sailing at Sail Nauticus Academy which aims to offer a sailing opportunity to all kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to sail. Teaching them has taught me more about myself than the wisdom I was able to impart on them. I am forever changed.

In addition to teaching at Sail Nauticus, I had the opportunity to help restore and sail the 122-foot Schooner Virginia.

After college, I had started working in digital marketing. I enjoyed taking photos and sharing them with people. It brought me joy when a photo I took performed really well and when it could spark conversation. After I rekindled my sailing habit, I found I had a lot of beautiful footage and photos that I wanted to share. My mother had been a photographer so I felt really connected to her as my photography skill improved. All of this snowballed into where I am now.

In the next few years, we hope to become better sailors, get out scuba certifications, and hopefully transition to living aboard!