Parsons has taught Spanish to boaters throughout the Caribbean.
She has lived aboard
a sailboat since 1989 and has sailed throughout the Caribbean
and Central America. She has served in the Peace Corps in Central
America and worked on development projects in Latin America and
Her wide-ranging teaching
experience also includes organizing adult literacy classes,
teaching English to Nicaraguan high school students, and providing
computer training to businesses and government agencies including
NASA. She has degrees from Harvard University and the University
FOR CRUISERS and FRENCH
FOR CRUISERS benefit from her
extensive experience making complex topics easy to understand
Kathy spends most
of the year aboard her sailboat Hale Kai but makes time
each year to speak at selected boat shows and gatherings.
She is the founder of the website Women and Cruising, which provides advice, inspiration and resources for women cruisers.