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May 1st

Cruising Maldives: freedom to roam

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It was only a few years ago that visiting islands in Maldives was relatively restricted; tourists weren’t just funneled to resort islands, they were actually banned from islands populated by locals. Lifting of the tourism ban in 2009 meant that cruising boats were no longer restricted to uninhabited or resort islands, but can visit populated islands as well. There’s a small but growing industry of guest houses and services for independent travelers. As a cruiser, we don’t need those much, but I’m immensely grateful: since it’s hard to imagine visiting a country where we’re effectively barred from getting to know the people and the culture.…

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April 30th

Who the Hell is Paul Exner!?

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Episode #100 is Paul Exner & I on the road talking business. It occurred to me shortly after releasing Paul’s first interview with Victor Hempel that a lot of my listeners might not know who the hell this Paul Exner guy was. So we re-hash some of Paul’s sailing experience, focusing on his technical knowledge of the sport. Ultimately though we ended up talking more about the new business than anything else. This is a very honest episode – we talk about the conflict of using the podcast as an advertising platform, how to price offshore passage trips, what it’s like emotionally starting your own business and lots more.…

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April 30th

Another Cape Dory and the Birth of a Sailing Nonprofit

Posted by // April 30, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

This is not quite my boat!
At the tax office in Bartow, FL on Monday morning I signed a title and became the legal owner of aCape Dory 27, a little-sister ship to my Cape Dory 28. Today, with a friend, I’ll start the long drive back to New Orleans and by the end of May we hope to have the 27 floating alongside my 28. Now you might ask why on earth I would want to own two nearly identical sailboats, and I wouldn’t blame you for asking. Simply put, I don’t. And although it’s my name on the title for this lovely little boat the last thing that I want is ownership of it; that was never the plan.…
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April 30th

Sailing with the girls from Team SCA

Posted by // April 30, 2015 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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What a Wednesday! Mia and I were invited to New York City yesterday to go sailing for a few hours with Sara HastreiterElodie Mettraux, two of the girls from the Volvo Ocean Race’s Team SCA who have rotated off this next ocean leg to Newport, RI, and a few of the support staff on the team’s TP52. Sara, for her part, was disappointed not to be sailing the leg to the USA, and her adopted hometown of Newport, but she understood (and, she just complete the Southern Ocean leg, via Cape Horn. “If I hadn’t gotten to do that leg, I feel like I would need to do the whole race again!…

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April 29th

Written by Ben Ellison on Apr 29, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Yes, you can have wireless phone and tablet charging built into your boat right now. What’s more, the Qi wireless charging standard that’s powering the demo above is picking up support at a rapid rate, and the company building it into boat cabinetry is top drawer (so to speak). In fact, you should know about Teak Isle and its DIY retail outlet Boat Outfitters even if you don’t give a hoot about induction charging…

Teak_Isle_iPad_door_n_CZone_mount_cPanbo.jpgI’ve learned that if I spot a bit of nicely designed and executed cabinetry at a boatshow, there’s a good chance that Teak Isle Mfg.

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April 28th

Just in from Scott Berg of the SSCA – the Florida Legislature has adjourned three days early. This ends the current round of fighting to preserve anchoring rights in the state of Florida. In other words, we won. Our rights to anchor in that state have been preserved…for now.
Best of all, I won’t have to write (and you won’t have to read!) again about this issue for another six months.
Special congratulations to everyone! I hesitate to mention names because I’ll be sure to miss some, and there are some who deserve mention who don’t want me to mention them, or whose place was on the quiet side of this fight and who can’t be mentioned.…

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April 27th

Gary Jobson

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Episode #99 is legendary America’s Cup sailor and local Annapolitan Gary Jobson. Gary told stories of growing up in New Jersey sailing dinghies, sailing with Ted Turner and winning the 1977 America’s Cup, commentating for ESPN, winning two Emmy wards, watching the foiling catamaran’s at AC34, his thoughts on AC35 in Bermuda and lots more!

Want to go ocean sailing? Book a berth on Isbjorn, our Swan 48, on 59-north.com/offshore.

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April 27th

Dauphin Island Regatta Hit By 80-MPH Winds, Two Dead, Four Missing

Posted by // April 27, 2015 // COMMENT (11 Comments)

Looks like Clark beat me to this one. Details are still coming in about a storm which hit the annual Dauphin Island Regatta on Saturday, scattering the race boats and causing widespread chaos in Mobile Bay. After the race two people are confirmed dead and at current count four are missing with an ongoing Coast Guard search (down from this morning’s total of five missing). Forty people were rescued from the water by the Coast Guard and up to ten boats were capsized, according to some reports. Winds were reported at 70 or 80 MPH in the storm, which appeared to be a large, discrete cell which swept over Mobile Bay in the afternoon.…

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April 27th

Tragedy At Alabama’s Dauphin Island Race

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Apparently a nasty front blew through toward the end of the 57th Dauphin Island Race, while boats were still finishing. Reports say an initial blast of 60 knots was followed by an hour of 30-50 knots. Several boats capsized, leaving several sailors in the water, and several dead and unaccounted for. The Coast Guard has been searching for missing mariners all weekend, and the search continues.

This video, taken in the harbor, gives an idea of what conditions were like:

A firsthand account is here

Full story here and here.

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April 27th

By Kimball Livingston Posted April 27, 2015

Convergence is a book about sailing to Tahiti, and sailing in Tahiti, and breathing in a lifetime of dreams and tales, glittering imaginings, gritty realities, and indelible wanderings.

I read the book, or a lot of it, at 36,000 feet flying the opposite direction from California, en route to the Caribbean and St. Barth. Maybe that’s backwards, but hey, time happens on a plane.

Being acquainted with Sally-Christine Rodgers, the author, and with Convergence, the 66-foot Wylie-designed cat ketch that she sailed to Tahiti along with three children and three other adults, including her husband, West Marine founder Randy Repass, I was inevitably “along for the ride.” And I don’t propose to do a book-review-thingie here.…

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