From Stem to Stern: A True Life Adventure
September 5 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
From Stem to Stern recounts the amazing, true life adventures of Linda Petrat: from sailing Tall Ships to piloting her sailboat solo from Maine to Florida, to restoring a 1908 cottage to running a Christmas tree farm. Linda’s tales of excitement will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Linda Petrat lived and worked in the Seacoast area for over 40 years before her move to Florida. She spent many years building and restoring unique homes in the Portsmouth and Rye areas, including a high art Victorian Painted Lady. Another notable project was the restoration of a 1908 cottage on Monhegan Island.
Linda spent her teen years sailing aboard her family’s 65-foot wooden schooner in the Exuma Islands. She has always kept one foot on the water; whenever time permitted Linda could often be found sailing out of Rye Harbor on her Pearson Ensign, the Summer Wind. She spent many evenings racing out of Kittery aboard the Razmataz, another little Ensign.
Being a board member of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission afforded Linda the opportunity to crew aboard a few Tall Ships, including traveling through the Panama Canal aboard the Clipper Schooner, Lynx.
Linda was an active member of the Portsmouth Garden Club and chaired its semi-annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. She is the former owner of a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm and a committed wildlife rehabilitator. Linda spent time giving sailing lessons and working on a variety of boats as a licensed captain.
Linda’s life has been on hold for the last 6 years while she barely survived dialysis after her sudden kidney failure, until a stranger- a real hero-donated one of his kidneys to her. Now Linda is on the road to recovery thanks to Herb, a true hero. Linda has been back sailing and skippering boats and plans to make a full recovery.