Skip to content

Good Jibes With Record-Holding Solo Sailor Linda Newland

This week’s host, Chris Weaver, is joined by Linda Newland to chat about a lifetime of conquering oceans and teaching the next generation of women sailors. Linda co-founded the Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar 30 years ago, and was honored with the 2022 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award by BoatUS and the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA).

Linda Newland on Good Jiibes
Linda arrives in Kobe, Japan, at the end of her solo Pacific crossing. How long did the crossing take?
© 2022 Linda Newland

Linda holds the record as the fastest female to singlehand from San Francisco to Japan, and has cruised and raced across the Pacific Ocean several times. Hear how to celebrate women sailors, battle seasickness, prepare to cross the Pacific, and skipper a crew, and about the time she learned Morse code.

This episode covers everything from sailing seminars to celestial navigation. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear:

  • What’s the story of Linda learning to sail by herself?
  • How did her early sailing experiences inspire her to co-found the Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar?
  • When did she first have a desire to cross the Pacific Ocean?
  • How was her first Singlehanded Transpacific Race in 1980?
  • When was her second Singlehanded Transpacific Race?
  • How do you keep from being too lonely during 52 days at sea?
  • When was Linda’s next Hawaii crossing?
  • How was it competing against her new husband?

Learn more about Linda here:

Listen to the episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast spots — follow and leave a 5-star review if you’re feeling the Good Jibes!

And, if you haven’t signed up for the Good Jibes newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? All signups between October 1 and October 31 are entered to win one of five Spracht BoneHead Sport headsets. Sign up here, or see more information at Good Jibes.

Leave a Comment

East on Latitude 38
The Annapolis Boat Show is a rendezvous of great people and great boats, at one of the best times of the year. And this year the weather was exceptional.