Ep. 1, Going All In, John Rife
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 education, buying a boat, the survey and haul-out, Tartan 37's, dealing with bad weather, insurance, hurdles that stop people from leaving the dock, making mistakes as a beginner, dinghies, fuel and avoiding diesel bug, climbing the mast, autopilots, steering, anchoring, and much more.
John and his family on Lark, a Tartan 37
Ep. 2, Simon Curwen, GGR 2022 Entrant
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 vs wheel, full keel vs modern designs, headsail configurations, roller furling vs hank-on, dual mainsheets, Hydrovane vs Aries, selecting lines, antifouling, reefing, safety, solo sailing vs sailing with crew, what he is looking forward to and what he fears about the GGR, sail trim for cruisers, and much more.
Clara, a Biscay 36, in which Simon will race around the world alone, nonstop, and without assistance in the 2022 Golden Globe Race
Simon in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France, where the race will start
Ep. 3, Matt Steverson, The Duracell Project
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, why he took on this project, his inspirations, Mike Plant, designing the interior, diesel/electric hybrids, Steve Dashew, Coyote the movie, the Duracell Project, designing a new keel, the Sea of Cortez, advice for buying an old boat, and much more.
Ep. 4, America's Great Loop, The Wayward Travelers
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 talk about their route, storms, friendly locals, the Erie Canal, selecting a boat for the loop, budgeting for the loop, their 5 great adventures, shade, showering, surfing, the Great Dismal Swamp, and much more.
Ep. 5, Harry: Sailor, Ex-Biker, and Friend of Bill
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 sailor. We talk about his Malo 39, B&G instruments, watermakers, Puerto Vallarta, the Sea of Cortez, learning to sail in California, getting sober, hitting the bottom, being a sober sailor and navigating the social scene, advice for anyone who wants to get sober, Buddhism for those in recovery, meditation, and much more.
Ep. 6, Sailing Solo from Panama to Jamaica
I discuss my singlehand passage of 8 days and 900nm from Bocas del Toro, Panama, to Port Antonio, Jamaica.
The route, including the previous 2 passages
Land Ho! Jamaica comes into view
Windflower at the dock at Port Antonio, Jamaica
Ep. 7, Errol Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, Jamica
An interview with Donna, the Marina Manager at the Errol Flynn Marina in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
Ep. 8, Legendary Sailboat Designer Chuck Paine
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 cons of heavy full-keeled boats, weatherhelm, modern designs, translating sailing experience to design, good and bad sailing memories, his beautiful wooden daysailors, his early racing days, Herreschoffs, how to select an offshore sailboat, and more.