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Women's Luncheon 2011 375

Washington Women's Luncheon & An Evening with Tania

11/21/2013 11:30AM-1:30PM
11/21/2013 5:30PM-7:00PM

Each year the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Washington Women's Luncheon. The purpose of the luncheon is bring the women of Beaufort County together for a fun and motivating luncheon. The Washington Women's Luncheon has hosted speakers Kelly Swanson, Jeanne Robertson and Celia Rivenbark since its beginnings in 2009.

This year we are excited to bring Tania Aebi, the first American woman and youngest person to sail around the world solo. In May 1985, when Tania Aebi was only 18 years old, she cast off from the docks of South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and sailed 27,000 miles around the world, alone, on her 26-foot sloop, Varuna. Concerned about her lack of ambition, her father offered her this opportunity as an alternative to a college education, and she took him up on it. For the next two and a half years, with only a cat for company, she crossed the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the North Atlantic, stopping in 23 countries along the way.

She sailed through storms and calms, gathering stories, friendships, inspirational examples, and maturity along the way. She also learned a lot about setting a larger-than-life goal and being committed to following it through despite mechanical breakdowns, the death of her mother, loneliness, doubt, and fear. In November 1987, just barely 21, Tania Aebi stepped back onto the cement shores of New York City, a solo-circumnavigator.

She spent the year after her return reliving the trip in words, writing her bestselling book, Maiden Voyage, the personal account that synthesized her modern day odyssey and the dramatic childhood leading up to it.

Luncheon Information (women only):

Washington Yacht & Country Club
November 21st

Evening Event (men and women):

Washington Yacht & Country Club
Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
November 21st

Tickets for each event are $35.00/person. Call the Chamber at 946-9168 to reserve your tickets!


Washington Yacht & Country Club


Jeanne Niederhauser, 946-9168

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