Author of the books "Becoming a Sailor," "Journey to the Ragged Islands," "Alcoholics Not Anonymous," "Dead Flowers on Wednesday," "Chasing the Nomadic Dream," "The Joy of Living Clean and Sober," "The Gold Box," "On a Belt of Foaming Seas," "Sailing to Newfoundland," and host of the podcast "Offshore Sailing and Cruising with Paul Trammell"
Offshore Sailing and Cruising with Paul Trammell
Ep. 1, Pete Goss, Vendée Globe Southern Ocean Rescue
The Rescue of Raphael Dinelli
The Southern Ocean, on the way to the rescue
Racing around Britain and Ireland
Pete and Raphael
Ep. 2, Eric and Jennifer VanMalssen
Ep. 3, Andrew Evans
Ep. 4, Tapio Lehtinen
books Tapio mentioned: Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, A World of My Own by Robert Knox-Johnston
Tapio sailing Asteria by the Canary Islands in the 2018 Golden Globe Race
Ep. 5, Sailing Solo Through The Bahamas
Ep. 6, Jim Abernethy, The Man Who Loves Sharks
I learned a lot from this episode, and I will summarize here. I asked what to do, when diving or snorkeling, if a shark approaches. First, put your hand out before the shark gets to you, then gently push it away with your hand on the top of its head. Do not run away. Maintain eye contact. Slowly swim away when the shark has lost interest. Never allow yourself to smell like fish. Maintain a vertical position in the water. If spearfishing and you get a fish, never touch the fish, lift the fish out of the water as soon as possible, keep your eyes in the water while swimming to your boat, put the fish in the boat, move to a different area. Never wear white, wear black, or a dark color instead. Dead fish are white. Black gloves are a good idea. Never spear a shark, but use your spear or anything else to push the shark away, but do not pick a fight with the shark, you will lose. Never swim around people who are fishing, as their bait attracts sharks and makes them look for food. If you are surfing and get investigated by a shark, pull up your feet and try to get all appendages out of the water. If this is happening to your buddy, paddle over to him/her. Moving toward a shark scares it.
Movies and films Jim mentioned: Captain Ron, The Secret World of Rays and Skates, Game Changers, Forks Over Knives, Dairy is Scary, "Tales by Light" Misunderstood Predators
Ep. 7, Elliot Smith, Letting Go of Fear and Simply Going for it
When Elliot was 22 years old, he decided to learn how to sail. A year later he was sailing in The Bahamas on his own Pearson Triton. Now, at 25, he is a capable offshore singlehand sailor. He is a great example of someone who did not let not having an expensive boat, or expensive equipment, or lack of experience, get in the way of chasing his dream of exploring the world on a sailboat.
Books Elliot mentioned: "Dove" by Robin L. Graham and Derek L. T. Gill; "Across Islands and Oceans," "Bound for Distant Seas," and "The Next Distant Sea" by James Baldwin; "The Long Way" by Bernard Moitessier
Ep. 8, Crusing the Southern Bahamas
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 catamarans, crossing the Gulf Stream, sheltering in the Ragged Islands during the lockdown, ordering groceries from the mailboats, spearfishing, watermakers, lots of islands and anchorages, and places to snorkel and spearfish.
Ralph and Leslie in the Berry Islands
Cookout with locals at Lisbon Creek, Andros
Flamingos at Long Cay
Leslie with a Hogfish, South Andros
Prescott Smith searching for bonefish Andros
Ep. 9, Jasna Tuta, Author of "A Drop in the Ocean" and "All the Colours of Polynesia"
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 boats, the Cap Horn windvane autopilot, lessons learned at sea, managing emotions, swimming with whales and sharks, French Polynesia, atolls, solo sailing vs sailing with passengers, the extra responsibilities of being the captain, keeping eggs fresh, books, and more.
Recommended by Jasna:
the film Sharkwater
Storm Tactics, Sailing the Farm, Voyaging on a Small Income, Dove
Bernard Moitessier, Joshua Slocum, Nigel Calder
Ep. 10, Repowering, Alex and Lisa Tarlecky
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 considering doing the same to Windflower, who had an old Westerbeke 40, I wanted to talk to Alex and Lisa anyway. After recording the podcast, I found a leak in my engine's rear main seal, which was the last straw, and I ordered a Beta. We also discuss some of their experiences sailing the Cabo Rico, The Bahamas, and their new boat, a Manta catamaran.
Ep 11, Paul Trammell, Buying a Bigger Boat, Sailing The Bahamas
sailing to Eleuthera from Beaufort, NC
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 Bahamas in 2020.
Surfing a fun right pointbreak somewhere off Eleuthera. Read my next book to find out where!
Compass Cay, in The Exumas
two of my favorite things to eat!
Little Flower, my Cape Cod MK10
sunset at Hatchet Bay
Windflower at Fowl Cay
Widflower's haulout at the Oasis Boatyard in St Augustine, FL
Ep. 12, Brian Russell, SV Helacious
Brian spent 12,000 hours building an aluminum Dix 43 cutter. I met him in The Bahamas. We discuss all the things he has learned in his long journey of building and sailing his beautiful boat.
Brian at the mast, not in The Bahamas
SV Helacious in Hatchet Bay, The Bahamas, a Dudley Dix 43, custom built by Brian Russel,
Ep 13, Jaye Lunsford, Sailing on the Tall Ship El Galeon
Jaye Lunsford tells us about sailing as crew on El Galeon, a replica of a Spanish galeon, from Florida to Nova Scotia, into the St Lawrence River, and on to the Great Lakes.
Ep. 14, Failure is Not an Option, Gaurav Shinde, GGR 2022 Entrant
Gaurav Shinde is entered in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, a solo, nonstop circumnavigation race that allows only pre-1968 technology in full-keel production cruising boats designed before 1988. Gaurav will be racing in a Baba 35, Good Hope. He is the youngest entrant, and the only person of color in the race. Gaurav was born in India and lives in Canada. He has logged over 20,000 nautical miles of ocean racing, has competed in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, has been awarded the Admiral Ramdas Trophy for offshore sailing, and won many other awards for offshore racing.
Ep. 15, Looking Forward to the Fear, Guy deBoer, GGR 2022 Entrant
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 sail in the 2022 Golden Globe Race.
Ep. 16, Irish Fisherman Enters the Race, Pat Lawless,GGR Entrant
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 Atlantic, his preparations for the race, love of the ocean, sailing around the other Cape Horn, and north atlantic wildlife.
Ep 17, Chasing the Nomadic Dream and the Refit of Windflower
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 journey to Panama.
Windflower at Little Galliot Cay
Ep. 18, Elliott Smith 2: The Right Moment is Always in Front of You
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 boat, sailing alone, Moitessier's inspiration, preparing for the big race, personal strengths and weaknesses, and love of the ocean. "The right moment is always in front of you to start making steps in the right direction."
Ep 19: Marco Nannini, the Global Solo Challenge
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 2023. Unlike the Golden Globe, this is not a "retro" race, and thus will allow the use of any technology. Marco is also a very accomplished offshore racer. He took 1st place in the 2009 OSTAR in the IRC3 class, 2nd in the Round Britain and Ireland 2010, 27th in the Route du Rhum 2010, and 2nd in the Global Ocean Race 2011.
Ep 20: Brian Boschma, Pelagic Autopilots
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 the Transpac. Many offshore sailors consider the Pelagic to be the best tillerpilot on the market, and it is the only one that incorporates a rate gyro. He has since developed a unit for wheel-steered boats as well. We discuss offshore racing, the Transpac, how autopilots work, what makes Pelagic Autopilots unique, tiller vs wheel steering, love of offshore sailing, and wildlife encounters.