On the Wind Sailing Podcast

#278: Kass Schmitt // The OSTAR Gale

5 Nov

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#278. Kass Schmitt is a solo sailor who has had a dream of completing the OSTAR Race, the original single-handed trans-Atlantic race, which back in the 1960s, began the solo racing scene we know today. Kass, unassuming and thoughtful, set out to make that dream a reality in 2017 on her cold-molded sloop ZEST, but was thwarted halfway across the Atlantic by an unusually strong early summer storm that swept through the fleet, forcing the abandonment of three boats and forcing her to retire. Kass & I sat down in London where she told me the tale.


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#277: Billy & Sierra // Tula’s Endless Summer

29 Oct

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Sierra Groth & Billy Swezey are the inspiring couple behind Tula’s Endless Summer. Their adventure started when Billy bought a dilapidated boat that had been abandoned in a New York boatyard and set about restoring her and meandering his way single-handed down the US East Coast. Billy met Sierra in Florida, and since then they, with their dog Jetty, have been inseparable, cruising the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean in a variety of boats from the original TULA to a motor trawler named NEVERLAND, and now their ex-racing catamaran ADRENALINE. We spoke to Billy & Sierra onboard ICEBEAR at the recent ...

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#276: Pip Hare // Preparing for the Race of Her Life

23 Oct

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#276. Pip Hare is a lifelong professional sailor and a wonderfully inspiring person. Mia & I traveled to the south coast of England to meet Pip aboard her IMOCA 60 SUPER BIGOU, a ‘recycled’ Open 60 she is gearing up to campaign in the 2020 Vendee Globe Race. While we talked, her friends – including sailing speed record holder Paul Larsen – were on deck prepping the boat for upcoming Transat Jacque Vibre. Pip shared her life’s sailing story, from growing up in small cruising boats to sailing a ‘desk’ with the RNLI, that ultimately led her back into a ...

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#275: Lin Pardey // A Legendary Sailor

15 Oct

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#275. The legendary Lin Pardey is back on ON THE WIND! Way back in 2013 when I first started the show, Lin & Larry Pardey were episode #2. Six years and 273 episodes later, and Lin is back, live in person this time, to give us an update on her life and cruising plans. Sadly, Larry is no longer able to travel. Lin recently published the 3rd edition of her beloved ‘Self Sufficient Sailor’ book, and she explains today why that classic sailing tome got a modern update.


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#274: Max Campbell // Solo Small Boat AT-circut

8 Oct

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#274. Max Campbell left England shortly after his 20th birthday in a rebuilt 22-foot wooden sloop, bound for adventure. He set out, as many Europeans do, traveling for his gap year with no real plans and not a lot of money. When he friend jumped ship in Lisbon to follow his girlfriend, Max set his sights on a solo trans-Atlantic passage, aiming west for Grenada. When his diesel stove exploded, literally setting Max on fire, his passage changed dramatically, as did his outlook on the future. Max told us his story in London last week.


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#273: Lars Ström // The Nautor’s Swan ‘Professor’

30 Sep

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#273. Lars Ström is known as ‘The Professor’ of Nautor’s Swan. Now 80 years old and retired, Lars worked at the famed Nautor boatyard in Finland for nearly his entire career, and indeed during the period in the 1970s when ISBJORN, our S&S Swan 48, was built, AND also in the 1990s when ICEBEAR, oru Frers Swan 59 was built. Over the years since we first bought ISBJORN Lars has been a wonderful help to us in learning the boat, as he is to almost any Swan owner who reaches out to him. Mia & I talked to him in ...

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#272: Jeremy Davis // Passage Weather Debrief

13 Aug

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#272. Jeremy Davis, weather guru, comes on the show to debrief his passage from Lunenburg-Newfoundland on ICEBEAR. He shares what he learned as a forecaster, getting offshore for the first time.

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On The Wind is the evolution of 59º North, and is, quite simply, long-form conversations with sailors from around the world. ‘On the Wind’ Sailing Podcast is informal chats with people from around the world of sailing – tall ship captains, Cape Horners, sailing authors, Volvo Ocean Race skippers, yacht designers, family cruisers, Arctic adventurers and more. Our aim is to define what ...

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#271: John Harries Round 3 // Live Onboard ICEBEAR

5 Aug

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#271. John Harries, the founder of morganscloud.com, AKA ‘Attainable Adventure Cruising,’ and in my opinion the foremost authority on safe and simple ocean sailing boats & equipment. He’s an accomplished high latitudes sailor with over 150,000 miles under his keel. Mia and I met him for a round 3 on the podcast in Lunenburg harbor aboard Ice Bear.


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#270: Ben Shaw & Lauren Keane // ICEBEAR Crew & Living the Dream

17 Jul

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#270. Ben Shaw & Lauren Keane were recent crewmembers on ICEBEAR for the Annapolis to Lunenburg passage. Mia & I first met Ben’s parents, Sid & Rebecca, in 2011 in St. Pierre, as we were getting ready to sail ARCTURUS trans-Atlantic. Inspired by us, and with a career in radio production Ben recently started the ‘Out the Gate’ sailing podcast. I talked to him and Lauren about their goals to take their kids long-distance cruising and how they’re making that dream into reality.

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Charlie Doane // Sailing Journalism & The New Lunacy

4 Jul

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#269. Charlie Doane is a long-time Editor-at-large with SAIL Magazine, and a lifeline sailor. I’ve known Charlie for years, and FINALLY got to sit down for a long chat with him aboard his new Boreal 47 LUNACY in St. George’s harbor in Bermuda. Charlie told stories of his early days sailing a styrofoam boat he’d gotten in the mail by saving cigarette packs, the chance meeting that got him into sailing journalism, getting ship-wrecked in Africa and lots more.


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