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Offshore Sailing and Cruising with Paul Trammell

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Interviews with offshore sailors and those in the industry sharing exciting stories and useful information so we can better enjoy and better prepare for our own adventures.

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At Least Nobody is Shooting at Us, Earl Engelmann

May 29th, 2023


Earl has been sailing all his life, and relates some great stories, We talk about catamarans, losing a boat on a reef, foul weather in the Gulf …

Simon Curwen, Line Honors in the GGR

May 22nd, 2023


Simon Curwen recently was the first boat to cross the finish line in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, though he was relegated to the Chichester class for …

Living Aboard, Renald Guindon

May 15th, 2023


Renald had been living aboard and sailing for over ten years and is a sales rep for St Francis Catamarans. We talk about living aboard, making the decision to live aboard, choosing a boat, common mistakes, sailing, …

Sailing Red Seas, Brioni and Iain

May 8th, 2023


Brioni and Iain were sailing from Panama to French Polynesia. We talk about Starlink, sailing a catamaran, sailing in Scotland, dodging submarines, …

On a Belt of Foaming Seas

May 1st, 2023


Reading from the book I co-wrote with Tapio Lehtinen "On a Belt of Foaming Seas," about his 2018 Golden Globe Race campaign. In this chapter, Tapio …

Jaz Kaner, Sailor, Comedian

April 24th, 2023


Jaz Kaner is a self-described 'recovering comedian’ who's performed w/ the likes of Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey, before finding his Morgan 30 sailboat. We talk about everything from sharks & …

Spear It Animal, Raf and Sascha

April 17th, 2023


Raf and Sascha are fulfilling their dream of sailing around the world in their Beneteau Cyclades. We talk about refitting their boat, sailing in The …

Reading from "Sailing to Newfoundland"

April 10th, 2023


Reading from my latest book "Sailing to Newfoundland," starting with the chapter "Newfoundland!" in which I describe my arrival, and first week, in Newfoundland, at Cape La Hune Bay, an uninhabited fjord on the South …

Bahamas Update

April 3rd, 2023


Discussing my time in the Bahamas, from the Abacos to Eleuthera, the Ragged Islands, and to Long Island, talking about the coral, sharks, anchoring, meeting friends, and more.

David and Nathalie Houston, Catamaran Sailing

March 27th, 2023


I met David and Nathalie in the Ragged Islands, and we quickly became friends. They sail an Outremer 50 catamaran, spearfish, and work smoothly as a team. We talk about catamaran sailing, spearfishing, sailing with …

Tapio Lehtinen, the Sinking of Asteria

March 20th, 2023


Tapio recently sailed in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, as he did in 2018. He was doing well in the race until his boat sank in the 
Southern Ocean …

Elliott Smith, Post GGR

March 13th, 2023


Elliott Smith recently competed in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, in which he sailed from France to Australia, solo, in a Kaiser Gale Force 34. His …

How to Rescue a Duck in a Storm

March 6th, 2023


I met Jack, along with his wife, 2 kids, a dog, and a duck, in The Bahamas. Along with some great stories, we talk about sailing a ketch, youtube channels, sailing to the Bahamas from NY, engine trouble, Sea Tow, …

Simon and Sally Currin, Maine to Providencia

February 27th, 2023


I spoke with Simon and Sally while they were in Providencia, Colombia. We talk about there recent journey from Maine, stopping along the way down the …

Pat Lawless, Windvane Failure in the GGR

February 20th, 2023


Pat Lawless was racing in the GGR when his windvane self-steering failed and he was forced to retire in Cape Town. We talk about the race, his boat, Cape Town, Lanzarote, Dakar, and more.

The Panama Canal with Erick and Jenny VanMalssen

February 13th, 2023


Erick and Jenny recently transited the Panama Canal in their Downeast 38, Windsong, en route to the Galapagos Islands and French Polynesia. We talk …

Christian Lobel, Saga 47 Swan

February 6th, 2023


I met Christian in Hare Bay, a fjord in the uninhabited central south coast of Newfoundland, Canada. He continued on from there to the Azores and Europe. He runs Saga 47 Swan Sailing, an Offshore and Coastal Adventure …

David Hows, Ocean Sailing Expeditions, Part 2

January 30th, 2023



David Hows is the host of the Ocean Sailing Podcast and owner of Ocean Sailing Expeditions. We talk about his adventures sailing in the southern hemisphere, his 72' steel cutter, the Sydney Hobart Race, running a …

David Hows, Ocean Sailing Expeditions, Part 1

January 23rd, 2023


David Hows is the host of the Ocean Sailing Podcast and owner of Ocean Sailing Expeditions. We talk about his adventures sailing in the southern hemisphere, his 72' steel cutter, the Sydney Hobart Race, running a …

Chris Stanmore-Major Part 2

January 16th, 2023


Part 2 of my conversation with Chris-Stanmore Major, discussing his Open 60, sailing an 80' maxi, running a chartering business, and more.

Chris Stanmore-Major, Part 1

January 9th, 2023


Sailing an open 60, heavy weather, sailing an 80' maxi, singlehanding big boats, Chris' podcasts "The Mariner" and "The Mariner's Library," …

The Curse of Cortes, Guy Morris

January 2nd, 2023


Guy Morris is a sailor and an author. We talk about sailing around Los Angeles and Catalina, running aground, running a charter business, sinking at the dock, the pirate Henry Morgan and his lost treasure, Roatan, Mayan …

Sailing among the Polar Bears with Veronica Skotnes

December 26th, 2022


Sailing in Norway, staying warm, learning to singlehand, whales, birds, polar bears, dressing for the cold, sailing a ketch, anchoring, ghost …

Hydrovane's Will and Sarah Curry

December 19th, 2022


I bought my Hydrovane in 2020 and recently met Will Curry at the Annapolis Boat Show. Will is the Director of Sales and Sarah is the Direcrtor of …

Shipwrecked in the Canaries, Guy deBoer

December 12th, 2022


Guy was racing in the 2022 Golden Globe Race until he fell asleep after being up for 30 hours and ended up on the rocks in the Canary Islands. We …

Adventures in Maritime Canada, Alan Creaser

December 5th, 2022


I met Alan in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in June of 2022. He sailed soon after to Sable Island and Newfoundland with John Kretschmer. We talk about sailing, radar, safety, fog, Sable Island, passage planning, reefing, …

Exploring the Fjords on the South Coast of Newfoundland

November 28th, 2022


This is a talk I gave to the North Florida Cruising Club about my journey to Newfoundland. I talk about sailing, anchoring, fishing, and hiking in the south coast fjords, as well as the sail there and back to Florida.

Peter Gibbons-Neff, Class Mini

November 21st, 2022


Peter is preparing for the 2023 Mini Transat. We talk about the Class Mini, the Mini Transat, racing vs cruising, buying a mini, lithium batteries, …

Ronnie Simpson, Global Solo Challenge

November 14th, 2022


I met Ronnie at the Annapolis Boat Show. We talk about his Open 50, Sparrow; fears; the Southern Ocean; the Vendee Globe; the community of sailors; …

Matt Rutherford 2, Greenland

November 7th, 2022


Matt took his Bruce Roberts 650 on her maiden voyage to Greenland last summer. We talk about research, robots, his boat, glaciers, fjords, climate change, creating a global fleet of sailing research vessels, the …

Annapolis Boat Show

October 31st, 2022


During my time at the Annapolis Boat Show, I interviewed many of the vendors of innovative products, some worthy non-profits, and one Global Solo …

William Croxford, Global Solo Challenge

October 24th, 2022


William is an entrant in next year's Global Solo Challenge, a nonstop solo circumnavigation race. We talk about foul weather gear, safety, his …

LaMaurice Gardner, Global Solo Challenge

October 17th, 2022


LaMaurice is the youngest entrant in the Global Solo Challenge, a solo circumnavigation race that starts next year. He will be sailing in his Caliber …

Aaron Erwine, Guatemala, Roatan, San Blas

October 10th, 2022


Aaron was in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala, on his Wauquiez Pretorian, after sailing there from the Panama via the Bay Islands of Honduras. We talk about …

Kiana Weltzien 2, Atlantic Crossing

October 3rd, 2022


Crossing the Atlantic in her Wharram Catamaran, heaving-to in heavy weather, The Azores, the Canary Islands, anchoring, customs, dancing all night, …

Ambre Hasson, Diving Headfirst into Sailing

September 26th, 2022


I discovered Ambre when she was helping GGR entrant Elliot Smith prepare for the race. We talk about learning to sail, cruising, the community of …

Ike Bartlett

September 19th, 2022


Ike has family roots in the Newfoundland outport of Grand Bruit, which I visited this summer. We talk about Grenada, his Gulfstar 53, VHF radios, …

Canada Update 4

September 12th, 2022


More fjords and anchorages along Newfoundland's south coast, shipwrecks around Isle Aux Morts, sailing south to Nova Scotia, and the Golden Globe Race

Adventureman Dan, Bahamas 2022

September 5th, 2022


The Bahamas, the last refit of Adventurbourne, boat blisters, deck paint, Seawater Pro watermaker, lithium batteries, sprouting, sharks, spearfishing, and hurricanes.

Elliot Smith, Golden Globe Race

September 1st, 2022


I spoke with Elliot who was in Les Sables D'Olonne, France, just two days before the start of the 2022 Golden Globe Race. We talk about his race …

Jonathan Fulford, Sailing in Labrador and Newfoundland

August 29th, 2022


Jonathan sails a Bristol Chanel Cutter and recently sailed to northern Labrador, and was circumnavigating Newfoundland when I interviewed him. We …

Phillip Sax, The Channels of Southern Chile

August 22nd, 2022


Phillip Sax spent a year sailing in and exploring the islands and channels in and around the Beagle Channel and the Straits of Magellan, in Southern Chile. We talk about his experiences there, navigating, anchoring, …

Tapio Lehtinen, GGR 2022

August 15th, 2022


Tapio is preparing to sail around the world in the Golden Globe Race, which starts in September. He did the same race in 2018 and finished fifth, out …

Canada Update 3, Newfoundland

August 8th, 2022


In this second update from Newfoundland, I discuss anchorages in the Bay d'Espoir, hiking, fishing, fake waterfalls, getting a fishing license, new anchoring techniques, falling rocks, swarms of hungry bloodsucking …

Capt. Phil Watson of the Bluenose II

August 1st, 2022


The Bluenose II is a 161' schooner based out of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is a replica of the original Bluenose, a Grand Banks fishing and racing schooner, and possibly the most iconic boat in North America. …

The Wayward Travelers 3, Part 2

July 25th, 2022


This is the second part of my third interview with Roan and Karrie Poulter, The Wayward Travelers. We talk mainly about The Bahamas. It's a fun …

The Wayward Travellers 3, Part 1

July 18th, 2022


Roan and Karrie bought a catamaran to do America's Great Loop, which we talked about in their first interview. They have now completed their Bahamas season, and thus wrapped up their sailing adventure, which was one of …

Canada Update 2, Newfoundland!

July 11th, 2022


Discussing my time in Nova Scotia, from Lunenberg through the Bras d'Or Lake, and Newfoundland, particularly the fjords on the south coast.

Guy DeBoer 3

July 4th, 2022


In this third interview with Guy DeBoer, we talk about his preparations for the 2022 Golden Globe Race, covering topics like boat preparation, …

Shawna Reed, Giving up Life on Land and Becoming a First Mate

June 27th, 2022


Having no previous sailing experience, Shawna moved onto a 35' sailboat with her partner, gave up her land-based life, and sailed away to the Caribbean. We talk about sacrifices, learning to sail, dealing with fear, …

Nini Champion and Lisa Roland

June 20th, 2022


Nini and Lisa are preparing to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a 27' rowboat in the 2022 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. We talk about their mission, motivation, the boat, food, water, getting past fear, their …

Canada Update 1

June 13th, 2022


A documentation of my journey from Snow Island, Maine, to Tenants Harbor; to Rockland; to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada; to Rogues Roost, and my …

Dr. Dustin Welbourne, Part 2

June 6th, 2022


In this second part of our conversation, we talk about sea-level rise, the impacts of leisure boating, what cruising sailors can do to minimize our impact on the environment, dealing with black-water, seagrass beds, …

Dr. Dustin Welbourne, Ecology for Cruising Sailors, Part 1

May 30th, 2022


Dr Welbourne is both scientist and cruising sailor. We talk about solar panels, lithium batteries, camera traps, sharks, bearded fire worms, The …

Florida to Maine

May 23rd, 2022


I just arrived in Maine after my longest solo passage yet, 1200nm, 9 days, St Augustine, Florida to Snow Island, Maine. Here, I talk about the …

Alex Teeft, Nova Scotia

May 16th, 2022


Alex is a sailor and boat-builder who lives near the 100 Wild Islands Wilderness of Nova Scotia, Canada. We talk about sailing in Nova Scotia, fishing, the climate, the cruising season, surfing, wildlife, bugs, fog, …

John Kretschmer, Part 2

May 9th, 2022


In this second part of our conversation, we talk about offshore sailboat design, keels, rudders, reefing, staysails, safety, celestial navigation, books, writing, and much more.

Author and Offshore Guru John Kretschmer, Part 1

May 2nd, 2022


John Kretschmer is the author of 7 sailing nonfiction books and is the host of serious offshore training passages and bluewater sailing workshops. We talk about sailing in the Caribbean, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, bugs, …

Kiana Weltzien, Solo Sailing a Wharram Catamaran

April 25th, 2022


Kiana is an incredibly brave and competent young woman who sails solo aboard a 1971 Wharram Catamaran. We talk about developing the dream to sail …

Peter Lawless 3

April 18th, 2022


Peter is preparing for another attempt to sail around the world singlehanded and nonstop on his Rival 41, Waxwing. We talk about Portugal, orcas, …

Arctic Explorer Matt Rutherford, Part 2

April 11th, 2022


Our conversation continues with varied discussions about sailing and exploring and conducting research in the arctic, biking solo through SE Asia, …

Arctic Explorer Matt Rutherford, Part 1

April 4th, 2022


Matt is the only person ever to have circumnavigated the Americas nonstop and singlehanded. He now runs a sailing research vessel in the arctic. We talk about sailing as an escape from street life, falling in love with …

Robin Davie, GGR Competitor

March 28th, 2022


Robin Davie is a veteran of three solo circumnavigations in the BOC races. He has been preparing for the GGR for six years. We talk about getting his …

Bahamas to St Augustine

March 21st, 2022


Planning for my passage from The Bahamas to St Augustine Florida, including stowing the dinghy on deck, preparing the boat for passage, my go-bag, weather, navigation, and sleep.

Julie Bradley, Part 2

March 14th, 2022


In this second part of our discussion, we talk about UFOs, books, writing, cruising, fishing, publishing, and much more.

Julie Bradley, Author and Circumnavigator

March 7th, 2022


Julie is the author of "Escape from the Ordinary," "Crossing Pirate Waters," and "May Day May Day, Mariners Guide to VHF Radio." We talk about …

Kirsten Neuschafer Part 2, PEI to Cape Town

February 28th, 2022


This is the second part of the interview with Kirsten (part 1 is the previous episode). We talk about sailing from Prince Edward Island to Cape Town, South Africa. She left Canada in December, in conditions most of us …

Kirsten Neuschafer, PEI to Cape Town, Part 1

February 21st, 2022


Kirsten is an entrant in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, a solo circumnavigation race that starts this September. She just completed a journey in her …

Bahamas Update

February 19th, 2022


In this mid-week mini-episode, I talk about painting my propeller, sailing plans, writing a book with Tapio Lehtinen, and the bonus episodes I am putting on Patreon. Patrons can ask me to talk about anything they are …

Guy Waites, Preparing for the GGR

February 14th, 2022


Guy Waites is a competitor in the upcoming Golden Globe Race - a solo circumnavigation in traditional cruising boats limited to 1968 technology. We …

Lia Ditton, Row Lia Row!

February 7th, 2022


Lia is a solo sailor and a long-distance rower, and she recently rowed all the way from California to Hawaii. We talk about being an athlete, …

Out Chasing Stars

January 31st, 2022


Amy Alton, aka Liz Alden, has circumnavigated on a catamaran and written 4 books. We talk about anchoring in The Bahamas, her catamaran, sailing the new boat to Miami from France, using radar, obstacles in SE Asia, …

Legendary Sailboat Designer Chuck Paine

January 24th, 2022


Chuck is one of the most successful sailboat designers of all time, and has been at it since the 1970's. We discuss old designs vs. new, the pros and …

The Wayward Travelers 2, in The Bahamas

January 17th, 2022


In this, my second interview with Roan and Karrie Poulter, we talk about their experiences in The Bahamas, as compared to the Great Loop, and in a …

Harry: Sailor, Ex-Biker, and Friend of Bill

January 3rd, 2022


I met Harry because we are both sober sailors. Harry was an alcoholic and a Biker in California, and is now 29 years sober and an accomplished …

America's Great Loop, The Wayward Travelers

December 27th, 2021


Roan and Carrie Poulter, aka The Wayward Travelers, spoke to me from Key West after completing the Great Loop in their 1988 Gemeni 3000 catamaran. We …

Attacked by Orcas, Gary French

December 20th, 2021


Gary French was sailing his brand new Amel 50 off the coast of Spain in 2020 when his boat was attacked by Orcas. We talk about the boat, the orca attack, repairing the boat, the ARC 2020, safety, and more.

Matt Steverson, The Duracell Project

December 13th, 2021


Matt is refitting the classic Open 60 formerly known as Duracell and turning it into a cruising home for he and his wife. We talk about learning to sail, racing in Puget Sound, living aboard in the Pacific Northwest, …

Simon Curwen, GGR 2022 Entrant

December 6th, 2021


Simon Curwen will be sailing around the world solo and nonstop in his Biscay 36 in the 2022 Golden Globe Race. We talk about racing, his boat, tiller …

Errol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, Jamica

December 4th, 2021


An interview with Donna, the Marina Manager at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Sailing Solo from Panama to Jamaica

November 30th, 2021


I discuss my singlehand passage of 8 days and 900nm from Bocas del Toro, Panama, to Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Going All In, John Rife

November 29th, 2021


John and his wife took their first sailing class in March of 2020 and later that year bought a Tartan 37. His story is a good example of how to move quickly from landlubber to cruising sailor. We talk about sailing …

Guy deBoer 2, Preparing for the GGR

November 22nd, 2021


This is my second interview with Guy deBoer, an entrant in the 2022 Golden Globe Race. We discuss the refit of his boat, Spirit, a Tashiba 36, …

A Family on a Tartan 41, John, Jennifer, and Wilson Stark

November 15th, 2021


John, Jennifer, and their son Wilson Stark live on a Tartan 41. I interviewed them in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We talk about their boat, safety, …

200 Days of Fun, Gaurav Shinde 2

November 8th, 2021


This is my second interview with 2022 Golden Globe Race competitor Gaurav Shinde. We talk all about his preparations for the around-the-world …

Ricardo Diniz pt 2, Survival at Sea

November 1st, 2021


In part 2, we go deeper into Ricardo's experience surviving the sinking of his mini-transat boat, what went through his mind while floating 26 hours in a lifejacket, how he contacted the cruise ship that rescued him and …

Ricardo Diniz pt 1, Rescued by a Cruise Ship

October 25th, 2021


Ricardo Diniz is a Portuguese singlehand sailor, author, coach, actor, businessman, and inspirational speaker. We talk about growing up in Portugal, learning to sail, building a mini-transat boat, running into a …

Maikel Galindo Yanes, Rebuilding an Aluminum Sailboat

October 18th, 2021


I met Maikel in Bocas del Toro when he sold me a dinghy that he built. He invited me into his shop, where he had built an aluminum dinghy from …

Carin Trimbach 2, The Panama Canal

October 11th, 2021


In this second interview with Carin, we discuss sailing from Bocas del Toro to shelter Bay, preparing to transit the Panama Canal, going through the canal, the Pacific side, and preparing for the coming passage to …

Punk Rock Carl 2, Bahamas to Luperon

October 4th, 2021


Carl Schultz, a former bicycle messenger in New York City, is a solo sailor exploring the tropics on his Shipman 28. We talk about his adventures …

Simon and Sally Currin, Icebergs, Williwaws, Polar Bears, and Vikings

September 20th, 2021


Simon and Sally recently sailed from Greenland to Labrador to Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. We talk about high-latitude sailing, staying warm, …

Peter Lawless 2, Solo Circumnavigation

September 16th, 2021


I spoke with Peter as he was anchored in Portugal fixing a steering breakdown. He is on his way around the world in a solo, nonstop, unassisted …

Brian Russell 2, Caribbean to Azores to Scotland

September 11th, 2021


Brian Russell and his wife Helen, who you might remember from season 2, recently sailed Helacious, the boat the Brian built, from the USVI to the Azores and then to Ireland and Scotland. We talk about sailing from the …

Dr Rikki Grober Eriksen, Coral Reef Ecology

August 29th, 2021


Dr. Rikki Grober Eriksen is a PhD Marine Biologist and the Director of Marine Programs for the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She lives on a …

Pat Lawless 2, Shakedown Cruise to Iceland

August 29th, 2021


Pat is preparing his boat, a Saltram Saga, for the 2022 Golden Globe Race, a singlehand, non-stop circumnavigation that allows only pre-1968 …

Panama Update 2

August 29th, 2021


This one is just me talking about my time here in Bocas del Toro, Panama. I talk about the anchorages, the town, my new dinghy, spearfishing, surfing, some of the other islands, rip currents, my plans of going to …

Adventureman Dan Part 2

August 18th, 2021


This is the second half of my interview with spearfisherman, freediver, kiteboarder, and sailor, Adventureman Dan. If you haven't already listened to Part 1, it is the episode directly before this one.

Adventureman Dan, Part 1

August 18th, 2021


Adventureman Dan is a spearfisherman, freediver, and solo sailor, currently in the Bahamas. As a nice coincidence, Dan ran into Stephanie Shuldt, …

Stephanie Shuldt, Freediving and Spearfishing in The Bahamas

August 12th, 2021


Stephanie left a corporate job just a few years ago to chase her dream of living a nomadic life on a catamaran, sailing, freediving, and spearfishing. We talk about the obstacles she overcame, her boat (a 46' Fountaine …

Robert Perry, Designing Beautiful Things that Make People Happy

August 6th, 2021


Robert Perry has been designing boats since he was 14, and is one of the most well-respected and prolific sailboat designers of all time. We discuss …

Margie Woods, Sailing in the Moment

August 1st, 2021


Margie Woods sailed her Catalina 34, Haunani, in the 2016 Singlehanded Transpac, from San Francisco to Hawaii, and she did it with minimal offshore sailing experience. We discuss preparing herself and her boat for the …

Expedition Glacialis: Greenland!

July 27th, 2021


Expedition Glacialis is a team of scientists aboard a 43' custom steel Koopmans sailboat. Virginie Wyss, Matthew Ryle, Arnaud Conne, and Richard …

Katie McCabe, 14 Years Old and Sailing Solo around Great Britain

July 24th, 2021


Katie is currently trying, at 14 years old, to become the youngest person to sail singlehanded around Great Britain. She is doing so on a beautiful …

Pete Currier, Sailing a Formosa 51 from Grenada to Ireland

July 11th, 2021


Pete recently bought a Formosa 51 in Grenada, worked on her enough to make the passage home, and took off for Ireland. Along the way, he had a few …

Sailing Through the Lockdown via Scotland, John Passmore

July 7th, 2021


Avoiding the lockdown by sailing north around Scotland to the Azores on a Rival 32, the 1988 OSTAR, capsizing a catamaran in the North Sea, the …

Michael Date, Golden Globe Racer

June 27th, 2021


Losing a mast in the Sydney Hobart; setting up his boat, a Thomas Gilmer Aries 32, for the Golden Globe Race; safety protocols; the selection and …

Kirsten Neuschafer, GGR Competitor, Pelagic Skipper

June 12th, 2021


Kirsten is an extremely accomplished blue-water sailor, with extensive experience in the high latitudes. She is an entrant in the 2022 Golden Globe …

Erick and Jenny VanMalssen 3

June 7th, 2021


Surfing and spearfishing in The Bahamas, sharks, deciding as a couple to sail to Panama from The Bahamas, preparing for the crossing and dealing with anxiety, selecting a weather window, clearing out at Matthew Town, …

Dark Horse of England, Part 2

May 31st, 2021


This is the second half of my interview with Joe Richardson onboard his Jason Kerr 63. We talk about his sailing and racing history, sailing in the Mediterranean, safety precautions for singlehanders, smoke alarms, fire …

Joe Richardson, Dark Horse of England, part 1

May 25th, 2021


Joe's boat,  Dark Horse of England, is a Jason Kerr designed 63' ocean racer with a luxury cruising interior. In addition to talking about his magnificent boat, we discuss sailing from Barcelona to the Caribbean, …

Panama Update 1

May 14th, 2021


Sailing from the Bahamas to San Andres, and San Andres to Bocas del Toro, Panama, clearing customs in Panama and the fees, Bocas Town, Bastimentos, surfing, freediving, ciguatera, Red Frog Beach

Carin Trimbach, Sailing Footloose Solo

May 8th, 2021


I love when episodes are full of laughter, and this one is the fullest! While we are not laughing, we talk about sailing in The Netherlands, crashing …

Capt. Rick Moore of "Sailing Sophisticated Lady"

May 1st, 2021


I met Rick at Isla San Andres, Colombia, while on my way to Panama. We talk about his sailing background, his previous boats, how he made the …

The Sailing Horror Stories of Paul Thornton

April 28th, 2021


Sailing in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, crime and piracy hotspots in the Caribbean, sailing upwind in 75 knots, losing steering offshore, Haitian …

Andreas Kuchta and Ginger Cat

April 26th, 2021


I met Andreas at San Andres, Colombia. He is a very knowledgeable sailor with many stories and a fine catamaran - a Lagoon 45. we talk about sailing …

Peter Lawless, Preparing for a Solo Nonstop Circumnavigation

April 15th, 2021


Peter is an Irish sailor who has been, for the last five years, preparing his boat, Waxwing, a Rival 41, for a solo nonstop circumnavigation via the …

Bahamas Update 5

March 30th, 2021


Landrail Point, Crooked Island, sailing to Great Inagua, sleeping as a singlehander, some recent lessons learned, another shark, Man O War Bay, Great Inagua, clearing out at Matthew Town, future plans

Bahamas Update 4

March 23rd, 2021


Sailing to Eleuthera from the Berry Islands, Hatchet Bay, surfing, capsizing the dinghy, sailing out of Hatchet Bay, Sailing from Eleuthera to Cat Island, spearing a big mutton snapper, a tiger shark comes to the boat, …

Dr Chris Vonderheide 2, Gales and Temerity

March 7th, 2021


This episode is a second interview with Dr. Vonderheide, during which he describes a gale in the Gulf Stream and his first offshore passage, at the …

PunkRock Carl, a Modern Sailing Vagabond

March 3rd, 2021


Carl is a bike messenger from New York City, sailing, now on his fourth sailboat, in The Bahamas. He has many interesting and unique stories from a perspective that many of us are unfamiliar with, such as living in New …

The Sailing and Spiritual Journeys of Dr Chris Vonderheide

February 27th, 2021


crossing the Gulf Stream in 25 knots North, nearly drowning while clearing a net off the rudder, petting wild dolphin while underway, electronics, …

Andy and Leslee Fiveland and the Dolphin Parade

February 21st, 2021


I met this friendly couple in Great Harbor Cay, The Bahamas, where we were both waiting out some weather. I anchored in front of their grey steel Bruce Roberts 53 and was pleased to meet such a fun couple. Andy, like …

Bahamas Update 3

February 18th, 2021


Surfing Egg Reef, sailing to Harbor Island, spearfishing at Man Island, sailing back to Egg Island, rowing through Current Cut, sailing to Great Harbor Cay

Erick and Jenny VanMalssen 2, Bahamas Adventures

January 28th, 2021


This is my second interview with the sailing couple Erick and Jenny VanMalssen.  We discuss the cruising life, freediving, spearfishing, surfing from a sailboat, lessens learned while living aboard, and various …

Bahamas Update 2, Using an AIS and Communicating with Ships

January 28th, 2021


My second update from The Bahamas in the Southern Abacos, then Eleuthera. I also discuss encountering five large ships at sea, all at once, using the AIS in this situation, and communicating with ships. I also included …

Bahamas Update, Paul Trammell

January 14th, 2021


Bahamas covid requirements for sailors, my passage to The Bahamas and my first two weeks here, anchorages, spearfishing, surfing, and future plans

Brian Boschma, Pelagic Autopilots

December 14th, 2020


Brian created Pelagic Autopilots in effort to make a better tiller pilot for his use in solo offshore racing in the San Francisco Bay area, including …

Marco Nannini, Global Solo Challenge

December 6th, 2020


Marco Nannini is the organizer of the Global Solo Challenge, an around-the-world solo sailing event in production sailboats, set to take place in …

Elliott Smith 2: The Right Moment is Always in Front of You

December 1st, 2020


Elliott Smith, whom you might remember from episode 7, is entering the 2022 Golden Globe Race. We talk about dealing with the cold, shopping for a …

Chasing the Nomadic Dream and the Refit of Windflower

November 26th, 2020


This episode is just me, talking about my new book, "Chasing the Nomadic Dream," the six-month refit of Windflower that is just now complete, short discussions of the other four books I've published, and the coming …

Irish Fisherman Enters the Race, Pat Lawless, GGR Entrant

November 19th, 2020


Pat Lawless is an Irish Fisherman and Cabinetmaker, and has entered the Golden Globe Race. We discuss his boat, a Saga Saltram, sailing in the North …

Looking Forward to the Fear, Guy deBoer, Golden Globe Race 2022 Entrant

November 15th, 2020


Guy deBoer hopes to become the first American to win a singlehanded, non-stop, around-the-world sailing race. We discuss his aspirations, his preparations, his training, and his boat, Spirit, a Tashiba 36, which he will …

Failure is Not an Option, Gaurav Shinde, GGR 2022 Entrant

November 10th, 2020


Gaurav Shinde is entered in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop circumnavigation race that allows only pre-1968 technology in full-keel …

Jaye Lunsford, Sailing on the Tall Ship El Galeon

October 18th, 2020


Jaye tells us about sailing as crew on El Galeon, a replica of a Spanish Galeon. She and her husband Dan sailed on El Galeon twice from Florida north to Nova Scotia, into the St Lawrence River, and into the great lakes. …

Brian Russell, SV Helacious, building an aluminum sailboat

October 9th, 2020


While in The Bahamas this year, I was on a mission to meet other sailors. My strategy was to row over to boats I liked and say hello. SV Hellacious stood out and called my name. She is an aluminum Dudley Dix 43 with red …

Paul Trammell, Buying a Bigger Boat, Sailing The Bahamas

September 27th, 2020


In this self-indulgent episode, I discuss my journey into the world of sailing, writing books, buying a bigger boat, and my sailing adventure in The …

Repowering, Alex and Lisa Tarleky

September 18th, 2020


I talked to Alex and Lisa Tarlecky about their experience repowering their Cabo Rico 38. They replaced and old Westerbeke 46 with a Beta. Since I was …

Jasna Tuta, Author of "A Drop in the Ocean" and All the Colours of Polynesia"

September 7th, 2020


Jasna and I discuss her books "A Drop in the Ocean," "Get Real Get Gone," and "All the Colours of Polynesia," as well as steel boats vs fiberglass …

Cruising the Southern Bahamas

August 27th, 2020


Ralph and Leslie have been cruising The Bahamas for many years and share their favorite places to go and things to do. We discuss gear, monohulls vs …

Elliot Smith, Letting go of Fear and Simply Going For It

August 23rd, 2020


Elliot is a young man who is chasing his dream and making it happen on a shoestring budget. We talk about his first time sailing to The Bahamas, which was also his first time offshore, singlehand sailing, spearfishing, …

Sailing Solo Through The Bahamas in 2018

July 31st, 2020


I recorded this in March of 2018 while sailing alone in The Bahamas, crossing the Crooked Island Passage between the Ragged Islands and Long Island. It was this trip that I wrote about in the book "Journey to the Ragged …

Jim Abernethy, The Man who Loves Sharks

July 30th, 2020


Jim Abernethy has spent nearly 40 years diving with sharks, without a cage. He has learned to befriend them, has removed hundreds of fish hooks from their mouths, and even pets them like dogs. In this interview, I set …

Tapio Lehtinen, Golden Globe Racer

July 20th, 2020


Tapio was one of only 5 finishers out of 18 boats that started in the 2018 Golden Globe Race, a singlehand, nonstop race around the world in old …

Andrew Evans, Author of "Singlehanded Sailing, Thoughts, Tips, Techniques, and Tactics"

July 11th, 2020


Andrew Evans is a singlehanded sailor and author of THE book on the subject. All serious singlehanders have either read the book, or they will.

We …

Erick and Jennifer VanMalssen

July 7th, 2020


Erick and Jen are living the dream of exploring and looking for surf and good spearfinshing on a beautiful Downeaster 38. We talk about how he chose …

Legendary Sailor Pete Goss, Vendée Globe Southern Ocean Rescue

July 5th, 2020


I interviewed Pete Goss in November, 2019, when I met him in the Chesapeake Bay. We discuss his rescue of a fellow racer in the 1996 Vendee Globe race, in which he turned around in hurricane-force winds in the Southern …

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