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Kika and Dan of Dadum studios

Episode 59 of The Sailing Podcast is with Kika and Dan from 'Sailing Uma'. They are currently in Fort Pierce, Florida preparing their 1976 Pearson 36' Uma for cruising. I contacted the Sailing Uma team after receiving a suggestion from one of my listeners, Doug, saying they were putting out some great videos on how their boat preparations were going.

Kika and Dan met while studying architecture and decided to choose a sailboat instead of an office. They share some of their goals during the interview, which include using their skills while underway to help people who may not have the means to afford an architect to help them with their project. Kika and Dan have a business named Dadum Studios and hope to operate from their yacht as they travel the world.

During the interview we hear about:

  • Electric engines versus diesel engines
  • Surprises in the holding tank
  • How they mastered fibreglass repairs on their keel

 

Sailing Uma

1976 Pearson 36'

I had subscribed to Kika and Dan's Sailing Uma channel on YouTube prior to talking to them. I must admit I hadn't spent the time looking at all their videos until listener, Doug, recommended I interview them for the podcast. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were sharing some of their boat repairs on YouTube.

During the interview it becomes apparent Kika and Dan have some prior experience in renovating and repairs. They have taken these skills across to their new passion - Uma - a 36 foot Pearson made in 1976. Prior to carrying out repairs the Sailing Uma team have done a lot of research using other YouTube information as well as using the Pearson owners forums. Taking all their research into account, they have painstakingly carried out repairs and taken the extra time to record the efforts. This is then edited down into short, informative lessons in boat repair. I say lessons as, although they are not attempting to pose as experts, they are taking the time to show enough detail to allow anyone to follow along with the repairs.

During the interview we discussed how they decided to purchase an ocean going yacht while actually searching for a lake boat. Sometimes great opportunities just present themselves. Kika and Dan admit they have limited sailing experience (although Dan has completed an ocean passage) and the process of repairing the yacht is a perfect starting point for learning about sailing.

You can follow along with the Sailing Uma team at the following places:

YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/sailinguma

Website - www.sailinguma.com

Facebook - www.facebook.com/SailingUma/

Instagram - @SailingUma #sailinguma Patreon - www.patreon.com/sailinguma

I would encourage you to visit the Patreon page and help support Kika and Dan in achieving their goals. Both with getting their travels underway and looking for opportunities to support people who don't have the means to engage an architect. As the interview with Kika and Dan progressed I came to understand what great people they are. Their motivation is to establish themselves with a sailing lifestyle and then use this as a platform to help others, who may not be able to afford professional help. Visit their Patreon page and help them meet their goals!

Learn to fibreglass

The topic of boat repairs will resonate with all yacht owners. One of the ways to keep your costs under control is to learn some of the basics of boat repair. Watching the Sailing Uma videos is a great way to either refresh your knowledge or start to understand how to carry out repairs. During the interview we heard about the possibility of exchanging a diesel engine for an electric engine. If you are interested in exploring this option, check out the Sailing Uma YouTube channel. Many people believe diesels are the ultimate choice for cruising yachts however there is an arguement to be made for electric motors. The main reasons are that diesel motors, while very reliable, are noisy and smelly. There is nothing like a diesel motor to add to feeling of seasickness in a seaway... With the innovations in solar electricity and batteries there is a new frontier of electric motors for yachts. The current marine manufacturers of electric motors have produced an extensive range of options but until the demand rises, costs are exorbitant. This is a simple equation of supply and demand. As electric motors become more popular, the costs will come down (see, I did learn something at school). In the meantime, there are other options.

Kika and Dan have done a lot of research and feel that a forklift electric motor may suit their purposes. Follow along with their posts and videos to see how this concept progresses. Another skill for all yacht owners to master is carrying out fibreglass repairs. Epoxy is a great substance although it can be daunting to work out how to mix and apply the product correctly. I enjoyed hearing how the Sailing Uma team tackled the challenge of carrying out fibreglass repairs on their keel and you can follow the whole process by watching the video below:  

 

 

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Episode 58 of The Sailing Podcast is with Jack Bouttell, who is currently on a trajectory towards sailing in the Vendee Globe. At 24 years old he has a few significant achievements under his belt, including winning the ‘bizuth’ division of the Solitaire Du Figaro in 2013, sailing on Dongfeng during winning a leg of the Volvo ocean race earlier this year, and then returning to the 2015 Solitaire Du Figaro and claiming a top 10 placing. One of Jack's advantages is having set his goals early in life. This included choosing to remain in England at the age of 17, while his family returned to Australia. His acceptance into the Artemis Offshore Academy provided the opportunity to train and compete in the Class Figaro - a world class training ground for solo sailors. During the interview we hear about:

  • The 52 hour test to enter the Artemis Offshore Academy
  • Winning a leg of the Volvo Ocean Race aboard Dongfeng
  • The challenges and lifestyle of a professional sailor

 

Jack Bouttell Racing

As a youngster Jack started sailing on the Gold Coast, QLD, where his father purchased a MG14 for $1000. A passion for sailing began to take root as Jack and his crew worked and raced the boat. At 14 years old the family moved to England where Jack continued to sail. His thoughts began to turn to the ultimate sailing challenge, solo racing, after he buried his head into sailing books such as:

  • Ocean Warriors by Rob Mundle
  • Taking on the World by Ellen Macarthur
  • Close to the Wind by Pete Goss

During this interview I asked Jack about what had contributed to his drive and determination to reach for goal such as sailing in the Vendee Globe. Having a father who previously raced at a world class level and a mother who supported his dreams has given him a great start in life.

The door into the solo sailing world came in the form of the Artemis Offshore Academy. Jack explained the goals of the academy - to put a British sailor onto the podium of the Vendee Globe. Acceptance into the Artemis Offshore Academy included a gruelling 52 hour entrance exam. The candidates had to self manage their activities, such as food and sleep, while completing a range of tasks. Physical and mental competence was measured at the beginning and end of the test.Once accepted Jack began to focus on the Solitaire Du Figaro.

In 2013 Jack Bouttell finished in a remarkable 21st place overall and won the rookie, or bizuth' division of the race. While he struggled to get to the line in the 2014 Solitaire Du Figaro, Jack still managed to remain competitive. Jack reflects that many valuable lessons were learnt in his 2014 campaign. This included the need to be in peak mental condition as well as physically prepared for the race. After the 2014 race he began work for the Dongfeng team, preparing for the 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race.

Jack Boutell turns 24 aboard Dongfeng

  Jack was given the opportunity to join the 3rd leg aboard Dongfeng in the Volvo Ocean race. With his duties as trimmer and helmsman, Jack was able to take part in a special event - the arrival of the Chinese Yacht into the Chinese port in first place. A great accomplishment for the young sailor to add to an already impressive resume of competitive sailing.

After securing a leg on the Volvos, Jack returned to Europe to once again focus on the Figaro race. Jacks preparations payed dividends. With improved financial resources and continuing support of the Artemis Offshore Academy he demonstrated his potential and placed 10th in the field. The current challenge for Jack Bouttell is the Jacques-Vabre Transat race. This is a 2 handed yacht race following the historic coffee route from France to Brazil. The start date is October 25 2015 and you can follow the progress of

Jack Bouttell Racing at www.facebook.com/jackbouttellracing.

The official website for the race is at http://www.transat-jacques-vabre.com. Here you will find updates on the event and team results.

 

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You can now also find The Sailing Podcast app in the Amazon App store and wherever Windows phone users go to find apps. This brings the app to 4 major app storefronts and allows me to add additional content directly to the podcast app so you can find links etc using PDF's provided with the episodes. If you get a chance to leave a review it would be appreciated.  

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