by Heather Varner

I participated in the Two Weeks Before the Mast program back in August of 2009. Before the program, I was shy and kind of a loner, but being on the Hawaiian Chieftain really brought me out of my shell. for the first time in years, I felt like I belonged somewhere. Being on the Chieftain, even for that short amount of time, has given me memories for the rest of my life. Now when I’m in a bad mood I think of my time spent on board and it always cheers me up. I really hope to get back to the boats some day.