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1963 -

Pam Healy, a major advocate for women and youth sailing as an organizer, volunteer instructor, coach, and mentor – both nationally and locally in San Francisco Bay Area – is a female sailor from the United States, who won a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. She did so in the 470 class, with teammate JJ Fetter.

Pam grew up sailing in the SF Bay Area. Her parents, John and Mary Poletti, sailed in the large (at the time) Cal-20 fleet. Pam learned to sail in her yellow El Toro named “Woodstock” with the likes of John Kostecki at the Richmond Yacht Club where she met her husband Craig Healy. Pam joined the St. Francis Yacht Club as a Junior Member in 1983.


  • 1991 Women’s 470 World Champion
  • 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Women’s 470 (with JJ Fetter)
  • 1991 and 1992 Saint Francis Yacht Club Yachtswomen of the Year Award
  • 1980s & 90s Champion high-performance dinghy racer
  • 1983-1986 UC Irvine Sailing Team (2x PCC Champs & several top ten finishes in ICSA Coed, Women’s Team Race Nationals)
  • Still active in recreational invitational and club racing: 2019 Palmer Cup Team Race (2nd with Team StFYC); IC37 division of New York Yacht Club 175th


  • 2020 President of the Saint Francis Sailing Foundation
  • Advisor to the US Olympic Development Committee
  • US Olympic Sailing Alumni Association Committee
  • West Coast Girls High Performance Sailing Network Coordinator
  • Panelist US Sailing Leadership Forum (2x)
  • 2017-2019 Saint Francis Yacht Club Board of Directors
  • Saint Francis Yacht Club Membership Committee and Junior Committee
  • Volunteer Saint Francis Yacht Club and Treasure Island Sailing Center high school sailing coach/mentor
  • 2016 US Sailing Hall of Fame Committee
  • 2013 America’s Cup VIP Hostess (Sir Ben Ainslie; Met Life)
  • 2000 US Olympic Trials Steering Committee
  • 1997-2000 San Francisco Yacht Club Board of Directors
  • 2002 San Francisco Yacht Club Yachtswoman of the Year

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