On the Wind Sailing Podcast

Blaggards

16 Mar

You know that intro music you love from the podcast? It’s Blaggards! Andy spoke with lead singer and co-founder of the band, Patrick Devlin just in time for St. Paddy’s Day. Patrick’s story is a classic one of following your passion into a passable career, and he’s had remarkable success with it. Patrick talks about not drinking, starting a band, U2, growing up in Ireland, sadness in his family, touring and playing all-day shows on St. Paddy’s Day! Check out Blaggards music at blaggards.com or on Facebook.com/blaggards....

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Introducing ‘Isbjorn’

9 Mar

Buying a bigger boat and using it to take people across oceans has long been a dream of mine. I can’t pinpoint when exactly this happened, but it was probably in the mid-2000s when I was working on the schooner Woodwind in Annapolis. That was the first time I realized that it might be possible to have a career not in sailing, but as a sailor. 

So at Christmastime I did a yachtworld.com search, just for fun. I typed in ‘Swan’, set the length to 40-50 feet, and capped the price at $150,000.00. Mia and I had been able to ...

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Across the Atlantic…& Back! UPDATED WITH SLIDES!

3 Mar

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Andy’s seminar about sailing to Europe and back from the 2015 Toronto Boat Show in January. Recorded in front of a live audience! Newly updated with slides to follow along with the talk. See gallery below!

Episode includes Q&A at the end, tips on weather routing, northern versus southern routes to Europe, and how to get back!

Want to go ocean sailing with Andy? Book a berth on at 59-north.com/events....

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Offshore to the Bahamas

24 Feb

This week’s episode features another LIVE lecture from the Toronto International Boat Show about sailing offshore to the Bahamas! The tried and true route is down the ICW from the Chesapeake. But that takes weeks! Which ic great if you have the time to meander and enjoy the nice towns along the way.

But if you’re really keen to get to the islands and enjoy that time there, there’s a much faster way, and it’s in the ocean. In five days from Norfolk or Beaufort, you can be sipping rum and laying back in the Abacos! The focus of today’s ...

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Drew Hardesty

17 Feb

This one is for the sailors who are also skiers – Drew Hardesty is a forecaster with the Utah Avalanche Center. How does he relate to sailing? Drew is the definition of an outdoorsman, and the wilderness envrionment that is the backcountry in the mountains of Utah is strikingly similar, philosophically, to the wilderness that is the high seas, and both are blessed and cursed with the same adventure and the same problems.

Drew and Andy discuss his career as a rescue-climber and backcountry avalanche forecaster, as well as Drew’s ideas on how to manage the influx of people into ...

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