Paul Exner of Modern Geographic on Two Inspired Guys

19 Feb

Andy recorded this episode in Chicago during last month's Strictly Sail show at Navy Pier. Paul Exner is a professional sailor who teaches sail training on his own boat (which he spent 10 years building from a bare hull), and on other people's boats based out of Tortola in the BVI. His company is called Modern Geographic because he used to be a map maker, of all things! Paul is a super nice guy and we had a super cool chat at the Billy Goat Tavern over coffee one morning before the show started. Thanks Paul!...

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Captain Cook and Star Trek

8 Feb

When I started reading Blue Latitudes I thought the author was a poser. Here he was retracing the voyages of the great Captain Cook, and he flew to most of the destinations. Aside from a week on the Endeavor replica and a few weeks on some charter sailboats, Tony Horwitz isn’t a sailor. He is, however, a great writer, formerly of The New Yorker. Blue Latitudes is researched meticulously and Horwitz succeeds in giving us a more human portrait of Cook.

I thought I was into Captain Cook, but now realize I’m a complete dilettante. The Captain Cook Society publishes ...

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Shackleton Redux

4 Feb

Who are these dudes? What century are they from? Which one has sailed faster than anyone on the planet?

All the answers can be found here

This is what they were emulating:

And this is their explanation of why they did it:


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SURF CRAZY: Capt. Calamity & Co.

29 Jan

It's just his 15th lifeboat rescue… is how the Rolling Stones might put it. Glenn Crawley of Newquay, Cornwall, was up to his old tricks last week, and the local volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew once again scrambled to come to his aid. Crawley, who has been nicknamed Captain Calamity since 2007, when he was once rescued four times in four hours, actually refused assistance this time and subsequently capsized his beach cat in the surf while trying to sail ashore. Check out the viddy up there and you'll see the lifeboat crew circling like vultures as he drags himself ...

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Matt Rutherford: After Solo the Americas

28 Jan

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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Bumbling from Miami to Bimini and an encounter with the Powers That Be

18 Jan
Not as chummy as they look, as it turns out

In the middle of Miami’s South Beach neighborhood there is a very unique anchorage, a diminutive bastion of the ninety-nine percent adrift in miles and miles of condos and exclusive marinas. Its unique character comes not from the anchorage itself but from the free dingy dock which it abuts. A free dingy dock, I am told when I arrive, is unheard of in South Florida. It is an anachronism from a simpler time, one before it was assumed that every schmuck foolish enough to buy a sailboat would also possess ...

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Matt Rutherford, before his Solo the America’s record.

16 Jan

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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Proper Yachting

14 Jan

Five years ago it was exciting just to see the first-ever world championship for course racing with kites become a reality.

And a hit. The coolest new thing in ages.

A year ago it was a breakthrough to see Johnny Heineken nominated (we knew he wouldn’t win) as a candidate for US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

Johnny studying a new kite, beach-side

I can still remember when the question about kites was, do you think we could race these things? They wouldn’t go upwind for diddly. Ebb tide (against the seabreeze) was the best assurance of completing a ...

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9 Jan
Looks delicious, right?

Well my Bahamas ‘vacation’ was wonderful- chaotic but oh-so-much fun and quite the learning experience. I feel maybe twice the sailor I was when starting the trip, which is a nicer way of saying I have no idea what I’m doing out on the water. An unsurprising corollary to the fact that most of my sailing lessons have been learned the hard way, including most of the ones on this trip. Still, as long as there’s not too much blood involved most of the time I’m just happy to have learned something and there are only a ...

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Ben & Teresa Carey on Two Inspired Guys

7 Jan

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 ...

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