Elsie Hulsizer acquired her fascination with the sea growing up on the shores of Puget Sound and learning to sail on an 18ft wooden sloop. That fascination led to a master’s degree in biological oceanography and a career in environmental management. In 2001, she rounded out her education with a certificate in Fine Art Photography from the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle and began working on her first book, Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. She lives in Seattle, cruises every summer and writes in the winter. Her early interest in the sea grew to a fascination with the cultural, geological and historical factors that shape a region.
In 1978-79 Elsie and her husband, Steve, a marine engineer, sailed their Chesapeake 32ft sloop, Velella, from Boston to Seattle via the Panama Canal and Hawaii. In Seattle they traded Velella for Osprey, an Annapolis 44 sloop in which they have taken repeated cruises to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and Southeast Alaska.
Between sailing adventures on the Osprey, Elsie serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.
In addition to her books, Elsie’s articles and photographs have appeared in local and national boating magazines in the U.S. and Canada including Cruising World, Pacific Yachting and others. Links or pdfs of some of those articles can be read on the Destination pages of this site.
Profiles of Elsie Hulsizer
Northwest Yachting. The Northern Adventurer. June 2016 p34
SAIL Magazine. Alaska Dreamer. October, 2012
48 Degrees North. The Accidental Author. January 2011. pdf
Nor'westing. Sharing the Adventure. December 2010. pdf