Toronto-born Pamela (Roy) Bendall was raised in Montreal, Quebec, and has lived in Vancouver, Victoria, the Yukon Territory, and more recently the Pacific Ocean. Prior to her decision to sail off into the sunset she had established an impressive professional, intellectual, and athletic profile. With a Masters Degree in Communication (Royal Roads University) she has worked as a Realtor, Investment Broker, radio columnist for CBC, and as a national level gymnast. She has completed four marathons, navigated the Marblehead Ocean Race from Boston to Halifax, the Victoria to Maui Yacht Race, and has sailed over 150,000 ocean miles.
Her love for adventure travel has taken her to over 100 countries in the world including many majestic mountain ranges in Bhutan, Nepal and Peru. In 1996, she obtained the honour of being the first woman in Canada to win the Investment Dealers Association of Canada Award of Distinction. Her first book, Kids for Sail, which is about her two year ocean sail from Canada to New Zealand and Japan with her former husband and two young children, was published in 1990. Pamela’s recently released second book entitled, What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo is now in its 3rd Edition and over 3000 copies have sold.
When she’s not sailing the high seas, Pamela lives aboard her boat Precious Metal in Sidney, British Columbia, and enjoys being a mother to two adult sons Sam and Charlie, daughter in law Elisabeth, soon to be daughter in law Jessa, and the grandmother to her two precious grandchildren Maddy and George.
Pamela is currently sailing in Central America with her partner Henry aboard his catamaran Rapscullion. She continues to promote ocean sustainability, and operate her business as Director of SkyMed Nautical.