Sailor, Circumnavigator, Offshore Voyager
"I felt as if BEYC was my home, as the friends I made there on the staff always remembered me, greeted me with such affection, and it was just like coming back to a welcoming family every time I was getting off the ferry! "
Pam first visited BEYC as a young newlywed in 1972, aboard a 30-foot wooden sloop that she and her husband sailed down from Florida. She wrote in her log: "Went to this little place called Bitter End in Gorda Sound for dinner. Expensive at $10 per person for dinner. But it was fun!" The next visit was in 1991 as a family of 4 (after completing a six-year circumnavigation aboard their home-built 39 footer, Kandarik). They went ashore and instantly bonded with the BEYC crew, agreeing to present their adventures via a slide show and Q&A session to awestruck guests in BEYC’s Sand Palace outdoor movie theater.
During their visits to North Sound, Pam became a Sand Palace regular, playing to a packed house each time. Subsequently, BEYC’s popular Women on the Water Week was born, and Pam was invited to be the “cruising instructor,” reprising the role a number of times over the next 15 years. She’s also a fixture on the boat show circuit, presenting seminars on cruising destinations, and proper cruising technique. Her positive energy, both ashore & afloat, is absolutely infectious.
Favorite BEYC Experience: Teaching new sailors, particularly women, to take the helm of a Rhodes 19 on North Sound.