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Small Sail LogoAbout The Crew:  Introducing Captain Dave Goodman

Captain Dave GoodmanCaptain Dave Goodman fell in love with the Virgin Islands in 1977 and has been sailing here since then. He has a USCG 100 ton Master’s Captain’s License. Born in Brooklyn, NY. Dave began sailing on Long Island Sound as a teenager. He went to the University of Wisconsin Madison for his undergraduate studies (B.A. Philosophy) and sailed extensively with the U.W. Hoofers. He graduated at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1977 and did his first bareboat charter in the Virgin Islands for his graduation gift. What a gift it was! He was hooked! He moved back to Wisconsin, began racing Hobie Cats and sailing on the Great Lakes. He also has sailed in the Pacific Northwest(Seattle, Puget Sounds, San Juan Islands) The Med(French and Italian Riviera). 

Captain Dave purchased Bel Ami in May of 2007, after semi-retiring from his busy Occupational Medicine consulting practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Bel Ami’s home was St. Thomas, and for Captain Dave this was like going back to 1977 and falling in love with the islands all over again. He moved aboard, obtained his license from the U.S.V.I., and began medical consulting in the Virgin Islands. Since that time he has sailed Bel Ami extensively throughout the Spanish, American and British Virgin Islands, as well as the Bahamas in 2009-2010. For the summer of 2010, Captain Dave sailed down island to explore the Caribbean Islands of the Lesser Antilles, including such places as St. Martin, Montserrat, Nevis, Dominica, Guadelupe, Martinique, Les Saintes, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. Captain Dave then returned to the Virgin Islands and by popular demand began to charter Bel Ami.  He delights in introducing new people to the sailing life, and the beauty of the islands.  Not to mention playing their favorite songs on the accordian!

In addition to captain and accordian man, Captain Dave loves to cook (he especially loves to eat!).  Your meals aboard Bel Ami will be not only delicious, but also healthy and nutritious!  Simply prepared and presented, your complete gustatory satisfaction is guaranteed!

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Admiral Bobbie Rae Goodman hails from Louisiana by way of Green Bay Wisconsin. She has a degree in horticulture and has operated her landscaping/gardening business in Green Bay WI for over 30 years. Looking to make a change in her life and to escape the Wisconsin winters, Bobbie joins Captain Dave aboard Bel Ami as hostess with the mostess, not to mention galley wench extraordinaire. Although Captain Dave continues to do most of the cooking (he loves to eat and loves to cook!), Bobbie provides an invaluable service in entertaining guests aboard Bel Ami. Her bright smile, warm personality and wonderful spirit of living are infectious. She is an accomplished artist, and recently started to experiment in metal sculpturing. Her work has been exhibited in various outdoor settings, adding beauty to the natural environment.