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WHO WE ARE: LOUISA SONOSKY
What do you sail? How long have you been sailing?
I’ve been sailing since I was a kid in middle school flipping between dinghies and keelboats. I grew up sailing Hobie’s and Laser’s at camp while my father had a Beneteau 36.7.
What boats/classes do you sail?
The last classes I sailed were J24s and Beneteau 36.7s.
What got you into the marine industry? What’s your favourite aspect of working in the industry?
I started in the marine industry through a Summer job at a local chandlery, Fogh Marine, and ended up working there for 7 years; learning just about everything I could about sailboats. I definitely was not the most knowledgeable when I started as I had taken a bit of a hiatus from sailing during my teenage years, but over the years I learned a ton thanks to colleagues and customers. My favourite aspect of working in this industry is getting to spend time on the water and photographing regattas.
What is your earliest sailing memory?
My earliest sailing memory is sailing at camp. It was a sunny – but chilly – day and they took us out in a small Hobie Bravo.
How long have you been working in the industry? What keeps you coming back for more?
I have been working in the marine industry for 8 years now – time flies. For me, what keeps me coming back is the people you meet and the stories they have! Everyone has a story and it’s great getting to know the different paths everyone took to get into sailing.
If you could have any boat in the world, what would it be? And why?
I’ve always wanted a J Boat; either a J105 or J97E. Photographing J Boats has always been one types of boats to photograph – the crisp lines can’t be beat.