Tania Aebi spoke at the ARC Europe Rally in Bermuda last Sunday, and Andy recorded it. Tania was skippering Jojo Maria, a Beneteau on it’s way back to New York from the Caribbean. During the Bermuda stopover she regaled the packed house of crew with her tales of circumnavigating in her 26-foot Contessa in the 1980’s at age 18. She was the youngest woman to ever do so single-handed. Her book ‘Maiden Voyage’ remains in print and is an all-time sailing classic. The fleet was based at the St. George’s Dinghy & Sports Club.
By Billy Cullen
Imagine tossing a chicken carcass into a cage of hungry wolves, I think that’s a good idea of what feeding time looks like on a lot of offshore racers and delivery boats. As cook, on a sea going racer, you need not worry about comparisons to the finer restaurants in town. The ingredients for success are simple; two large deep pots, garlic and onions, a little planning, and variety, and watch your fingers at feeding time.
If you are cooking for a large crew, I suggest two large deep pots that fit catty corner, or side by side on your stove top.…Read More
The beautiful and charming Anna Vinnars, voice of the podcast, on the show today to talk about her epic cycling trip from South Africa to Sweden (yes, you read that correctly!). Co-hosted by Ryan Briggs, Andy’s best friend. This is a re-run from one of the very first podcasts Andy ever did, back in the ‘Two Inspired Guys’ days. It’s not so much about sailing, but it’s all about adventure. You’ll dig it. And you’ll fall in love with Anna’s voice like Andy did!Read More
Despite what I say in the intro, this is actually episode #102! Episode #102 is Mike Meer, a dear friend of mine and my former employer, who taught me everything I know about yacht rigging. It’s all about yacht rigging in the context of ocean sailing, in Mike’s witty, fun-loving style. He’s a cool guy, and he gets across complex rigging issues in a very understandable manner. The slides from Mike’s talk are available at this episode’s blog page on 59-north.com/sailingpodcast, so head there to follow along.
Want to go ocean sailing with Andy? Book a berth on Isbjorn, our classic Swan 48, at 59-north.com/offshore.…Read More
Episode 101 is sort of a hybrid conversation and essay, and you’ll see why right now.
Mia and I got the chance to sail onboard Team SCA’s TP52 in New York Harbor last week (in fact I’m recording this the day after). Two of the girls who’d rotated off the crew roster for this leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, Sara Hastreiter and Elodie-Jean Mettraux came along, and I had a chance to chat with Elodie on the dock following the sail.
So what’s it like sailing a TP52 with some of the best women ocean sailors in the world? Pretty freaking awesome.…Read More
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.…Read More
What a Wednesday! Mia and I were invited to New York City yesterday to go sailing for a few hours with Sara Hastreiter & Elodie 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!…Read More
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!Read More
Retired Senator Tom Harkin invited me and my dad to his house in Hope Town, Bahamas, a place he’s been going to since the 70s to escape the rat race in DC, and which he’ll spend a lot more time at now in retirement. We took the ferry over and had lunch with Tom and his wife Ruth on the dock overlooking the sea of Abaco and Tom’s new sailboat, a 26’ lifting keel Seaward. We recorded the podcast on the deck behind Tom’s house, overlooking the Atlantic ocean. My dad was there as well, listening in the background. Tom’s got an amazing life story, a lot of which includes his love of sailing.…Read More
Arcturus under full sail in the Baltic, 2012. Scroll down for more photos at the end of the post.
1966 Allied Seabreeze Sloop/Yawl, Hull #56
Mia and I never really thought this day would come. But just yesterday, we delivered Isbjorn to Annapolis from Connecticut, and our sailing careers officially evolved. Alas, like a good woman, my heart can’t be with two boats. I only hope I can find the perfect owner for Arcturus so she can continue the adventures we started on her.
So here’s the deal – whoever buys Arcturus is getting the deal of the century. You never recoup the money you put into a boat, I understand that, so she’s very under-valued if you look at the dollars that went into her (about $35,000 under our watch, and another $35k under the previous owner). Arcturus is a true classic, and is as turn-key as you’ll ever find in a used boat – you could sail her around the world tomorrow if you wanted to, in perfect safety and comfort.
Arcturus is also VAT-paid in Europe, yet remains American-flagged and USCG documented.…Read More