The first Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show was a success!

The day started with an inspiring presentation from our keynote speaker, Pamela Bendall. Her travels, with her 14 metre sailboat Precious Metal, took her from Alaska to Mexico, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Cocos Islands, Central America and Panama.  First of all, to leave the trappings of a successful corporate career to go sailing seems difficult for some of us to fathom.  But then to hear her stories of travelling offshore, to unknown parts of the world as a solo female sailor really make you stop and think. In the afternoon, Pamela gave a presentation called “Our Ocean” that was also a real eye-opener.  She has noticed, first-hand, the increase in garbage in our waters and is working diligently to encourage garbage collection and beach cleanups in the countries she visits.

Pamela has documented her travels and experiences in a really well written book called “What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo”.  I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I was particularly taken by this quote, she says, “I essentially live a self-sufficient lifestyle. I make my own water and power, rely on solar panels and leave a very small carbon footprint on the planet.  Other than the never-ending maintenance and repairs of my boat, life is simple. I have now, finally, discovered the art of living my dream.” Continue reading

Looking For The Perfect Gift?

Still looking for the perfect gift for the “women who boat” in your life? What about a ticket to Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show? An all day event on Sunday, January 21st that includes great guest speakers, a fashion show, breakfast + lunch + appies, a wine tasting and great prizes! Tickets can be purchased on the VIBS website

Chasing Coral – A Netflix Original Documentary – A Must See For Boaters

“Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.  A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why.”

I just watched this documentary and I was overwhelmed.  The dedication of these biologists is pure passion.  The cinematography and underwater photography is amazing.  I was not familiar with the term “bleaching” and I certainly didn’t realize that it was something that happened in months, not years. Continue reading

Mosquitos on the Boat

I live with someone who does not get bitten by mosquitos nearly as much as I do.  I have been told that I have “sweet blood” and that is why they are more attracted to me than other people.  While I am never one to turn down a compliment, I had to get to the bottom of this.

This is a bit Cliff Clavin but bear with me.  My research taught me that only female mosquitos bite as they are looking for protein to lay eggs.  There is no nutritional value in blood, their main diet consists of sugar from plants.  This is where the misconception of “sweet blood” originated.  The basic fact is, mosquitos like people who smell.  Continue reading