Mark, you might be interested in reading the following thread on the SSCA forum.
SSCA Discussion Board :: View topic - Help Me Answer this...the Intervention has Begun!
I would suggest that you introduce her to boating
gradually. If possible let her bring a friend. If she has never been on a boat then she probably has no idea what to expect and that can be pretty frightening. Letting her help prepare for the days sail and maybe some hired sailing lessons
could help her relax.
My oldest daughter thought that a day on the sailboat meant lying on deck
in her bikini with her cd player blasting out loud rock. My youngest was more interested in learning
to sail and enjoyed it when we tried to catch other boats. It is the same as anything in life. Some people are attracted to boating
and some aren't, but a gentle approach will help ensure that she is not frightened off on the first few adventures.
Good luck, and let your hearts be your guide.