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"What Was I Thinking?" Pamela Bendall, Solo Sailor, Author, Motivational Speaker

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 30, 2014
Updated: April 23, 2014
"What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Solo Female Sailor"

Solo offshore sailing is not common, a female solo offshore sailor with 100,000nm under her keel, is very rare indeed!

Many people dream of sailing off into the sunset; however, few ever find their sea legs. When Pamela Bendall releases the lines of her sailboat, she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime – offshore cruising as a single woman.

With her precious dog Riley in tow, she has navigated high seas and perfect storms, and endured engine fires and lightening strikes. Pamela is the first to admit ocean sailing is not always the idyllic solitude one might imagine. Things don’t always go as planned.
Blending humour, suspense, romance, strength and vulnerability in equal measure, Pamela’s newest book “What Was I Thinking?” takes the reader on an engaging and inspiring voyage that navigates far beyond the scope of sailing. Set sail with Pamela as she experiences limitless life lessons relating to fear, ocean ecology, living in numerous Third World societies, and management of her 50,000 pound sailing vessel Precious Metal.

Pamela will be speaking at the Calgary Club Night on May 6 and also at the Victoria Club Night on May 20.  In addition to sharing her experiences as a sailor, Pamela will also give a brief presentation entitled "If Fish Could Talk".

Additional speaking engagements open to BCA members and the general public:
Summerland Yacht Club:  May 2, 7pm
Maple Bay Yacht Club:  May 22, 7pm

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