Decarb Bridget


Decarb Bridget

Bridget Bayer is the first mate of Ama Natura. Along with Captain Peter Wilcox, her husband, they are a couple of experienced sailors, activists, leaders and are lucky enough to perfectly complement each other in a daring and rock-solid relationship now primarily focused on a project to eliminate the use of petroleum in the NW Inside Passage.

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The Inside Passage Decarbonization Project is about dramatically reducing carbon in the waterways of the Inside Passage. We are banding together with fishermen, tribes, ports, dealers, and boaters to construct a cleaner, greener waterway in the state of Washington, British Columbia and SE Alaska. Our strategy is to bring motivation, education, and support for those developing sustainable resources because our children, wildlife and future generations are counting on us.

Our first, of three goals, is to start now. It takes one boat, one station or one port to take action. We ask boaters to be carbon-free by using bio-lubricants and asking for bio or renewable diesel fuels. Boaters can add solar panels or wind generators and also ask for electric charging stations at dock.

Second, the demand for renewable and biodiesel fuel needs to be met by adding infrastructure at ports, marinas, and marine fuel stations. We recruit government partners to ease regulations for adding simple, non-flammable fuel tanks and support strategies for business investment.

Third, we encourage the development of local, waste-sourced, biofuels and utility-scale tidal, solar, wind or hydro-produced power so that ports can take advantage of their local waste streams to produce fuel while also creating local jobs. We support policies and incentives that will be necessary to sustain and accelerate this citizen involvement and green capital investment.

Bridget is an author and community organizer who has worked to create vibrant main street business districts that support local economies. Bridget believes the best way to build community is through events and that activities are a catalyst for positive change. Her professional work fosters community involvement by creating shared events that enhance communication, form long-term interests and support existing or start-up non-profit organizations. At home, she focuses on innovative ecological practices, hates waste and never gives up finding ways to eliminate it. After 25 years in the restaurant industry, she still loves to cook especially with locally sourced veggies, homegrown from her garden.

Captain Peter Wilcox, a Cascadia Fellow and now honored as a Canadian Coastal Champion, initiated the Inside Passage Decarbonization Project (IPDP) after 17 years of employing biodiesel and 7 years of renewable lubricants in successive vessels. He designed Ama Natura, a boat built by the NW School of Wooden Boats, inspired by a sailing salmon troller and built as a platform for testing and perfecting low-carbon and water protection strategies. Peter is an energy efficiency expert who has no plans to retire though working for free appeals more to him these days. When not sailing, they live on a floating home on the Columbia River in Portland with the lovely Luna, a favorite cat.

North America » United States » Washington » Olympia July 18th 2021

Captain Peter is never happier than when on a boat, especially Ama Natura. The start of our Inside Passage decarbonizing journey in 2021 luckily coincides with his birthday, a fitting present for this sailor on a mission. We hustled out of Portland, normally a sleepy Sunday morning, Luna happily snoozing after her morning feeding and garden watered for the last time. Arriving to our homeport, Martin's Marine in Olympia, WA, towards the end of an incoming tide making loading effortless. Already fully stocked, we managed to add even more including provisioning of our favorite croissants this side of the Atlantic from The Bread Peddler and we set off at 0910 (9:10am). With light winds on our bow, we head north out of Budd Inlet rounding the picturesque point of Boston Harbor and enjoy a smooth cruise ... read more
Cormorants in Olympia Budd Bay
Air Pot solids
Winslow walkway

North America » Canada » British Columbia August 14th 2019

More marine life adds to the excitement in the Inside Passage. Pacific white-sided dolphins: Dolphins on the bow: Seal play: read more
Kayaks in Reid Harbor
Peter decarbonizes barge operator
Shearwater abandoned docks

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Hartley Bay August 10th 2019

WHALES! On our way to Prince Rupert last week, we started to see more whales, spotting a humpback in the Fraser Reach, a few orcas in Wright Sound, and some dolphins or seals feasting in the distance. Now on our downward slide south, we traverse virgin waters for Ama, heading west towards the open ocean but still skirting the Browning Entrance into Petrel Channel, and the first encounter with any other creatures, is whales! When there are whales on both sides of the bow, and you can hear their breath, “whooshing” out and up into giant plumes, the spray falling on our decks, we know we have found whales! And now we are too close. Though we are barely 100 meters from shore, humpback whales are on both sides of our boat. Suddenly Ama feels very ... read more
Whale fin flying
Squally Channel whale
Hello Humpback

MISSING August 4th 2019

8/4/19 Baker Inlet Oona River Prince Rupert AK Marine Highway (Saturday, 7/27) Our cruise for the final leg north to Prince Rupert takes us up Grenville Channel, an interesting passage that is skinny in parts, opening wide in others, with some of the most interesting ilets on the way up the Inside Pssage. The current runs 2 knots at all times, ebbing SE half the way, then in the middle, it runs NW the rest of the way. Thanks to the Captain’s meticulous planning, we ride the tide in, then out, hitting it just about right. Our cruising day started early, so we finished by stopping at Baker Inlet. Its entry is a test of faith in our charts and the trusty, but not always complete, information from Wagoneer. With a blind entry, a dogleg left ... read more
Baker Inlet
Old growth forest
Inside Baker Inlet

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Hartley Bay July 26th 2019

Queen Charlotte Strait Crossing Codville Lagoon Lizzie Cove Klemtu Hartley Bay (Thursday, 7/18) Morning light starts earlier each day the further we go north so getting a start at first light means 5:00am (0500) in God’s Pocket but we know that crossing Queen Charlotte Strait (QCS) will be easier the earlier we leave. It’s odd leaving a place like this without ever checking in with the locals or owners of the resort in this case. There was only one boat at the dock when anchoring last night and it looked well secured so we guessed there were no guests at the resort. The last time we hung on the hook in their little harbor, we had rowed ashore but their gift store had slim pickings and we only chatted briefly about the weather. Crossing the QCS ... read more
Glitter Ama
Roger the cat comes aboard Ama
Roger the cat comes to dinner

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 18th 2019

(Thursday, July 11) Barely free of the US, we start our real journey north trouble-free, though we do stop in Vancouver for more parts since there’s easy access to some great boat chandleries. Plus docking at False Creek Fisherman Wharf is familiar and welcoming. Our folding bikes, quickly deployed, allow us an evening bike ride on Vancouver’s fabulous waterfront pathways. (Friday,July 12) After Vancouver, Powell River is first on our decarbonizing agenda. Their renowned paper mill, historically the West Coast’s largest, is now barely operating. We are sad not to be able to meet with our Greenpeace contact so missed our scheduled talk about the IPDP and the possibilities of a Renewable Diesel manufacturing plant at the mill. We dock at the south end of town, in Westview Harbor, which puts us close to their annual ... read more
Shoal Bay Bar
Peeking into Desolation Sound
Shoal Bay harvest

(Wednesday, July 10) On our way! Hard to say it, even harder to believe it, still crossing our eyes, and holding our breath, but we are at the top of Texada Island in the Georgia Strait and things are really going north for a change! It's been almost 3 weeks since leaving Portland, with 2 weeks in the Boat Haven in Port Townsend, WA, working on general maintenance and surprise repairs, before our journey has finally begun. No complaints really, the Boat Haven is a rare gem, with shipwrights, marine chandleries, journeymen, engineers, woodworkers, sail makers and skilled maritime businesses scattered closely among dry-docked vessels, huge to small, and boat sheds, warehouses, workshops, plus small mom & pop stores that sustain us all while we make our own boats whole again. Peter’s boat maintenance list was ... read more
Anacortes Skyline Marina.
Radiant Star
Dipping & sipping Sasha's biscotti.

Leaving Portland late on a Saturday night set us up to catch an early tide from Olympia to Pt Townsend in one day. The first leg of our trip is spent unpacking and stowing all the food and supplies and Peter plans for the week of maintenance coming up. Unfortunately, like many boaters now dealing with unusually warm, our propeller & rudder made for an inviting base for barnacles that slowed us down considerably so we hung on the hook in Pt Ludlow's inner harbor next to the "Twins" a pair of natural, uninhabited islands (by humans that is). At least the calm weather and clear skies gave us a joyful start for our 2019 IPDP Summer Cruise with a light breeze behind us hopefully foretelling an easy, safe journey ahead. The first week of our ... read more
Passing Seattle
Up the mast
Bridget puts new coveralls to work.

North America » Canada » British Columbia June 22nd 2018

6/22/18 Horsefly Cove It is bittersweet to leave Hartley Bay with good friends waving us off as we start our downhill slide, returning slowly back home. Not long after leaving fishing grounds off Promise Island, a humpback whale surface beside us but the long view of her incredibly large tail fluke indicates a deep dive and sure enough, though we slow, she never resurfaces in our view. We slow at a couple points to check for fish but mostly make tracks back the way we came through Wright Sound, MaKay Reach, Fraser Reach and down Graham Reach into Horsefly Cove, just inside Green Inlet. Never having been there, but hearing how popular it is, we expect a crowd and figure there must be good crabbing, prawning or fishing nearby but it’s deep, all the way, even ... read more
Waterfall in Horsefly Cove

North America » Canada » British Columbia June 22nd 2018

6/20/18 Hartley Bay Dolphins follow us as we head into Wright Sound, the biggest patch of water we have to cross on our way to Hartley Bay. There are several likely fishing points and even a possible halibut spot in these big waters, plus the weather is fine, sunshine and blue skies surround us, so we take our time. Our arrival is momentous for us as we reminisce about the time that the engine overheated just outside the harbor and of the Robinsons who saved us and eagerly listened to Inside Passage dreams several years ago. To our relief, there is plenty of room at the docks and we tie up across from a world traveler in a 55’ yacht who sailed over with his wife and kids and were on their way to Greenland! Hartley ... read more
Coming into Hartley Bay
Git Ga'at Band Elder House
Git Ga'at Band Totem

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