C350IA Bridge Officers

Commodore

Neville Edenborough

Neville Edenborough
Niceville, FL

Irish Lady – Hull #413
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I was raised in dry Oklahoma, both alcohol and water. This was before all of the beautiful lakes had been built. I loved the water, but had little experience. After college, the Army and some time in even drier New Mexico I ended up in Indiana. Indiana is an interior state, but there was a smaller lake near my Indianapolis home. I started sailing with a Venture 21, then Venture 22, then Hobie 14. I enjoyed every minute of my time on the water.

After I retired my wife, Joan, and I moved to the Panhandle of Florida. The first thing I bought was a Catalina 36. What a wonderful experience! We sailed often on Choctawhatchee Bay and a few longer sails across the Gulf. Finally we said goodbye to the 36 and purchased a 2006 Catalina 350 (sail #413) in April 2012 naming her the Irish Lady. We love it and plan to spend lots of time cruising.

Vice Commodore

Pam Brown
Niceville, FL

Tiki – Hull #154
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I am Pam Brown. I am very excited to hold this position and work with the other Bridge members. I am available to you for suggestions, input, problems, suggestions, or anything you might need to help you enjoy to its fullest your membership in our Association. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason, and if I cannot help you, I will find someone in our Association who can!

My husband Russell, who has agreed to help me out with my Vice Commodore duties, is a recently-retired civil servant. I am a recently-retired ESE teacher. We have been together 50 years – and have been sailing just as long. I will admit here and now that I have mostly been (and am currently) more of a galley wench than a true sailor; but, with Russell’s patience, guidance, and wisdom, as Louisa May Alcott quoted, “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Russell is an avid Laser sailor, and having been to many regattas with him, as well as having grown up with his ardent sailing family, I feel a deep connection with sailors and the sailing community. I have also found a love of sailing through the ownership of our first boat, Pearl, a Catalina 25; our second boat, Ocean Lady, a Morgan 33 O/I; and now our final and ADORED boat, our Catalina 350, TIKI. She will be our last boat, and will take us through our retirement years. Every time we leave her after another sailing adventure, I literally kiss her sweet bow rail and tell her I love her. So, I guess another thing you should know about me is that I’m a little obsessed with TIKI.

I love that each of us in this Association has our 350s in common and can reach out to one another through the Association’s Forum regarding whatever is on our minds, places we’ve sailed, and things we’ve seen and done. It is also nice to be able to offer and receive tips and advice from our “been there, done that” adventures. Let me hear from you! I would really enjoy that!

Secretary/Treasurer

Gene Bollin

Gene Bollin
Niceville, FL

Tranquility – Hull #451
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Born and raised In Kansas City, Missouri, and became active in the Boy Scouts and Explorer programs. The Explorer post I joined had a Lightning that we learned to sail at lake Jacomo. While working in Wichita, Kansas, my wife and I purchased a Fireball sailboat and joined the Fireball Fleet and sailed on Lake Cheney. Eventually our family grew and we traded the Fireball for an O’Day 25 sailboat. We took advantage of the trailer ability and cruised other lakes during family vacations. Later in life after a job transfer to Atlanta, Georgia, we started sailing a Hobie 16 catamaran on lake Redwine. Soon after that we discovered Gulf sailing on a Pacific Seacraft 37 In November 2019, we purchased our Catalina 350, Tranquility, and enjoy sailing on the Choctawhatchee Bay out of Niceville, Florida.

We love it!

Technical Editor

Scott Monroe
N. Kingstown, Rhode Island

Southern Yankee – Hull #409
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Since being a wee lad, my eyes have been out to sea and hand on a sheet. Growing up in upstate New York, my big water was the Finger lakes, but with a youthful imagination, high winds, lake chop and a small Sidewinder sail boat I was sailing the high seas.  It wouldn’t be until much later that my attention turned to boats that could handle the seas and I graduated into a Catalina 28, which grew to a 320 and then setting comfortably into a Catalina 350. Alas, my big seas were still lakes, and just reservoirs at that, as I was land locked in the Dallas TX area (the lakes are bigger in TX!).

As life is full of changes, I landed an opportunity to move to Rhode Island, the Ocean State!!  So, the Southern Yankee, our 2006 Catalina 350 was put on a truck and plopped in the ocean for the first time (for her and me).  I have arrived!  Despite the short sailing season, as New Englander’s know, Narragansett Bay offers sheltered waters, great anchorages and many classic islands to set your compass to with names such as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and my favorite Block Island.  I have arrived!

My story, though, isn’t limited to my wife and I sailing into the sunset as we dreamed it might be.  Having a forced career change several years back I decided to follow my passion over my profession and landed as a student at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport, RI.  My mechanical predisposition wanted to know how the Southern Yankee ticked from inside out, and so I became a big sponge for knowledge, ultimately earning ABYC Master Technician with focus on electrical, electronics, systems and diesel engines.

Having taught college, as one of many occupations, the school brought me back as an instructor and I have been sharing my passion for marine mechanics with students at IYRS ever since.

Association Editor

George Thor
US

S/V Outlander – Hull #366
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Since I was a teenager in New Jersey, I was interested in sailing vessels and sailing. Using the earnings from my after school job, I took sailing lessons on Barneget Bay in a Barnegat 17 centerboard day sailer.

After I was graduated from college where I met my wife to be Mary, I soon learned that she also enjoyed sailing, and had a Sunfish sailboat.  How lucky I was, meeting my future wife who liked to sail and sailing on Long Island Sound with her. 

After we were married and my two years of service in the Army completed, we settled in Upstate NY.  In a few years we realized that we did live close to a very large lake, so we went back to our beginnings and bought a Catalina 22.  Our daughters, six and three at the time loved being on the boat as much as we did, and as our girls got older our boats got bigger.  First the Newport 27 and then the Newport 33.  With them and our three subsequent Golden Retrievers, we explored pretty much all of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Thousand Islands.

In 2010 because I wanted to expand my horizons and have new adventures, we sold the Newport 33 and went over to the dark side.  We bought a Marine Trader 36 trawler so we could explore the North Channel.  This new adventure truly began that day I brought her up from Brandford, Connecticut, and began upgrading and refitting her for the trip.  Five years later she was ready and we made the trip, spending three and a half months on the trawler.  In 2018 we took her up the Rideau Canal to Ottawa, but Mary felt she could not go on any more long journeys. 

At this point we decided that maybe going back to sailing would be the best.  We realized that once you sailed for the pure enjoyment of it, motoring around in a motor boat is just not as much fun. The result was the 2005 Catalina 350 we purchased in July 2019.

I’ve had some great salt water sailing experiences as well.  I was a crew member delivering a Davidson 50 from Hualtuco, Mexico to Panama City.  I sailed with a friend on his Oday 28 from Westbrook, Connecticut to Martha’s Vinyard and back, and the next year helped him to bring his new Freedom 35 from Rockhall, Maryland to Westbrook.  Lastly, I traveled to Cuba as a crew member on the Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s tall ship.  Taking the helm of this 170 foot tall ship under sail perhaps qualifies as the highlight of my sailing experiences.

Webmaster

Russ Peel
Australia

Avalon – Hull #150
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When I was 16 I had the following photos on the inside of my wardrobe door

  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Alfa 1750 Veloce
  • Afghan hound
  • Catalina 42

Well Bardot and I never had the chance to hit it off, I couldn’t fit in the front seat of the Alfa, the Afghan wouldn’t fit in the back of my little Renault, but 50 years later I did finally get a Catalina (C350, good as!)

I had sailed and built wooden dinghies through my teens in Australia, then spent a summer teaching sailing at a camp in Northern Wisconsin, spent the next 10 years in Canada, cruised the British Virgin (Islands!) and Great Lakes then moved back to Australia and have since cruised New Zealand, Tahiti, Vavau, Whitsunday Islands and Croatia – all charters.

Acquired a 28′ trailer sailer in 1988 and in 2008 on retiring we purchased Avalon, a 2003 C350 – hull #150 and she is in as good as or better shape today than she was then. I am Secretary of our local yacht club and sail an old Etchells in an old guys fleet as they are fantastic racing machines.

Past Commodores

  • 2013 – : Neville Edenborough, Niceville, FL
  • 2011 – 2013 : Tim Ryan, Westampton , New Jersey
  • 2011 : Jeff Blank, Plano, Texas