Jane Ahlfeld has taught sailing, seamanship, and navigation to well over a thousand students through the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. She has also enjoyed sailing adventures along Maine’s coast, the Chesapeake, the Caribbean islands, and points in between. Her winters are now spent as a self-employed computer consultant, but each summer she’s back at the WoodenBoat School for more teaching—to adults and families, along with special classes for women only. In affiliation with the school, she also teaches each summer aboard the schooner MARY DAY. Having spent time around a variety of boat shops, Jane is familiar with many boatbuilding methods. She built her own kayak and assisted her partner Bill Thomas in building several wooden boats and in writing how-to-build articles about them. Despite these shop skills, her interest in boats is not so much in building or repairing as it is in using them by getting out on the water and enjoying the environment.