Debbie begin sailing in her mid-thirties. Soon thereafter she bought a 14' boat for the family and then a Santana 23D a few years later for herself. She began racing in her fifties on an all woman team, helming a Santana 20.
She is a certified instructor for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the National Safe Boating Council, States of Louisiana, Utah and Arizona. She is a US Sailing certified small boat instructor.
Huntsman is a past flotilla commander and Division 10 public affairs officer for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. She served as commodore for the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club in Phoenix, AZ where she was involved with AdventureSail® and adult women’s sailing programs Debbie currently serves as commodore for the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association (LPWSA) in New Orleans, LA. Debbie joined the WSF Board in 2015.