Records, records and more records

11 Jan
The Jackal aboard Banque Populaire

I remember as a kid trying to get my friends to like sailing. “It’s boring,” they told me. “Nothing ever happens.” And you know they were probably right. I loved sailing, but sailing was kind of boring back then. Boring no more. Just step back and take a look at our sport today. Flying boats competing for the America’s Cup. One man sailing single-handed around the world, non-stop, on a 100-foot trimaran and smashing over eight days off the record. The amazing footage that was sent back from the boats in the last Volvo Ocean
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Following a Dream – Another day at the office

11 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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A Chat with Jonny Malbon

10 Jan

The defining characteristic of these past few days has been gray, gray, gray, overcast and gray. It seems as though we have not seen the sun substantively, except of one afternoon last week, for weeks. Amazing, and one hopes that that will change.

We have 1500 nautical miles to Cape Horn. We have passed into the Rocky Mountain Time Zone, and more pertinent to ship operations, our Inmarsat-C has logged out of the satellite for POR, Pacific Ocean Region, and logged onto AOR-W, Atlantic Ocean Region – West (there are four satellites in all, two in the Atlantic, East and ...

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Following a Dream – Halfway across the Pond

10 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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175: Sailing Totem

10 Jan



#175. Behan & Jamie Gifford set off from Seattle Washington in Totem, their Stevens 47 sloop, in 2008. They’ve been sailing the world ever since, raising their three kids aboard the boat while crossing oceans, exploring landfalls and meeting interesting people along the way. Mia & I were invited aboard while Totem was in Annapolis last fall and had an enlightening conversation with the whole family about how they got inspired to go cruising, how the ‘identify’ themselves, where they call home, and what’s in store for their future cruising plans.


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Topics covered including links:

  • The podcast
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Following a Dream – One week done and dusted

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – A troglodyte’s life

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – TGIF

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.” It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world. You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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Following a Dream – Snow White and the rest of the crew

9 Jan
For the next few weeks this blog is going to be following a crew racing in the Cape to Rio Race. It’s not just any crew, it’s an extraordinary crew made up of non-white sailors that have come from impoverished backgrounds and are, as their slogan states, “Following a Dream.”  It’s a wonderful story of self motivation, determination and hard work that got them to the start of one of the most iconic yacht races in the world.  You can read the original story about them here. That particular blog took on a life of it’s own in South Africa
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2016 VENDEE GLOBE: Battle of the Foils Denouement

8 Jan

Armel on Banque Pop

Last we discussed this the race leaders, Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss and Armel Le Cleac’h on Banque Populaire (seen above, celebrating the New Year), had just been in sight of each other as Armel passed Alex and then opened up a slim 15-mile lead. It seemed my remarking on this was a jinx for Alex, as Armel’s lead steadily increased from there, to over 800 miles, and it was starting to look like Game Over for Alex. After the duo rounded Cape Horn, however, Armel fell into light air while Alex powered on and in a matter of ...

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