Emma Bamford (above), author of Casting Off and Untie the Lines.
She used to be a journalist writing for The Independent then in her 30s, faced with friends settling down to start families plus feeling there must be more to life than this, she changed direction for crewing yachts sailing in exotic places.
With a number of different boats she sailed from Borneo to Sri Lanka and then on to Oman (in the first book) and later sailed in places like the Caribbean and Texas (second book). She also did some superyacht work. In most cases she found places using resources like Crew Seekers.
It wasn't as huge a switch in lifestyle as that introduction implies - I learnt that she sailed a couple of legs on the Clipper race as journalist including across the Atlantic so had a good grounding.
Full review of the first book to come (its on that stack) but the prologue flew by so looking forward to that one.