National Yacht Club member Paul Berry shared with Shellbacks his experiences wintering on his CS 27 for the first time in the beautiful yet frigid Frenchman's Bay in Pickering. Paul described his ups and downs and the trials and tribulations of learning how to do everything for the first time, while being surrounded by every kind of waterfowl imaginable.
Sometimes checklists just aren't enough. Hear and see how Paul integrated into a very supportive community of fellow liveaboards and what it is like to live aboard in Frenchman's Bay for the winter, the equipment needed, and the things you learn about yourself.
Paul graduated from York University in 1994 with a BA in Urban Geography & Computer Cartography (now called Geographic Information Systems). He also has a Queens Commission as an Officer in the 11th Field Regiment (Reserves) with the Canadian Armed Forces from 1988 to 1994.
Paul’s late brother was very influential in his life. Long talks at the cottage about life, his involvement with the Toronto Brigantine sailing program, and his concern about Paul’s shyness led to Paul’s becoming involved in sailing later in life.
As a youngster, when he was 15 and a lover of Star Trek, Paul started developing software in his parent’s basement. He is currently a Lead Software Developer in the Public Sector.
Paul has developed software with numerous dot coms and startups. It turns out that many ‘geeks’ have difficulty talking to humans, Paul challenged his shyness by joining the army reserves, Toast Masters, and by taking courses in public speaking. He came away with three planks:
To overcome his shyness, he did the following:
His volunteer work includes:
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