On this episode Abby Ehler and Joan Mulloy, co-host to discuss motherhood in sailing. Joan is one of Ireland’s most inspiring young sailors, having represented her country on the global racing stage. In 2018, Joan became the first Irish woman to represent her country at the high-profile international Solitaire Le Figaro race. Her ultimate ambition is to be the first Irish person to complete the Vendée Globe, a solo round-the-world race.

Joan has some very exciting yet challenging news not only of navigating the COVID environment but also that she is pregnant and expecting her first baby in September. Joan had been thinking about how much she would love to hear from other female offshore sailors talking about their experiences of motherhood and raising a family alongside their sailing careers. So the aim of this podcast is to delve into the topic of Motherhood and a sailing related career, with the aim of chatting to guests Carolijn Brouwer and Maria Bertrand to talk about their experiences and share any advice to those, like Joan, who are about to enter into the new world of being a mum and many others who are wondering how on earth it is possible to juggle such an unconventional job with being a parent.

Carolijn Brouwer has successfully navigated the balance of sailing as a career and being a mother, Carolijn many of you will already know is an experienced dinghy and offshore sailor, having won the last edition of The Volvo Ocean Race with DongFeng Race Team. 

Maria Bertrand will be a little less known to the sailing world from the outside, however she is certainly no less important and is a master of sailing team logistics and a natural born organiser.  Maria, has two children, now aged eight and four, and has worked for five editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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