2019 R2AK Motivation: "I experienced a great deal if personal growth in a short period if time. Touching base with my inner strength was amazing. As captain, I found my voice as a leader and had a life changing experience with an incredible team of women. I know this year will be different with potentially stronger conditions and new challenges. I feel even more ready having spent this year getting to know the boat and trust what she is capable of. I have made some minor tweaks to the boat to further prepare her. I look forward to pushing our boat, the team and myself with different weather, competition and crew. Nothing compares to the quirky adventurous nature of this race and I cannot help but be a part of it again. And for the record, I am not defending our title. I am seeking adventure, personal growth and the feeling that when we hit the dock in Ketchikan that we left nothing on the table."
2018 R2AK Motivation: "I am competing in the R2AK because I love to be challenged by difficult sailing. When I leave the dock, it is me, the weather, the crew and the boat, that is all. I love sailing with this group of powerful women and know that we can compete in this race and feel the satisfaction of completing the challenge that only the R2AK can provide."
Jeanne started competitively sailing about 20 years ago after moving to Boston, MA. She skippered a j-24 and a Soling for years, raced in the NOOD, the Marblehead to Halifax race, the Marblehead Sonar fleet under a world class sailor, and trained for 3 years on the 67-foot BT Global Challenge boats, including a sail from Boston to Savannah in the cold ice breaking weather of January. Jeanne moved to Seattle in 2004. Currently, she and her husband own and race a Rodger Martin custom 40-footer named Gray Wolf, which was designed specifically for shorthanded races. They have double handed the international Swiftsure race in 2016 and 2017, and race on the Seattle circuit both double handed and with a fully crewed boat throughout the year. She is a mom to Maks, age 10, and Katrina, age 13.