Kay Cottee

In preparing to write the script for Tatterhood I have been reading and skimming lots of books on lots of women: Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great, Margaret Fuller, Vanity Fair’s May 2016 article by Barbara Bush on her relationship with her twin. While in picking up the magazine, our librarian was just covering a new children’s picture book titled ‘100 Women Who Made History.’ https://www.amazon.com/100-Women-Who-Made-History/dp/1465456880 That book took a wonderfully comprehensive sojourn giving glimpses of headliners through different ages, cultures and inclinations. My only wish is that they used the word ‘Herstory’ in the title instead of ‘History.’

Wishing to read writings of women who have captained their own ships (already having read a while ago a wonderful book on the famous pirate captain Grace O’Malley) I found myself having to order them because local libraries didn’t have them in stock.

In 1988, the year Dylan my eldest son was born, Kay Cottee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kay_Cottee became the first woman to sail around the world solo, non-stop, without assistance. She sailed from her homeland of Australia. When she completed her voyage she was greeted by tens of thousands of people and, afterward, many press conferences and interviews:

“I clearly remember one question a female journalist asked, a question that has been asked a hundred times since: ‘How does it feel to have conquered a man’s world?’ And I always give the same answer. ‘I was brought up believing there is no such thing as a man’s world or a woman’s world. It’s everyone’s world!’