Whidbey race week-joanne at helmCaptain Joanne Donohue

I learned to sail on Lake Michigan in 1991 while living in Milwaukee. Upon moving to Seattle in 1996 I was a volunteer instructor at the Center for Wooden Boats for 3 years until I joined the Seattle Sailing Club in 1999. I took all my ASA classes through the club, got involved with racing through the club and took my first cruises through the club. In 2014, I obtained my USCG Captain’s license and got certified to teach ASA 101 and 103 through the club.   My cruising has taken me to the Mediterranean, the British Virgin Islands, the San Juan’s and the Gulf Islands. I have enjoyed racing with other women, including skippering and crewing in the Ballard Cup Series and double handing with women in the Race to the Straits. I am attracted to the challenge of races like Swiftsure and Round the County, but I also like to have fun in the summer time at Whidbey Race Week. I love the mental, physical and emotional challenge that sailing presents. Sailing has filled my life with much joy and so many wonderful stories. I hope to share that with my students.

Joanne was a fantastic instructor – patient, attentive, willing to help, and she also, very uniquely I might add, was able to incorporate a lot of the lessons and vernacular into the course of the day and the teaching. The content was woven into the actual experience, which I really appreciated. Sometimes, when you’re learning something, the instructor will “teach” the material, and then you won’t hear it again when you’re actually going through it. Joanne has a unique skill of weaving the content into the actual action, which was really helpful come test taking time. Thank you!! S.S., ASA 103
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