SpinSheet Magazine April 2020

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Making a Small Dent in a World of Negativity A Q&A With Sailor and Author Carol Cronin


ith her fourth novel “Ferry to Cooperation Island” due to come out June 16, author and one-design racer Carol Cronin took time to answer SpinSheet’s questions about her sailing life, inspiration, and new work.

Bookstore (now Old Fox Books) on Maryland Avenue. Right at the end, a woman came in who I’d never seen before and said, “I had to meet you, and I need your phone number. My name is Carol Cronin, and I get

What’s your connection to the Chesapeake sailing scene?

Annapolis is my second home and the first home of my longtime crew, SpinSheet columnist Kim Couranz. Even though we live in Rhode Island, my husband Paul and I are members of Severn Sailing Association because we want to support that club’s DIY focus on one-design sailing. I sail at least two or three regattas a year there. Several years ago, I held a book signing at what was then the Annapolis

a lot of phone calls from sailors who think I’m you!”

Can you sum up your long sailing career in a few sentences?

I started as a crew, stepped up to steering just in time to win the Olympic Trials, and then won two races at the 2004 Games. But I’m most proud of winning the 2018 Women’s Snipe Worlds. Kim and I had to use everything we’d learned after so many years of sailing together and being a team. I really believe we couldn’t have done that even two years earlier. (The Women’s Worlds are every two years.)

We know you’re an award-winning boating writer. Tell us about your fiction. Is it about sailing/boating? Sailing and boating creep into whatever I write, and many readers have told me that their favorite scenes in my books are

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