Wendy Mitman Clarke grew up sailing, water-skiing, and boating on the Sassafras River. After college at the University of Vermont and several years earning her journalism chops at The Associated Press in Concord, New Hampshire, she returned home to the Chesapeake Bay where she became mid-Atlantic editor of Soundings, a national boating publication, later going on to become executive editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

Wendy is currently Director of Media Relations for Washington College in Chestertown. She’s also a contributing editor for Cruising World and editor-at-large for Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and a freelance writer for Smithsonian.com, Bay Journal, and Soundings. Her non-fiction book Window on the Chesapeake: The Bay, Its People and Places was published in 2002, and her Bay-based novel Still Water Bending was published in 2017.

Wendy and her husband, who is also a lifelong sailor and member of the Bay’s maritime industry, raised their two kids sailing on a Peterson 34 named Luna. In 2008, they took off for four years of fulltime sailing and traveling aboard Osprey, a 45-foot sloop, on which they home-schooled the kids and traveled more than 25,000 miles. When they returned to the Bay they settled on the Eastern Shore where they play on their 20-foot Wellcraft Jus’ Now as often as possible (and still sail Luna).

As a friend of Don Backe, CRAB’s founder, Wendy has long admired CRAB’s mission. She believes there are few places better than the water to find peace, energy, and connectedness, and she looks forward to using her communications skills to tell the stories of those who find this same magic through CRAB and its work, and to bring these stories to a broader audience of people who can help the organization grow even stronger and more diverse.

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