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Kim Paternoster: Ambassador

March 10, 2021 by Nicki Bennett

Welcome aboard to Kim Paternoster. Kim is an active sailor and cruiser who currently lives in Port Townsend. Kim has been participating in Summer Sailstice for 15 years, her first year on Lake Travis aboard on a Catalina 25 she owned at the time. 

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

I learned how to sail on Lake Travis in Austin Texas starting with a Catalina 22 in 2003, and buying a Catalina 25 in 2004. I moved back to the Bay Area in 2008 and was a member of Sailtime for a while, then moved over to Tradewinds. In late 2012, I met my husband David Parker. He had an Islander Freeport 36 which was a pure project boat. David and I worked together on that boat as well as sailed her every weekend in the Bay Area, finally selling her and buying our last boat, a Sabre 36, in 2017. David is a long-distance sailor and racer (he's won a bunch of championships including the Rolex BBS, but I don't even remember which ones), and has done many offshore deliveries. He and I love cruising together, and in late 2020, we moved to Port Townsend Washington. We will be procuring our next boat (hopefully another Sabre) in the near future to take advantage of the amazing cruising grounds around the Salish Sea. I've been affiliated in some way with Summer Sailstice for over 15 years, with the my first Sailstice happening on Lake Travis on my Catalina 25. 

What is your favorite color? 


Preferred type of sailing: 

Cruising, Big Boat

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Boat Name: 

Gibson Girl


San Francisco

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How long have you been sailing? 

Since 2003 - 18 years.

What do you love about sailing?

Freedom, wind, challenge, nature, freedom, and there's always something to learn. It's nature's therapy.

How long have you been participating in Summer Sailstice? 

15 Years

What are your Summer Sailstice plans for 2021?

We should have a new boat by then, so we'll probably go somewhere nearby and anchor (maybe Coupeville?), and spend the weekend on the boat.

Are you a part of any sailing clubs, fleets or organizations? 

Richmond Yacht Club in Richmond, CA. We will be joining Port Townsend YC soon.

Why do you want to be a Summer Sailstice Ambassador?

I love sailing! And I'm good friends with John, so why not?

How do you plan to promote Summer Sailstice? 

We are the center of the wooden boat universe here, and we are surrounded by sailors. I'll make sure people here know about it, promote it on local sailing Facebook groups, and make sure the Maritime Center gets the word out too.

Who is your sailing hero?

Tracy Edwards

What is your bucket list sailing trip? 

Sailing to Alaska and back (it changes often, but that one is the current one)

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You can find Kim over on her website.



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