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Happy International Women’s Day From the Women of Latitude 38

We all know women who sail, and many of us are those women who sail. But today, we have the opportunity to make more noise and bring to everyone’s attention a few of the women who sail, who also happen to be the crew behind your favorite sailing magazine, Latitude 38.

The following women have all made their own marks on sailing in every form from daysailing to Bay sailing, racing to cruising, offshore to passage making, deliveries and everything in between. And, then we can add that all of these women are also competent mechanics, electricians, woodworkers, bottom painters, riggers… the list goes on. And that’s when they’re not using their skills to collate and publish the stories, photos and ads that make up the monthly pages of the magazine.

Today we pay tribute to this crew, and all women everywhere, whether they be sailing on the water or on land. Thank you for being you and for making the world a better place.

First up (we’re going alphabetically) we have Nicki Bennett, our sales and marketing guru. Nicki singlehands and lives aboard her Ericson 32 Sospiro. Unless she’s out cruising the snow-covered mountains in her “Rad Van.”

women of Latitude 38
We all remember the feeling of “first time…” First time taking our own boat to the pumpout is a significant moment.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Nicki

Next we introduce Heather Breaux. Heather joined the crew just recently and has already managed to sheet in more than a few of our wayward tacks.

There’s nothing half so much worth doing as simply mucking it out on boats. (Yes, we tortured Kenneth Grahame’s quote.)
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Heather

Many readers will already know Penny Clayton. Penny works out of our New York “office” and runs the Latitude 38 office kitty and ensures we always have everything we need for smooth sailing. She’s also our Classy Classifieds magician!

Penny was also lucky enough to sail with Sylvia and Barry Stompe aboard their 48-ft yawl Iolani during the 2013 America’s Cup.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Penny

Here we have Monica Grant. Monica has been heading up ‘Lectronic Latitude for the past couple of years. She loves hearing from all of Latitude’s readers and says you all need to share more of your own stories, too!

Remember those “first time…” moments? They also apply to baking banana bread on an offshore passage, and riding the bowsprit of an 82-ft schooner.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Monica

Please meet Jean Ouellette. Jean is one of our outstanding proofreaders, who on most days can be found ridding our pages of typos and errors.

It’s not the vessel that matters to Jean; it’s simply the adventure and the joy of being powered by the wind.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Jean

This brings us to Christine Weaver. Chris is a foundation of Latitude 38. She is an avid racer and cruiser and can often be found sailing on the Bay out of RYC or somewhere in the Delta.

Chris has also been known to cruise to Mexico with the Baja Ha-Ha.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

And finally we have Colleen Young. Colleen has worn many hats with Latitude 38, from managing the Classy Classifieds to designing and fine-tuning our editorial artwork. In other words, she makes us look good.

Proof that the L38 crew do sail together. That is, when we’re not stuck at our desks.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Colleen

But wait, let’s also recognize Leslie Arndt. Leslie is the wife of Latitude 38 publisher John Arndt, and Leslie is the person who makes everything work. Because… well, all the women will understand 🙂

If she can hold up the GGB, she can hold up the magazine. Thanks, Leslie!
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Leslie

And one more… The wonderful, versatile Crissy Fields, who has been with us through storms and squalls and fair weather alike.

Thanks for always being there, Crissy.
© 2023 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Crissy

Thanks to everyone for joining us on this journey of celebration. And to all the women who aren’t on this page, you, too, rock!



  1. Susan Ruhne 1 year ago

    thank you Latitude Ladies!

  2. milly Biller 1 year ago

    I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting most of you and sailing against you- so fun ! Keep up the great work and keep Latitude the go to sailing magazine that it is !

  3. Caryl 1 year ago

    Congratulations, Monica! – a star on the water, and off! ?

  4. Memo Gidley 1 year ago

    Go ladies!!

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