Kelly started sailing at a ripe old age of 10 when her Uncles had boats that they brought to Sylvan Lake. Kelly and her Dad then started sailing a 13 foot Guppy. When she decided to take sailing seriously, she took “proper” training through ISPA. She reached Yachtmaster and Instructor level in 1999, and left the landlubbers life for cruising life. After 3 years and 20,000 miles from the Pacific Northwest, while homeschooling two adolescent boys, to Ecuador, Galapagos, Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Canal, Kelly returned to the life in Alberta and Junior High School for the boys. Life changes, following dreams, and circumstances of fate, put her back on the coast, and teaching the ISPA program in BC. Kelly and Darren married in 2011 after meeting in sunny Parksville BC in 2007 while on a girls trip. Funny how things happen when least expected.
Always being physically active, sailing was a natural progression for Darren. Finding his love for adventure Darren emigrated from England in 1988 to Canada, Darren loved the out doors where he mountain biked, kayaked and camped a lot of the west coast of BC. and his adventure for the water began His Adventure continues with becoming a BCU kayak coach and PADI Rescue diver. His sailing career started after being enticed by his wife to the seductiveness of the sail, the heel of the boat, and the power of the wind, accomplishing another desire in his endless bucket list.
Cap’t Col and Matey Pam
Colin and Pam have been happily married for 40 years and between them have five children and seven grandchildren. Colin joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1964 as a Junior Recruit aged barely 15 ½ and spent the next 20 years in the service of his country. He originally qualified as a Navy Clearance Diver, later completing his service as a Warrant Officer Coxswain. Motivated by a lifelong love of the sea, inspired by people like Jessica Watson and having beaten cancer twice, he ultimately turned his dream into reality, bought FMD and started sailing. Pam described herself as someone who got ‘seasick at the picture of a wet lawn’, but she proved to herself it was all in the mind and took to life on the water like a true champion. After major knee surgery last year, Mum too is turning back the clock, walking faster and springing in and out of the dinghy with her new knee.
We look forward to many adventures with these two.