It’s wild to me that you’re reading this page. But, Hello! I’m Sarah Ryan. I like boats with sails and keeping our oceans clean.
I grew up sailing on Long Island in the summers. My grandmother would drive me and my cousin, William, to sailing camp in Oyster Bay. I’m not sure that I knew it would be a lifelong passion then but I do now. I remember buying a sailboat (o’day sprite) off eBay with tarp sails and trying to sail it in the lake at a park near our home in Warrenton, Virginia.
My mother had a sunfish that she got in high school which I inherited after she passed away in addition to my passion for being on the water. My mother, my best friend, lost her second battle with cancer three years ago.
Losing my mother was the most difficult time in my life. I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia where I felt landlocked and alone. I decided that I had to move somewhere coastal and revive my sailing habit. So, I packed up and moved to Norfolk, Virginia. I started teaching sailing at Sail Nauticus Academy which aims to offer a sailing opportunity to all kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to sail. Teaching them taught me more about myself than the wisdom I was able to impart on them. I am forever changed.
In addition to teaching at Sail Nauticus, I had the opportunity to help restore and sail aboard the 122-foot Schooner Virginia.
After college, I had started working in digital marketing. I enjoyed taking photos and sharing them with people. It brought me joy when a photo I took performed really well and when it could spark conversation. After I rekindled my sailing habit, I found I had a lot of beautiful footage and photos that I wanted to share. My mother had been a photographer so I felt really connected to her as my photography skill improved. All of this snowballed into why you’re here reading this.
Now, I live in Manhattan where I am attending law school. I hope to make a larger impact in our planet’s future. I’m studying environmental law and using my audience here to spread the word about eco-friendly initiatives.