Megan Frey will share her experiences from her first 11 years as a career merchant mariner during a Camden Yacht Club Sunset Seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25.
Included will be experiences and photographs from ocean passages such as sailing around Cape Horn on the 1912 Barque Europa, visiting the Vanuatu Islands in the South Pacific, and traversing the Northwest Passage Sea Route from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Norway
“Ten years ago, I was living on the Isle of Eigg, in the Scottish Hebrides, when my dear friend Simon asked me if I would like to join him for a three-week passage to Ireland and back,” said Frey. I said, ‘Most certainly,’ that I had never gone sailing before and I would be up for the adventure. On our first night out, we were in a gale while crossing the Irish Sea. Simon looked up from the companionway with a cup of hot tea for me and said, ‘Megan, you’re not supposed to be smiling! You should be scared…have respect for the sea.’ But I was not afraid, I felt the most alive I had ever experienced.”
Megan is currently spending the summer in Rockport while serving as captain of the Cutter Owl, sailing out of Camden Harbor. This is the first time in 11 years she has lived ashore. Come here Megan describe in her own words how “Being on the sea is a form of empowerment for anyone, at any age – male or female.”

The 2021 Sunset Seminar Series runs from July 7 to Aug. 25 on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Presentations are free and open to the public. Donations at the door will be welcome, to benefit the nonprofit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program. To watch seminars via livestream, go to: camdenyachtclub.org/events/category/sunset-seminars/.