Margaret Traylor, female, 32

Ref 41313

Nationality: United States
Currently based in: Bad Oldesloe, Germany
Looking for: Caribbean; Central & North America; Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands;
Experience: 0 ocean miles / 113 coastal miles

I have basic crew skills, good communication skills, and I know how to live in tight spaces. I'm looking for a trans-Atlantic passage from Europe to North America in winter of 2020/21, and/or a trans-Atlantic from North America to Europe in early 2021.

About Me

I am a sci-fi and fantasy writer and I'm passionate about conscious communication, intentional community, and how effective we can be in making the world a better place with both. The questions I ask myself in almost every situation are, "How can we understand each other better? How can we work better together to keep improving our situation or project?"

Why I Want to Sail

The skills of sailing have always fascinated me because of my experiences with my granddad, and I love learning everything I can. Not just the "cool" skills like sail trim and maneuvers, but the nitty-gritty maintenance stuff.

I'm looking for a way to be able to visit the people I love on both sides of the Atlantic with less of an ecological impact. The last few years I've done quite a bit more flying between the USA and Europe to be with my spouse than I'm comfortable with. While living in a co-op, I met a visitor who had hitchsailed as an alternative to flying, found out that there was an extremely affordable sailing club in my back yard (I could see the mooring field out my window), and was inspired by my sailing experiences with my grandfather when I was younger. I decided, "Well, don't want to fly so much? So do something about it.

Experiences Relevant to Cruising:

- Last summer I took every class at the local sailing club I could manage and got my American Sailing Association 101 Basic Keelboat. This summer (pending developments with the COVID-19 crisis) I'm going to go cruising along the coast of Denmark with my spouse and father-in-law to get some NM under my belt.

- Growing up, every summer I went to visit my grandparents and they would take me sailing. When I was around 21, I spent a month with my granddad learning sailing as research for a story. This later inspired me to look at sailing as a transcontinental travel option.

- I've lived in many US States, Latin America, and East Asia, and finally landed, unexpectedly, in Germany. I've also lived a total of around ten years in intentional communities. I've learned to adapt to lots of different cultures and kinds of people.

- I lived 11 months in the wilderness of the US Northwoods with families with children, as course participant and resident Wilderness EMT. Our only metal tools were knives and tomahawks, and we transitioned from making fire with matches to only making it with bowdrill, and from living in tents to living in bark and thatch lodges.

How is this relevant to sailing? I know how to live with lots of people in tight spaces through thick and thin! During the winter (down to - 30° F), I slept in a huge lean-to with ten other people. We were lined up like sardines in a can. I learned a lot about interpersonal dynamics and communication, and how to keep working effectively with people even when there are personal disputes or discomfort. It didn't matter if we liked each other that day or not, we depended on each other and had to work together. And you know what? By doing that, more often than not, we ended up liking each other.

Am I the Perfect Communicator Who Always Maintains Equilibrium and Who Can Help Resolve Every Situation? Absolutely not. :) But I always strive to do my best.


- ASA 101 Basic Keelboat
- Wilderness Medical Associates certified Wilderness EMT
- Bachelor degree in Sustainable Community Development


- My native language is English
- My German is Level B1
- My Spanish is incredibly rusty, and German tends to pop out (somehow both languages got downloaded to the same container), but with some immersion and practice I believe I would get back in the swing of things.
- I'm learning Gregg shorthand
- I also know some American Sign Language, and am always looking for opportunities to learn more (would totally sail with a Deaf crew!).


- I'm working my way through the RCC's "The Atlantic Crossing Guide"
- Regarding drinking or smoking, I don't drink or smoke myself, but I'm fine being around people who do. In smoking situations I prefer not to be indoors for long periods of time with someone who is smoking. Regarding drinking, I would prefer to be on a boat where the responsible consumption of alcohol is in moderation.

Smoking: non-smoker
Relationship status: married
Dietary requirements: I prefer a low-carb high-fat diet with few legumes, but for a few weeks I can eat just about anything.
Languages: English; German; Spanish; Some American Sign Language
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Margaret’s Sailing Experience

Number of years sailing: less than 1
Sea miles sailed: Ocean: 0 / Coastal: 113
Nights at sea: 1-10
I have experience as: Crew
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Sailing Skills Experienced
I have done this many times and am confident to help others less experienced. I am happy doing this day
I am competent doing this in daylight, or if there is someone more experienced with me
I have only done this a few times, but I am willing to learn
I have not done this before
Steer a compass course x
Keep lookout/watch-keeping x
Trimming sails – mainsail and foresail/jib x
Reefing x
Working the foredeck – setting sails including spinnakers and cruising chutes x
Navigating with GPS and paper charts at sea x
Anchoring and handling anchors x
Cooking at sea x
Using dinghies with outboard motors x
Heaving-to and other heavy weather tactics x

Other nautical or cruising skills

Using VHF radiox

Other nautical or relevant qualifications

Qualification Awarding Level Year
ASA 101 Basic Keelboat American Sailing Association 2019
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) Wilderness Medical Associates EMT 2018

Voyage History

Date Boat From/To Miles Role # Crew Rally
January 0 38 Slidell, LA, USA/Ship Island, Gulf Coast of Mississippi 113 Other 3
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