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