"A true navigator must have the caution to read the sea, as well as the courage to dare the wind." (From the book "Dare the Wind: the Record Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud" by Tracy Fern)
Eleanor Prentiss was the navigator of the fastest clipper ship to sail from New York to San Francisco in 1851. She and her husband Josiah Creesy, the captain of the Flying Cloud, set the record at 89 days 21 hours. They broke their own record 3 years later at 89 days 8 hours.
I chose Eleanor Prentiss as my Biography Fair project because she stood out in a time when women did not have many rights and were often not recognized. It was very unusual to have a woman as a navigator during the time of the California Gold Rush, and she was a very good and capable one!