Shelly Willard: Ambassador

April 5, 2021 by Nicki Bennett

Welcome aboard Shelly Willard. It is Shelly's second year representing Sailstice as an ambassador and her 8th year of sailing on Sailstice. Shelly is passionate about sailing and the community it connects.

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

If only I had grown up sailing, rather than "just" on the water in every other type of boat! But better late than never; in the last 15 years I have found the sailing community as diverse and welcoming as the boats they sail on. I've cruised on big and small boats, gone through the Panama Canal, snorkeled and scuba-ed tiny islands, but the best part is being on the water with other sailors, experiencing new winds every day, and gazing out 360 degrees around me. It's a sailor's life for me!

What is your favorite color? 

BLUE of course!! (with a little green sometimes)

Preferred type of sailing: 

Sailing the coast of Maine, from bay to island to the bay, always watching for lobsta pots. Sailing new waters. Boats? Wooden or small, to be close to the water & waves.

Boat Make: 

Herreshoff, Halberg Rassy, Hinckley! (wishful thinking)

Boat Length: 


Boat Name: 

Wishful Thinking


Brooklin & Damariscotta ME, Tiburon CA

Favorite Point of Sail: 

Close hauled

How long have you been sailing? 

13 years (how lucky am I?)

What do you love about sailing?

Freedom, being outside in ever-changing natural conditions, and the people. That's all!

How long have you been participating in Summer Sailstice? 

Maybe 8 years?

What are your Summer Sailstice plans for 2021?

Challenge myself to draft a new sailor, and maybe even sail on a new-to-me body of water.

Are you a part of any sailing clubs, fleets or organizations? 

Corinthian YC, Cabadetis YC (Round Pond ME), Jack London YC

Why do you want to be a Summer Sailstice Ambassador?

Because Everyone deserves to experience the Joy of Sailing

How do you plan to promote Summer Sailstice? 

By talking a lot to strangers and wearing cool SS T-shirts

Who is your sailing hero?

Joshua, John, and Jon

What is your bucket list sailing trip? 

So many, but Adriatic and Baltic Seas are up there

Favorite Sailing Movie? 

The Mercy and The Life Aquatic



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