Marianne Scott grew up in the Netherlands and came to North America as a teenager. She rediscovered her seafaring roots when she and her husband, David, sailed to Bora Bora and back on their Nigara 35, Starkindred. She lives in Victoria, about 40 feet from the Juan de Fuca Strait, where she writes regularly for Pacific Yachting, Cruising World, Northwest Yachting and other marine publications.

During her time on the West Coast, Scott met a variety of remarkable people whose lives revolve around the sea - racing sailors, scientists, yacht designers, adventurers, boat builders, writers, painters, and eccentrics. She conducted interviews from Tacoma to Bella Bella to create a collection of short biographical portraits, Naturally Salty (Touchwood, 2003). It includes the likes of hermit Bob Stewart, who lives in a tiny floathome on Potts Lagoon; publisher Tom Kincaid, founder of Nor'westing magazine; writer and entrepreneur Charlie White of "how-to" fishing-book fame; shipwreck hunter and Vancouver Maritime Marine Museum director James Delgado; 'hot-vent' biologist Verena Tunnicliffe; Orca specialist Paul Spong; mountaineer Jim Whittaker, the first American to scale Mount Everest before turning blue-water sailor; internationally renowned yacht designers Bob Perry and Ted Brewer; lighthouse-keeper Flo Anderson; author Edith Iglauer of Fishing with John.

Scott also co-wrote a memoir for Vancouver-based luxury yacht builder Ben Vermeulen, Before I Forget...a Memoir (self-published 2015). Vermeulen survived the World War II occupation of the Netherlands and overcame dyslexia to develop mechanical skills, immigrate to Canada and become an award winning entrepreneur by becoming Canada's biggest luxury yacht builder. His is a quintessential rags-to-riches immigrant story.

BOOKS

Naturally Salty (TouchWood Editions, 2003) $18.95

Before I Forget...a Memoir (self-published 2015) 978-0-9948154-0-8

[BCBW 2015]