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 compliment each other in a daring and rock solid relationship. It's lucky that they love to be close and spend time together as their boat, Ama Natura, has about 250 square feet of living space! When not sailing, they live on a floating home on the Columbia River in Portland with the lovely Luna, a favorite cat.
Bridget is an author and community organizer working 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 dependably finds ways to eliminate it. After 25 years in the restaurant industry, she still loves to cook especially with locally sourced veggies including those homegrown from her garden.
Peter is an energy efficiency expert who has no plans to retire though working for free appeals more to him these days. 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 protecting strategies.