Born and raised on the East Coast, Katrina Eckman discovered the thrill of sailing at a young age, navigating little sailboats on lakes, the Hudson River, and beyond. During her college years, she honed her skills and discovered the art of maneuvering boats in tight quarters, mastering the intricate dynamics of racing 420s—the nimble vessels that demand precise navigation at crowded starting lines. Driven by a desire to explore historic sailing traditions, Katrina spent a season in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she immersed herself in the captivating world of traditional boats propelled only by sails and oars. This invaluable experience deepened her understanding of maritime heritage and solidified her commitment to preserving and sharing the timeless art of sailing. In 2020, her journey took a pivotal turn as she earned her 100-ton captain’s license, a testament to her dedication and experience in the industry. Katrina is also an avid adventurer, finding solace in the ruggedness of backpacking and the exhilaration of skiing. These passions infuse her approach to sailing the Schooner Freda B, ensuring that every outing with us is not just a voyage, but a transformative experience.