On the Wind Sailing Podcast

231: Tom Cunliffe // Sailing Legend & Writer

16 Apr

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#231. Tom Cunliffe is one of the great sailor/writers of the past 30 years. His old-school style in both the boats he chooses to sail and the way he tells his story is fascinating. Tom grew up in the UK and went to sea at a very young age on an actual merchant sailing vessel trading along the coast. His adventurous spirit goes beyond the high seas too – he and his wife motorcycled across the US, and he keeps a 1949 Bentley in his garage that he affectionately calls Reggie. After sailing classic, wooden gaff pilot cutters for most ...

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230: Goran Rutgerson // America’s Cup Sailor, Inventor & Entrepreneur

9 Apr

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#230. Goran Rutgerson is the founder of the eponymous Rutgerson company, who design & fabricate rigging and deck hardward in Marstrand, Sweden. Goran grew up in a sailing family and went on to pursue his passion in the sport, rising all the way to the America’s Cup ranks. Back in the day, he was good buddies with Peter Harken, and both Harken & Rutgerson evolved as businesses alongside one another on opposite sides of the Atlantic. I spoke to Goran at his office at the Rutgerson Factory in Marstrand in January.

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BONUS: Matt Rutherford // Single-Handed

2 Apr

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Spartan Ocean Racing Sail-4-Cancer

Hey guys, this one is personal to me – as you know, my mom died of brain cancer in 2012 at only 62 years old. Chris Stanmore-Major, who was on the podcast a few weeks back, is putting together a ‘Sail 4 Cancer’ campaign through his Spartan Ocean Racing & Training and needs our help raising money for it. Please follow the link and donate to help them out. Thanks.

https://www.gofundme.com/spartan-sail-4-cancer-campaign/


BONUS. Matt Rutherford has been on the podcast more than anyone else in our 230+ episodes, and his stories are always epic. What follows ...

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RECYCLED: Gary Jobson // America’s Cup Legend

26 Mar

RECYCLED #99. Gary Jobson is one of the few household names in the American sailing world. He’s is a former All-American collegiate sailor and won the America’s Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner. Gary then became a professional broadcaster & producer, working for ESPN and other national media organizations, and more recently has done TV announcing work for the most recent America’s Cups. He’s an Editor at Large for both Sailing World & Cruising World Magazines. Gary continues to sail out of his homeport in Annapolis and remains one of America’s strongest sailing ambassadors. I had the privilege ...

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BONUS: Ask Us Anything // How I Think About Sailing #3

23 Mar

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HOW I THINK ABOUT SAILING #3. Andy & Mia answer listener questions on things like mono- versus multihulls, swing keels, meals onboard, books, how to be a leader and more!

How I Think About Sailing is Andy Schell’s new podcast on, well, the title speaks for itself! Subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts! Music by Storm Weather Shanty Choir. Donate at 59-north.com/thinksailing....

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229: Andreas Heide // Sailing & Swimming With Whales

19 Mar

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#229: Andreas Heide is captain of the sailing yacht ‘Barba’, and the motivation behind thrilling expeditions run in far northern Norway – In winter. I should mention that Barba isn’t a beefed up expedition yacht – she’s a Jeanneau Sun Fast 37, more likely found in the Caribbean than the Arctic. No matter. After learning to sail in 2009, Andreas and his companions set their course north in search of Orcas. Here’s his incredible story.

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228: Liz Karamavros // 1st 59 North Apprentice

12 Mar

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#228: Liz Karamavros is 59 North’s first-ever apprentice. She came to us at the 2015 Annapolis Sailboat Show, and made such a good impression when we basically made up the apprentice position for her! Since then she’s continued to carve out her own path towards her dream of professional ocean racing. Liz has recently signed onto her first big gig and is headed to the Caribbean to race onboard a Volvo 60!

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RECYCLED Bob Shepton // Arctic Legend & Round the World Sailor

27 Feb

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#224 / #173 Recycled. The Reverend Bob Shepton, now 81, got his start shortly after WWII as a climbing instructor in the British Armed Forces, where he used the outdoors to teach leadership & scripture. He didn’t start sailing until much later in life, but got real serious about it real quickly. I sat down with him at the Southampton Boat Show to talk religion, spirituality, his early days as a climber, losing his boat during an Arctic winter, his 15 Atlantic crossings, meeting the Wild Bunch, and the story behind the film series ‘Vertical Sailing Greenland.’ The music in ...

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RECYCLED: John Rousmaniere // Sailing Legend & Writer

27 Feb

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#36 RECYCLED. John Rousmaniere is a lifelong sailor & writer whose seen – and done – it all. I first met John in Bermuda following the 2014 Newport-Bermuda Race. John’s been involved in the race for years running the media team. John is most well-known for his books, namely the Annapolis Book of Seamanship, and Fastnet Force 10, about that infamous race in 1979.


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VOTE! Which one is your favorite!? All crew who sail in the Arctic this summer will get their #Isbjorn arctic patch, in addition to our standard crew patch! @psychedelicsteve at it again with the awesome design! VOTE 1,2,3 or 4! #isbjornsailing #graphicdesign #sailing #arctic #svalbard #iceland

It’s International Polar Bear Day! Had to honor it with a beautiful photo of Isbjorn in her natural habitat! 😉😍 Isbjorn = Ice Bear in Swedish 🇸🇪 #polarbearday #howcantherenotbeapolarbearemoji #Isbjornsailing #sexybeast #sailing #segling #offshoresailing

Weather on the way. ⛈ ☔️ 🌊 @miapahavet is still smiling! #tbt BVI-Bermuda 2017. #sailing #offshore #segling #feelalive #schralpthegnar #nobadweather #onlybadclothing

Skied ALL the way to the mailbox today & it was EMPTY! 😐💩#weappreciatepostcards #livetpålandet #farmlife #notsailing #feelalive #karunworld

#tbt @schell_andy getting his old-school @sailorjerry Pig 🐷 & Rooster 🐔 tattoos with Annie at @salongbetong in Stockholm in 2016. Who knows the lore behind the symbolism? #yaargh #sailing #oldschool #sailorjerrytattoo I hope Lukas isn’t offended @jodensvi! 🐽

Ahoy Senator! Retired fighter pilot & US Senator Tom Harkin is one of Isbjorn’s regular crew, having sailed with us 3 times. “I often think of that trip around Sweden & how absolutely fantastic it was! Thanks for taking me onboard.” Tom even ran for President in 1992, conceding the Democratic primary to Bill Clinton, and has to be one of the few to talk sailing on the Senate floor! BTW, his hat says “peace”! We are lucky to count Tom as a role model & friend! #isbjorncrew #isbjornsailing #sailing #sweden #segling #offshoresailing #feelalive

Evening twilight star sights 🌟 ⭐️ using Moitessier’s no scope // both eyes open approach, which he writes about in Cape Horn: The Logical Route. These were for real - we sailed BVI-Bermuda last May using only the sextant & the compass. The crew, myself included, learned a lot, had a blast & it’ll be the focus of an upcoming magazine feature, hence why I dug up the photo. #startosteerherby #oldschool #navigation #offshore #moitessier #sailing #isbjornsailing #isbjorncelestial #feelalive

Ok, be honest - how many sailors out there actually do the annual maintenance on your PFDs? We’ve got 8 of the @hellyhansen ‘Inflatable Racing’ PFDs, so it’s an afternoon’s project! Gotta make sure we get the @svdelos gang back from the Arctic in 1 piece! Remove & inspect the CO2; remove & check the activation device; inflate through the manual tube (with a bike pump to avoid moisture! 🚲); let sit for 24+ hours and check for leaks! #safetyfirst #themoreyouknow🌈 #Isbjorn #sailing #isbjornsafety #feelalive #isbjornarctic

#Svalbard planning 😬 💪 THANKS to @tobias.tornebohm from s/v Bölja for cooking us an AMAZING Tromsø fish stew & schooling us on his favorite Svalbard anchorages! 👊 🇳🇴 🇸🇪. Felt like real explorers tonight, and this upcoming summer adventure feels suddenly more real! 😬⛵️🌊⛰ Tobias wrote a book about his trip called @arktisk_feber - Andy’s first book he’s reading in Swedish - and we first met in magical Fair Isle last summer 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿! And that’s Per from @waterlinedesign showing off his ‘torsk’ catch (Swedish for codfish) from Bjørnøya! #bearisland #sailingfriends #smallworld #arctic #isbjornarctic #explorers #sailing #segling #tromsostew

#tbt 2015 in St. Thomas, our tiny island anchorage we named ‘Isbjorn Island’ since we were always the only ones there! Little reminder how lucky we are to get paid to do what we love! 🌴 ⛵️ 🌊 💕 Who can spot the boat in the photo!? #holdfasttoyourdreams #followyourheart #isbjornsailing #sailing #islandtime #caribbean #feelalive



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227: Chris Stanmore-Major // Spartan Ocean Racing

20 Feb

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#227. Chris is a long-time ocean racing sailor, having competed in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, skippered a boat in the Clipper Race and later building his own charter-racing business called Spartan Ocean Racing. Chris & Andy met at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua in 2016, Isbjorn’s first attempt at the race, and finally got the chance to record a podcast in January 2018!

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