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Women Crush Wednesday, on a Monday

Last September we shared our first Women Crush Wednesday #wcw story. Our plan was to make this a regular feature, but there are just so many outstanding women out there that we were befuddled about whom to feature next. Actually, the truth is, we got busy and forgot. But new year, new plan!

This month we’re sharing a very short post. January’s #wcw celebrity is Laura Brazil from Petaluma. Laura and her husband Rich are passionate sailors and Baja Ha-Ha vets who spend as much time as they can sailing in Mexico. Right now they are in Puerto Vallarta preparing their 1987 Nauticat 43, Tally Ho, for a sail to Barra de Navidad.

Laura is not one to sit back and let the boys do all the dirty jobs. She gets right in there, literally, and does her share of the cleaning and fixing.

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Tally Ho has spent the past two years at Puerto Vallarta’s Paradise Village Marina.
© 2022 Rich Brazil

Fellow Petaluma Yacht Club members Sal Toramina and Kristy and John McDill will join Tally Ho for the passage south. Here’s their sailing itinerary.

“The trip will start with a daysail from Paradise Village Marina to Yelapa, where we will enjoy the funkiness of this quaint village for a day and a half. An overnight sail to Chamela, where we’ll anchor out for a day or two, followed by another daysail to Tenacatita Bay, where we’ll stay a couple of days. Next, the short hop to Barra, where Tally Ho will be marina boat neighbors with our good friends Monique and John Schulthess of the Lagoon 44 Baja Fog. We hope to sail the area for a season before heading south to Zihuatanejo next spring for Guitar Fest.”

Tally Ho hauled out in La Cruz for some fresh bottom paint in preparation for her next adventure.
© 2022 Rich Brazil

As Rich retired on December 30, 2021, the couple now has plans for longer voyages, including an exploration of the Sea of Cortez.


  1. Kimmie 2 years ago

    Such a wonderful story about wonderful folks !!

  2. China 2 years ago

    Wow! Amazing to see strong, powerful women getting recognized. Laura is a beautiful human being!

  3. Houston 2 years ago

    A well-chosen woman for this week’s highlight. We know and love Laura. …and Rich ain’t so bad either.

  4. Norita 2 years ago

    Woohoo! Viva Laura!

  5. Tobycat 2 years ago

    Way to go, Laura!

  6. Gena 2 years ago

    So typical of Laura, always ready to do her share an more! Rich and Laura are both amazing sailors, admired by all!

  7. Seedro 2 years ago

    Good job Laura, very proud of you!

  8. Alexie 2 years ago

    Laura is truly a ray of sunshine!

  9. Ears 2 years ago

    Hidden in plain sight Rich,Laura,Tally Ho, here we go!

  10. Great smile Lushes! You go girl! What an adventure you and that fun crew will have. We will enjoy the stories upon your return. Que tenga un buen viaje!!!

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