Sally Garrett is best known for her exploits in short-handed sailing, being the only woman to have competed in two Round New Zealand races, and she’s also sailed in three Round North Island races. On top of that, she’s the reigning women’s national keelboat champion, been involved in leading clubs and organising offshore races and was the leading female helm at the last Flying 15 world championships. But Sally also works as an environmental scientist with the defence technology agency and studies the waves, tides and weather in the Southern Ocean in order to make it safer for people to go there.
Sally talks about her experiences in short-handed sailing, both good and bad - the rough weather, injuries, sleep deprivation and mental game - and also the rewards of the sport and how to get more women involved. Sally also delves into her work as an environmental scientist and what a whopping 23.8m wave really looks like and what impact this has on her keelboat and dinghy sailing.