This is the last of the podcast episodes I have on file with Matt. We recorded this one at Pusser's in Annapolis, a few days after he returned from his epic Solo the Americas expedition last April. Matt was enjoying a well-earned burger while we talked, so excuse the background noise (and the chewing!). I'm headed to Annapolis tomorrow to see his new boat and talk to him about the Ocean Research Project, so that episode will be out soon. In the meantime, enjoy this one!
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Almost two weeks in the ocean and the moon is about a day away from being full. Kinship is sailing along, the last few days we have experienced lighter winds. It makes it a bit tricky because we have squalls now and then and are reefing and unreefing a lot. Keeps us busy! Read More
This morning I had the 04-07 watch. The night watches are my favorites on the boat, when it is peace and quiet and I have some time for my self. The boat is a small space for four people to live on. We all have our own bunk ...
22 Jan 2013 16.00 UTC
18°27 ' N / 38° 48 ' W
Wind 18-22 kt ENE
We just passed our half point. We were debating where it would be and decided that 38° 30' W would do it.
It has been downwind sailing ever since we gybed last Saturday and have been able to head pretty much due west since then. The best sail combination is to have the reacher poled out on the end of the boom on the port side, and as the wind shifts a bit we just trim the sail.
Yesterday we entered squall country ...
I love the way smells bring back memories – feelings – like no other sense. Walking into the house I grew up in when I’ve been away for a while, and the feelings that conjures. Getting on the boat after having been gone. It probably smells like diesel, but to me, it’s the smell of adventure. ... Read More
Time is flying and so is Kinship.
The butter is starting to melt and it is time for us to turn right. There is a saying that when you are sailing from the Canaries to the Caribbean, you head south until the butter melts and then turn right. We have had a few hazy days which I have been enjoying, very pleasant temperature. Last night I could see the stars bright and clear and understood it would be a clear day with sun. With the clear sky came the temperature, the butter started to melt and we are down ... Read More
Andy here. Just checked my email this morning and had a long one from Mia, who's posting on our blog at www.59-north.com from at-sea. Kinship departed Las Palmas on Saturday, January 12, bound for the Caribbean. This is their latest…
Jan 17 11.00 UTC
21° 00 ' N / 25° 57 ' W
Wind: E 14-18 kt
Another lovely day on Kinship!
I had the morning sunrise watch, 07-10, today but unfortunately with the haze we had today and yesterday I did not see the sun come up. It is definitely getting warmer as we are getting south and ... Read More
In April 2011, about two months prior to Matt's recored-breaking Solo the Americas expedition began, Matt and Andy sat down in a little marina on Burnside Street in Annapolis where Matt kept his 32-foot Pearson, the boat he'd twice crossed the Atlantic on. At the time, Matt was virtually unknown, and when he told people about his idea, many of them ignored him, claiming it was a death-wish. But after listening to this talk with him, it's hard to doubt the man, even before he set out…
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Here comes the first blog post from Kinship. Sorry I am writing in English, but I promised I would…
09.00 UTC 14 Jan 25 degrees, 00 ‘ N 18 degrees, 48 ‘ W
We all were impressed with Las Palmas and what we got done when we turned around. We arrived early Wednesday morning and ten minutes later we had people come and work on the boat. Jon Crouch was the man who made everything happen and we were very thankful for his help. The broken shroud got replaced, Kinship got hauled out to fix some leaks and ... Read More
Kinship, the Saga 43 that Mia and I sailed on to Europe this past summer, is back and sea, and heading east to west across the Atlantic now, aiming to complete the circle she started last May.
Originally the boat was set to join the ARC rally in November, sailing in company from Las Palmas to St. Lucia (we indeed participated in ARC Europe in the springtime, calling at Bermuda and the Azores before finishing on the European continent in Portgual). Alas, they had to turn back after 24 hours due to some major deck leaks, which though not ... Read More
I’m continuing to post my sailing-related podcast episodes on SAILfeed until my posting editor gets fixed. At the moment, these short descriptions are all I’m able to do, so for the meantime, enjoy the interviews! Ben & Teresa are amazing people and amazing sailors. After single-handing their own boats for a few years – sailing in company, and keeping a rotating watch while one person slept – they joined forces on Ben’s Bristol Channel Cutter and aimed north. The goal was Labrador to search for icebergs, and they filmed a movie about the adventure, titled ‘One Simple Question,’ which is ... Read More