News Archive 2009-2018

Bowdoin Alumna Cruises to Victory in 750-Mile Sailing Race Archives

The Sail Like a Girl crew. Jeanne Assael Goussev ’99 is in the center.

Jeanne Assael Goussev ’99 and her all-female crew  sailed — and bicycled — their way to victory in the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile odyssey from Port Townsend, Wash., to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Team Sail Like A Girl, the first all-women crew to win the race, used the wind, their sailing skills, and two stationary bicycles off the stern to power their 32-foot sailboat, adhering to the race rule that no motors be used.

They crossed the finish line in six days, thirteen hours, and seventeen minutes, beating forty-two other teams and collecting a $10,000 first-place prize.