On the Wind Sailing Podcast

#258: David Hows // Ocean Sailing Podcast Host

8 Mar


#258 David Hows is the host of the Ocean Sailing Podcast. He sails his own Beneteau 44.5 “Ocean Gem” and has raced it extensively between Australia and New Zealand. He has now crossed the Tasman Sea three times, two of those single handed. David interviewed Andy for his podcast – they spoke of the podcasting business, filming and photography, and the anxiety that comes with running a boat offshore


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#257: Alvah Simon // Happier at Sea

26 Feb

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#257. Alvah Simon is best known for his extraordinary voyage to the Arctic that he documented in ‘North to the Night,’ a highly philosophical, almost spiritual book about his over-wintering in the Canadian Arctic, alone, on his steel sloop, the ROGER HENRY, frozen in the ice. Alvah and I, of course, discussed this adventure, but today’s show really covers his whole career and touches heavily on his personal philosophy, not just with sailing, but life in general. Alvah is one of those rare humans who really seems to have it figured out. He’s a sailor’s sailor, happier at sea than ...

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August Sandberg // Norwegian Sailor and Filmmaker

21 Feb


#256: August Sandberg is a young Norwegian sailor and filmmaker. After being inspired at a young age by the Norwegian sailing greats, he bought a boat with his friend and sailed it across the Atlantic and down to Panama. He now works as a teacher, professional filmmaker and sailor. Andy caught up with him at his home on the west coast of Norway...

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Oda Pedersen Taule // Single-Handed Sailor

31 Jan


#256: Oda Pedersen Taule is a 20-something Norwegian sailor who set out single-handed on her little sloop SNUPPA, bound for Australia. Self-taught at ocean sailing, Oda learned the hard way, getting badly beaten up on her first Bay of Biscay crossing, even needing to call the coast guard for help, and tearfully sharing some emotional moments with the crew who came to her rescue. The experience didn’t discourage her though – on the contrary. Oda & I met in Bergen in December to record the podcast in person, and despite her youth, I discovered that Oda is wise beyond her ...

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#254: Simon Borjeson Returns // ISBJORN’s New Skipper

15 Jan

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#254: Simon Borjeson returns to the podcast as ISBJORN’s new skipper for the first few two-boat passages later this year. Simon & I became friends when we met during the ARC Europe rally a few years back, and bonded on our love of sailing, skiing and endurance sports. Back then he was sailing his dad’s X-42 EUPHORIA across the Atlantic, while simultaneously training for the 70km OtillO Swimrun World Championships. Simon came out to the farm in Sweden in December for a weekend of planning, and we sat down to discuss his love of sailing & adventure, the cutting-edge foiling ...

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#253: Jessie Z & Luke Y Return // Trans-At Stories

7 Jan

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#253: Jessie Zevalnkink & Luke Yeates were on the podcast back in October 2017, right after they’d crossed the Atlantic in their 37′ yawl DESIREE. Mia & I caught up with them in person aboard their boat in Lagos, Portugal, as we were getting ISBJORN ready to cross the Atlantic. We sat in their cockpit as the sun went down, hearing stories of their dramatic knockdown off Cape St. Vincent, their 6 weeks rebuilding their rudder here in Lagos, life as a married couple and what their future plans are as sailors. Jessie is a professional portrait photographer and also ...

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#252: Haakon Vatle // Storm Weather Shanty Choir

1 Jan

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#252: Haakon Vatle has, as far as we can tell, the world’s ONLY master’s degree in sea shanties. He’s the founder and leader of the Storm Weather Shanty Choir, who fans of the show will know as the group of Norwegian musicians who have mastered the art of the modern sea shanty. And Haakon is a REAL sailor – he’s heavily involved with Norway’s tallship Statsraad Lehmkul and has sailed her trans-Atlantic 4 times, practicing his shanties in real life aboard the ship. I traveled to Bergen to meet Haakon for this interview and to see the Shanty Choir live....

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#251: Rachel Slade // ‘Into the Raging Sea’ Author

11 Dec

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#251. Rachel Slade is the acclaimed author of ‘Into the Raging Sea,’ the heartbreaking account of the sinking of the American merchant ship ‘El Faro.’ With a degree in political science from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Rachel began her journalism career as the design editor at Boston magazine and moved up the masthead to executive editor. After a decade on staff, she became a full-time freelance writer in 2016. Incredibly, ‘Into the Raging Sea’ is her first book. Rachel & I discussed her background growing up on the water, her interest in ...

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#250 Matt Rutherford & Randall Reeves // Figure 8 Voyage, 2nd Attempt

3 Dec


#250: Matt Rutherford and Randall Reeves are both veterans of the podcast and extremely accomplished single-handed ocean sailors. In today’s special episode, Matt guest-hosts the show to talk to Randall about his latest attempt at the ‘Figure 8’ voyage, his plan to sail solo and nonstop around the America’s AND Antarctica. Randall was on the show with me just before his first attempt, which failed when he suffered a serious knockdown, blowing out the windows in his boat’s wheelhouse. At the time of this recording with Matt, Randall was set to depart San Francisco on his second attempt the very

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#249: Herb McCormick // Cruising World Editor-at-Large

19 Nov

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#249. Herb McCormick has made a career of writing about sailing, but it wasn’t entirely on purpose. A fifth-generation Newport, Rhode Island native, Herb didn’t even know that sailing was a thing at all until a chance meeting in his 20’s. After vagabonding around for a while, he wound up with a low-level job at Cruising World during the heyday of sailing magazines, and slowly started working his way up, of course eventually becoming Editor. Herb has seen it all in sailing, from the racing and cruising scene to an epic 13-month Around the America’s expedition on the 64-foot steel ...

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