About Captain Dave And Admiral Bobbie Rae Goodman
Captain Dave Goodman
Captain 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 married, had 3 children, 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 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 medical 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 decided to take Bel Ami 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 became a Vegan in July of 2011. Always physically active to the extreme, he developed Angina (chest pain with exertion) while hiking up to Paradise Point, a 2000 foot elevation on St. Thomas. He was diagnosed with single vessel coronary artery disease, and underwent minimally invasive single vessel cardiac bypass surgery. He became highly motivated to not only prevent further disease, but also to reverse any coronary artery disease he might have. He discovered the amazing benefits of whole foods plant based nutrition, reading Campbell's The China Study, as well as other prominent authors in the field, including McDougall, Esselstyn, Ornish. He is dedicated to enhancing his own health and well-being as well as that of his guests aboard Bel Ami. He no longer hikes up to Paradise Point...rather, he now runs up the mountain!
Admiral Bobbie Rae Goodman
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.