Sustainable Sailing – My New Column

I am very happy to announce that I am now writing regularly for SisterShip Magazine! The first edition of my new column, Sustainable Sailing, was published in April and will appear in each following bi-monthly issue of the magazine.

As a treat the digital April issue is available for FREE!!!

Please feel free to share this link on your social media platforms so more people get a chance to learn all about SisterShip and Sustainable Sailing. I hope you’ll take a moment to have a look at this recently refurbish publication, and if you like what you read will consider supporting us by subscribing.

So, what does sustainable really mean?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary something is sustainable when it can “be maintained at a certain rate or level.” In an environmental context being sustainable is the capacity for the human civilization to exist, in harmony, with the biosphere without depleting natural resources beyond regeneration.

Living in our modern, technological world it is sometimes difficult to find that equilibrium. One that both allows us to enjoy modern conveniences and to live in balance with the natural world.

Sustainability encompasses thinking about the big picture – looking further up the supply chain than just single use plastic, really thinking about what buying local means, actively deciding to make do and being mindful of your social and environmental impact. It requires us to ask hard questions, and to be honest about our habits.

Living, and sailing, sustainably is something that I have been trying to do for over a decade.

Like the story of any epic sailing adventure, the journey to sustainable sailing is a long haul. One that is fraught with breakages, and jury rigs, and occasionally going in the wrong direction. One full of highs and lows, perfect days and stormy nights. A journey where no matter how skilled and knowledgeable you are, there is always a new challenge or something new to learn.

I hope you’ll join me, and that together we can navigate our way to a better future, for ourselves and the planet. If you have any topics you would like covered or any tips to share, please drop me a line via email at You can also follow along on Instagram @sustainable.sailing



P.S. My next Sustainable Sailing article will be all about reducing food waste, so stayed tuned for that!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary says:

    Good to hear you are doing okay.
    Read the magazine cover-to-cover. Most enjoyable. :))

    1. Heather Francis says:

      Thanks Mary, all is well here, glad you enjoyed the read.

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