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Episode #79: Sheila McCurdy and Mary Crowley on Remembering Diana Russell

This week’s host, Moe Roddy, is joined by Sheila McCurdy and Mary Crowley, two longtime sailors who now share a bond to the late Diana Russell. Sheila was the first female Commodore of the Cruising Club of America (CCA) and Mary received the first ever Diana Russell Award for her Project Kaisei and efforts with her Ocean Voyages Institute.

Hear the legacy of Diana Russell, the worst weather they’ve ever sailed through, how to reduce plastic in the ocean, the reality of the North Pacific Gyre (NPG), and their favorite sailing adventures.


This episode covers everything from plastic to the CCA. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • When did Sheila & Mary start sailing on their own?
  • What’s the worst weather they’ve ever seen on the water?
  • How did Mary react when she found out she got the award?
  • What is Project Kaisei?
  • Where is the North Pacific Gyre?
  • What is the Diana Russell Award?
  • How was the Cruising Club of America formed?
  • Short Tacks: Who’s inspired Sheila & Mary the most in the world?

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

Show Notes

Thanks for listening to Sheila McCurdy, Mary Crowley, and Moe Roddy on Good Jibes with Latitude 38. Subscribe here to receive Latitude 38 to your home each month.

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