Kara cot­tons on to Coast­guard life­style

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAWLEY

Kara Grib­ble lives a dou­ble life.

From nine to five she’s a tex­tile buyer at Frost Tex­tiles in San­dring­ham.

But af­ter hours the 33-year-old is leading the Marae­tai Coast­guard as its first fe­male crew chief.

It’s an hon­our that came much quicker than the Marae­tai res­i­dent thought it would.

‘‘I’ve only been with the unit for just over one year,’’ she says.

‘‘I wanted to get in­volved in the com­mu­nity and there was a sign up and I thought ‘ that is so me’ be­cause I love be­ing in the wa­ter so I gave it a go and can’t get enough.’’

The first thing she no­ticed was the ter­ri­ble ma­te­rial the uni­forms are made from, which she quickly went about chang­ing.

‘‘It was polyester and we needed to get some cot­ton in there. The guys were like ‘ oh no’ but so far they have liked the changes I’ve slipped in.’’

Kara says ev­ery­one at the unit has been very sup­port­ive as she has learnt the ropes.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was lovely. It wasn’t a boys’ club or any­thing like that. We are just a big fam­ily,’’ she says.

As crew chief she is re­spon­si­ble for the whole unit, get­ting the crews to­gether and mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly.

‘‘When I first joined I wanted to be the first fe­male skip­per.

‘‘I never thought I would be crew chief this quickly. It’s great to know they have faith in me.’’

Kara says she would trade in the world of fash­ion to work full­time on the boat if she could.

‘‘It is the best of­fice, if only it paid.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy go­ing out at night on the boat. The first time it was like ‘wow’, it is just pitch black and you are speed­ing through the dark com­pletely re­ly­ing on your nav­i­ga­tion man.

‘‘It’s an adren­a­line says.

rush,’’ she

Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Leading lady: Kara Grib­ble, 33, has just be­come Marae­tai Coast­guard’s first fe­male crew chief which is a far cry from her day job as a tex­tile buyer.

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