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Episode #11: Moe Roddy on the Empowering Nature of Sailing

Welcome back to Latitude 38’s podcast, Good Jibes! In this podcast, we’re bringing you the world of sailing through the eyes of the West Coast Sailor. Each week, you’ll hear stories and tips from the West Coast sailing community on cruising, racing and just plain sailing. Cast off, laugh and learn, and become a better sailor. Hosted by John Arndt, Nicki Bennett, Ryan Foland, and the team at Latitude 38 – the sailing magazine for West Coast sailors since 1977!

Moe Roddy

This week’s host, John Arndt, is joined by Moe Roddy to chat creating a lifetime of sailing experiences and finding empowerment in sailing. Moe is a racer and cruiser who was the 2nd woman ever to finish the singlehanded leg of the Bermuda One-Two. She’s a race committee volunteer, sits on the Board of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, and uses her experience as a retired nurse to spread women’s heart disease awareness. Hear how to get over being hesitant about sailing, why she got so involved in the racing community, her most memorable experiences on the water, what’s changed for women in sailing over the years, and the beauty of quiet time while crossing an ocean. This episode covers everything from learning how to sail to giving back to the racing community.


Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • What is a story that shaped Moe about sailing?
  • Have things changed in the Caribbean since she lived there?
  • What brought her back to California?
  • Why did she choose her boat for Bermuda?
  • What does the St. Francis Sailing Foundation do?
  • Where does the name The Red Dress come from?
  • How were the dynamics with Moe and 14 men?
  • Short Tacks: What is her dream boat?

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Moe Roddy

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Check out the episode and show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes


Cruisers versus Turtle Bay Kids
The game is the way baseball should be played — pitches every 10 seconds, no strikeouts, women are always safe, and there are 25 to 35 people on the field, some of them making out or enjoying lunch.
Flying High
The splintering wood sound was followed by some high-pitched and high-volume human voices issuing sail handling instructions, dispensed with much urgency.