Women un-Wind

“The tall ship experience helped to remind me that adventures are what make life. Ships are meant to be sailed, not left in the harbor. Life is meant to be lived.”
Mona ~ Waterford, Michigan


Mackinac Island, MI to Mackinac Island, MI

July 12 – 17

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Grab your sister, older daughter, mother, old friends or new friends and join us for our Women un-Wind  program this summer. We will journey to beautiful Mackinac Island to explore, softly challenge, laugh and untangle ourselves from the everyday stresses of life. This rejuvenating adventure is designed to help you re-connect with your Self in the company of other like-minded women.


On land, we encourage you to bike Mackinac Island and enjoy its charm, beauty, art galleries and delicious Ryba’s fudge! We then set sail aboard the 3-masted S/V Denis Sullivan with nearly 6,000 square feet of canvas for six days exploring open waters, local islands and lighthouses, and in the evenings we will settle in for breathtaking sunsets, sharing wine and friendly conversation.

On-board the ship, you will challenge yourself as you stand watch, practice traditional navigation and sail theory, climb and tend the rigging, and take the helm of this magnificent, swift and comfortable, 137-foot schooner.  You will be surrounded by hundreds of sailboats racing to reach Mackinac Island in record time as part of the Race to Mackinac – the sailing race of the season with a destination like no other.  Even though the Sullivan will not be participating in the Race, you will have a front row seat to all the action while crewing aboard the biggest and prettiest sailing ship of them all.  You'll want to bring your camera to capture the moment.


As part of Women un-Wind, we will go in search of the meaning behind the famous Petoskey stone, a local stone with a long geological and spiritual history. This stone can be found on the beaches of northern Michigan with naturally occurring designs on its smooth surface that, some have said throughout history, look like eyes to the soul.  The perfect metaphor for our voyage of rediscovery.


Likely Itinerary…

Sunday July 12, 2015

Drop your bags early with the ship at Arnold's dock on Mackinac Island and explore!

1:00pm – Board the vessel for orientation and climb the rigging

6:00pm – Dinner aboard ship

Spend the rest of your evening enjoying the Island nightlife.

Monday July 13, 2015

7:30am – Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and hearty breakfast

9:30am – Let go lines and get underway from Mackinac Island! You’ll be assigned to a watch group and throughout the day we’ll set and maneuver sails, bone-up on paper navigation and practice safety drills.

6:00pm – In the evening, we’ll be at anchor to swim, dine, relax together and discuss our experiences as we slowly let go of our land lives.

Sisters_Under_Sail 150Tuesday – Thursday (7/14 – 7/16)

The days begin to roll into a rhythm all their own. We’ll discover islands, sand dunes and comb the beaches in search of Petoskey stones. The evenings will be filled with laughter, sharing stories and perhaps a glass of wine. Take a refreshing dip in the fresh waters of Lake Michigan, soak in the warm sunsets, watch for sailboats racing to Mackinac and appreciate these moments with a group of fun-loving women.


Friday July 17, 2015

An early morning haul back and sail back to Mackinac Island

3:00pm – You’ll be ready to disembark from the ship. Feel free to further explore the Island and perhaps stay in one of its many (lovely!) B&B’s and hotels (http://www.mackinacisland.org/lodging/hotels-historic-inns/).


Your participation supports our mission and scholarship fund. After the initial non-refundable registration fee has been processed, the balance of the voyage fee will be invoiced with an easy payment plan.
Minimum age requirement of 19 years.

Helpful hints for getting to and from Mackinac Island: http://www.mackinacisland.org/getting-here/

Feel free to contact Sisters Under Sail Founder, Dawn Santamaria, with any questions!

dawn@sistersundersail.org ~ 908.256.6758