It is such a wonderful read! Very informative and interesting! Something I’ve never read before. I learned so much! Learning became so easy when the information connected to my emotions. I am marveled at not only your raw creativity, but your ability to tie fiction and nonfiction into a perfect little bow and open a beautiful gift from your heart to ours.

Taylore Garnett

This book is both entertaining and informative. It is easy to understand for someone (male, female, blonde, brunette or redhead!) who has never sailed before. It explains basic concepts for anyone who has sailed before but was confused by the complicated concepts and terminology. The simulator gave me the understanding of how to sail that I did not have prior to using it.

Libby Miller

After years of wanting to sail, I came out to PPYC in Nashville to a Learning at the Helm event held on Tuesday evenings. Joyce approached me, looked me in the eye and asked “Would you like to learn how to sail?” Of course I said yes and she started to explain the sailing concepts and points of sail in a way that made total sense to me. An hour later we were out on her boat and actually sailing! As we tacked and jibed, it all came together and I couldn’t believe how much I gained in such a short time. I have taken that knowledge and used it as my foundation to build on in sailing courses and just sailing out on the water ever since. Joyce helped unlock the mystery of sailing and is a huge part of the passion for sailing I have today.

Brock Downey

What an amazing book! A whole lot of information is presented in a way that should not intimidate the beginning sailor be he or she blonde or otherwise. It is apparent the amount of work that went into this. It’s a good introduction to sailing with the terms and methods for a newbie to get out on the water. I found it to be interesting that the personalities onboard were so real and the love for sailing was, too. It is a wonderful way to learn how to sail in that it is presented in an entertaining way.


This book is very unique, educational and witty. I especially loved the Sail Knots and the Captainairisms, too! My book will be titled Sailing With A Blonde, And Other Nautical Humor! I loved sailing with you and you are so expert at it and I would not take anything for the fun we had. It was a memory that will last a lifetime. Who has been to the Bermuda Triangle and survived crossing the Gulf Stream and all the other fabulous things we saw! You are awesome and this book will be a best seller!

Judy Whitaker

Great experience with Captain Joyce during a LATH session.  We learned a lot and had fun.  Looking forward to the next time.  (All true)

Adina Cherry and Yukito Fukushima

This book took lots of hard work and dedication from an author who really wants you to learn to sail! Thank you.

Cindy Todd