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Episode 61 of The Sailing Podcast is with Marc and Jen of www.loveatfirstsail.com. They took a 2 year sabbatical with their 3 children to go cruising and experience living aboard. During the hurricane season they travelled to Costa Rica and volunteered at a local orphanage to fulfill some of their goals as a family.

This conversation covered the value of setting goals. Marc and Jen shared how they followed through with some long-term plans to spend time travelling as a family. Having recently returned to land, we hear about their life has changed after cruising.

There are links below to some of the resources mentioned during the podcast. We covered a range of topics and Marc and Jen are happy to answer your questions if you would like to know more. Just visit them at www.loveatfirstsail.com.

During the interview we hear about:

  • Homeschooling while cruising and after
  • Whether to sell the family home
  • The value of sail training before you head off

 

Love at first sail

There were some very good lessons to take away from this interview with Marc and Jen. The topic of goal setting has come up recently in the interview with Jack Bouttell. Marc and Jen were very focused on achieving certain goals with their life and family. Part of the focus can be attributed to writing down their goals and looking at them every day because they were posted in the wardrobe.

I have a couple of suggestions of books to read about goal setting and how this helps to achieve success. The first is 'The Miracle Morning' by Hal Roth and the second is 'Life in Half a Second', by Matthew Michalewicz. Marc also mentioned during the podcast the well known book 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill. If you have any recommendations on resources or methods that helped you achieve your goals please share them in the comments below. If people are interested I will share how I put my Miracle Morning routine together and how it has helped me to focus more on my goals.

Homeschooling was another topic we heard about from Marc and Jen. The teaching side of things seemed to have been coordinated by Jen and during the interview she mentions a post on the Love at First Sail website. This post 'Boatschooling: What's it really like?' lays out their experiences and also the resources Jen found helpful for homeschooling on the yacht. The topic of homeschooling is a challenge for any family. Marc expressed how it was a major concern of his when they left to go sailing. It appears that everything turned out fine - actually it worked so well that Jen has continued with homeschooling after returning to land after their sailing adventure. If you have any questions regarding homeschooling just visit www.loveatfirstsail.com and use the contact details there to get in contact with Marc or Jen, who were happy to help anyone out there putting their own family sailing trip together. At the time of this recording the yacht 'Adagio', a 2005 Jeanneau Sun Oddessy 49, was on the market at Yachtworld and I found this great walk-though of the yacht on YouTube:  

 

 

During the interview we heard about how Marc and Jen found a lot of information for planning by joining groups on Facebook. Mentioned on the Resources Page at Love at First Sail is the group Kids4Sail , which offers information for the cruising families out there as well as those intending to go sailing. There is another Facebook group - Bahamas Cruising and Sailing, which I have been following along with lately. Do you know any other good Facebook groups about sailing? Post them to the comments below.  

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Episode 60 of The Sailing Podcast is with Carolyn Shearlock of www.theboatgalley.com. Carolyn agreed to do a Q & A podcast, answering questions that listeners had emailed in over the past couple of weeks.

Carolyn and her husband Dave have spent many years cruising on their monohull Que Tal, a Tayana 37' and are currently in Florida getting ready to head off again on their new boat, a Gemini 105M catamaran.

During the interview we hear Carolyn answer questions about:

  • Storing food when you have limited refrigeration
  • How to store your fresh fruit and vegetables aboard
  • Cooking fish and advice on pressure cookers

 

The Boat Galley

Carolyn has collected all her resources at www.theboatgalley.com. If there are questions you had that we were unable to cover in the podcast head to theboatgalley.com and use the search bar, in the top right hand corner, to see if there is an article on your topic. There is also the Boat Galley Cookbook available on Amazon. Many listeners, who submitted questions, praised the cookbook as a must-have for cruising sailors.

Marc Konesco from loveatfirstsail.com says 'Carolyn's book was a great reference for us and we got lots of information from her for our trip'.

Kelly from sailingchance.com says, 'I love the Boat Galley! Carolyn has been so incredibly helpful along my personal cruising and sailing journey'.

You can stay in contact with Carolyn at the following places:

Facebook - facebook.com/theboatgalley

Instagram - instagram.com/theboatgalley

The Boat Galley
Photo: Paz, cutest crew member ever

Some of the questions covered in the episode were:

Q - How to preserve food with limited refrigeration?

A - The trick is to make the best use of the refrigerator space you do have, by learning what doesn't need to be refrigerated and other items that don't need to be refrigerated until open, etc.

Q - From Ron A - who was a guest on the Medsailor podcast

How can you store items like eggs, cheese and butter without refrigeration?

A - Look for UHT (long life) milk to store in the boat. There are some great substitutes such as Nestle NIDOpowdered milk and many options for people who don't like milk, such as soy milk or rice milk out there.

Q - Oceantrader and Bruce had asked about storing and preserving eggs.

A - The only trick is that you need to get eggs that haven't been refrigerated – and in the US, it can be very hard to find them! Maybe look for a local farmer's market or find someone who raises their own chickens! Q - What is the best way to store various vegetables for long distance sailing?

A - Most fruits and vegetables can be kept anywhere from a few days to a month or longer without refrigeration. It begins when you buy the items: best if it's never been refrigerated and no bruises or blemishes

Q - Matt had asked - I have heard of people removing labels of cans, spraying produce with vinegar to avoid pests. Do you do this?

A - I dunk all the produce in a vinegar and water rinse when I first bring it aboard. I fill a good sized pot with a gallon or so of water, and then add maybe a quarter cup – 50 ml or so – of white vinegar. Swish things around well to get dirt and bugs off, then lay it out to dry. The vinegar also helps to prolong the life of the fruit and veggies – particularly soft foods like berries. Just make sure it's 100% dry before putting it away – this is really key for not having rotting food

Q - Anne had asked 'which types of vegetable/fruit can be kept together, and which should be separated for slower ripening and flavor encroachment?' A -Some foods have to be kept away from others and some need special care:

  • Citrus: wrap in foil
  • Onions and garlic – keep in dark but not with potatoes (potatoes sprout)
  • Potatoes – in dark
  • Tomatoes if unripe, keep in dark place; if ripe, use within two days

Lots more info on the specifics on the Boat Galley web site and in the cookbook

There were some questions we didn't have time to cover and I found some answers on Carolyn's website:

Q - Mike had asked 'What about sun ovens onboard?

A - http://theboatgalley.com/solar-ovens/

Q - Phillip asked 'Which is best type of stove? LPG, Kerosene, Alcohol?

A - http://theboatgalley.com/using-an-alcohol-stove/

http://theboatgalley.com/kerosene-stoves/

http://theboatgalley.com/propane-101/

Q - James had asked about recipes for Taro

A - No suggestions from Carolyn but James had found the following resource - http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/x5425e/x5425e01.htm

Q - Martin and Colin had asked about Herbs and Spices aboard

A - http://theboatgalley.com/fresh-herbs-spices-dried/

I found all the above answers by simply entering the term into the search bar at The Boat Galley. If you have any additional questions, try searching the website or write in the comments below.  

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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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Crossing the Atlantic by yacht

Episode 57 of The Sailing Podcast is with Riley and Elayna of Sailing La Vagabonde. The story of La Vagabonde started with Riley searching for a yacht to sail singlehanded, which led to finding La Vagabonde in Italy. From here he crossed paths with Elayna, who joined Riley to sail throughout Europe and across the Atlantic. Elayna began producing videos of the trip and posted them to YouTube for the entertainment of friends and then began to notice many others were starting to watch and share their videos. Their following quickly grew to 36,500 subscribers and their first video has over 600,000 views to date. In this episode we hear about: - How Riley found a yacht, sailing and Elayna - How Elayna began producing videos of the journey - How their audience is supporting them via Patreon.com

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This interview starts with a great story of how Riley began the search for a yacht and there are definitely a few lessons there for everyone. Starting with a marine surveyor is the first lesson, working hard and saving money is the second, and the power of the moustache (for attracting crew) is the third! Riley ended up finding a 2007 model 43' Beneteau Cyclades for around $100,000 and then spent some more getting it up to scratch. The boat was renamed La Vagabonde and Riley gave us some insight into this purchase process and lessons learned during the podcast. In addition you can find more information at their website - www.sailing-lavagabonde.com including access to an eBook with more detail on how it all came together.

Sailing La Vagabond

I came across Riley and Elayna through their YouTube channel - probably via a recommended link - and immediately became a huge fan. This has to do with the fact that they are Aussies, although it's also because of a certain humour and passion that comes through their videos. It seems I am not the only fan out there. As of late August 2015 they have a following of over 35,000 YouTube subscribers and the initial video has had over 600,000 views. Elayna is the video producer. It was interesting to hear during the interview how much time it takes to get them together. To produce a great video takes mountains of footage. I recall Elayna stating they try to shoot a couple of hours a day and then it takes another couple of days to sort through the footage and put it all together. The effort has certainly paid off and the production is a credit to Elayna, who has developed a style that keeps the viewer's attention using short clips and capturing beautiful images of their sailing adventure. At the same time Elayna has managed to capture a snippet of the Aussie sense of humour - assisted by the star performer/captain, Riley. The dry humour and optimist outlook on the journey of discovery and learning to sail allows the watcher to empathise and not feel like an outsider.

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The interview explored how the website Patreon has provided a means for the audience of Sailing La Vagabonde to support them. Patreon is a sort of crowd-sourcing website, like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, where Patrons can support artists in creating their work. For Elayna and Riley the patrons donate an amount per video they produce, thereby offering the La Vagabonde team more opportunity to continue with their travels and share it with the audience. If you would like to check out Sailing La Vagabonde on Patreon visit www.patreon.com/LaVagabonde Here are some other places to find Sailing La Vagabonde: The Sailing La Vagabonde website - www.sailing-lavagabonde.com

  • Sign up to the newsletter and receive a copy of their eBook
  • Find out more about Elayna's upcoming album

The Sailing La Vagabonde facebook page - www.facebook.com/SailingLaVagabonde Elayna's instagram account - https://instagram.com/elayna__c/

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Tightwads on the Loose

Episode 56 of The Sailing Podcast is with Wendy Hinman, author of Tightwads on the Loose. Wendy and her husband, Garth, bought a 31’ yacht, which fitted their budget better than Garth’s large frame. While visiting 19 countries and sailing over 34,000 miles, they learned life aboard is about living simply and adventurously. I spoke to Wendy after a glowing recommendation from Tom, who was reading Wendy's book and could see she had great stories and advice to share about cruising on a budget and following a dream. In this episode we hear about:

  • How much they spent on their yacht
  • How they financed their travels with renting our their house
  • How they dealt with problems such as an electrical meltdown

Wendy Hinman, author of Tightwads on the Loose

I contacted Wendy Hinman after a listener Tom wrote to me saying:

I have been reading Wendy Hinman's great book, "Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey" and I think she'd be a great guest on your show. 

Wendy seems like she has all the elements that you like to highlight in your podcasts: a great adventure story, lots of detailed advice on how to cruise, and many entertaining stories. She's back from her 7-year trip with her husband, and now they're building their new dream boat to go out again, so I'm sure there's some interesting stories there that haven't been told yet. I sure would like to hear more about them and their plans. Can you try to see if you can get her on your podcast? You have a wonderful knack of drawing out such great stories!

Well thanks Tom, for the great suggestion and you were 100% correct and Wendy did have some great stories to share.

31 foot cutter

Their yacht, Velella, is a Tom Wylie designed 31 foot cutter rigged light displacement cruiser. Wendy and Garth had been spending time racing on yachts however when it came to choosing a cruising yacht they found Velella, a cold molded wooden yacht, met their cruising needs as well as their budget despite Garth spending much time stooped within it's small confines.

The high topsides provide shelter from waves as opposed to the low profile yachts they were used to racing on. The yacht is cold molded and this type of construction provides strength and great insulation.

The frames are constructed of timber and strip planked with a layer of fibreglass is sheathed over the timber to provide a watertight hull and protection for the timber. Previous guests, Ian and Michelle of SV Raku also had a cold molded yacht, which they built themselves.

It is a popular construction method and one to consider if building your own yacht. You can find more information about Wendy Hinman at her website, the facebook page, and there is plenty of great cruising information at the blog from their journey. Check out the following pages:

Wendy Hinman website - www.wendyhinman.com

Wendy Hinman facebook page - www.facebook.com/wendy.hinman.7

Velella's Adventures in Waterworld blog - http://yachtvelella.blogspot.com

Here is another interview with Wendy, recorded at the 2012 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. I viewed this interview prior to talking to Wendy and it covers much of the story and I believe there is another follow up interview with 'Digital Reporter' on YouTube as well  

 

During this interview Wendy and I spoke about catching up down the track to discuss some further cruising topics as Wendy has been presenting information in articles and at boat shows. This will be a great follow up to the email survey I carried out with listeners of the podcast. If you have any comments please enter them into the comments section below.  

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66 Days Adrift

Episode 55 of The Sailing Podcast is with Bill Butler who shared his story of being attacked by pilot whales and shipwrecked in his book 66 Days Adrift: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea Bill and his wife spent 66 days in a life raft after their yacht was attacked by pilot whales while sailing from Panama to Hawaii. Bill has many ‘tall but true tales’ including being caught in a typhoon off Manila bay with his wife and children, which we also hear about during the interview. Bill Butler, at 86 years old, is an amazing story teller and has some advice for sailors, after watching over 40 boats pass them while adrift in the life raft.

In this episode we hear about:

  • Changes in the relationship between Cuba and the USA
  • Why you might want more than 3 flares with you on a life raft
  • How a desalinator saved their lives while 66 days adrift

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Bill Butler’s Tall but True Tales

66 days adrift

I heard from Bill after sending out an email to the listeners of the podcast. If you are not on our email list please subscribe using this link - www.thesailingpodcast.com/contact-us.

Bill has lived right through the collapse of relationships between Cuba and the USA, having been born in Cuba and spent his childhood living in Cuba. Bill shares some of his insights into the current changes and brings up an interesting point - how the improvement in the relationship may be detrimental to some of the other tourist destinations, such as Puerto Rico, where Bill lives.

The book with the story of Bill’s time aboard the life raft is called 66 Days Adrift: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea and you can find it on Amazon using the link above.

There is an earlier version, which appears to be mainly the log of the time aboard the life raft called Our Last Chance: Sixty-Six Deadly Days Adrift. You might find a secondhand copy of the book using this link More recently Bill has written a memoir of his lifetime of sailing in another book called BILL BUTLER'S TALL but TRUE TALES.

Bill also takes during the interview about the experience of being caught in a typhoon off Manila Bay with his wife and children. I was surprised to hear that the family continued to enjoy sailing after such a terrifying experience.

Bill mentioned there are a couple of letters written at the time by his wife and his daughter.

The links to these letters are as follows: - link to Bill's wife's letter - link to other letters These letters are found on Bill Butler’s website at www.wbutler.com and there is some more information on Bill’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WilliamAButlersWildAdventures

I actually have an interesting collection of sailing survival stories and here are some of the stories I have collected about being shipwrecked or survival in a life raft:

Survive the Savage Sea: by Dougal Robertson

Adrift, 76 days adrift: by Steven Callahan

Shipwreck on Middleton Reef: by Bill Belcher

The Spirit of Rose-Noelle, 119 days adrift, a survival story: by John Glennie and Jane Phare

 

Bill Butler - 66 Days Adrift

Here is some footage from just after the couple were rescued after 66 days adrift:

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Peter HeilbergEpisode 54 of The Sailing Podcast is with Peter Heiberg who shares his stories about a life at sea in his book Lee Shore Blues: Sex, Drugs and Bluewater Sailing Peter restored a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter and owned it for 35 years. After working as a commercial skipper for many years he entered the world of single-handed yacht racing. Peter competed in the a race he describes as ‘the bug light for weirdos’. He is referring to the Transpac race from San Francisco to Hawaii. Peter was first to finish in 2014, despite admitting to reading 'a dozen or so' books while underway. This voyage was in a PJ50 aluminum yacht called Scaramouche, which sits outside his home in Gibson, near Vancouver, BC. In this episode we hear about:

  • The book Lee Shore Blues
  • What a real Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter is
  • Sailing Carlotta from England to Canada via Panama and Hawaii
  • Meeting the Hiscocks and Jimmy Buffet
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Lee Shore Blues: Sex, Drugs and Bluewater Sailing

I was sent a copy of Peter Heiberg’s book to read before I interviewed Peter. I found it was a delight to read with a great mix of stories, which always looked at life with a ‘glass half full’ drop of humour. The chapters read like a set of short stories, letting the reader fit in a couple of stories whenever it suits.

Peter Helberg explained during the interview how his book started as a collection of stories to share with his children. I am really glad he decided to self-publish Lee Shore Blues so that we could all enjoy a few stories about a lifetime spent at sea.

 

We chatted mainly about the sailing side of things although the book Lee Shore Blues includes many other stories of Peter's time as a commercial skipper of many vessels, from fishing boats to cruise ships.   Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter CarlottaThe early part of the story begins with how Peter ended up in England. This then leads to finding Carlotta, a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter he restored. Peter said he always looked back as he rowed away from Carlotta and thought it was a beautiful boat.

The relationship between Peter and Carlotta lasted over 35 years and included travelling from England to St Barths. The trip across the Atlantic had a couple of false starts, as the ocean quickly taught a younger Peter how changeable the Bay of Biscay can be.

You can find a detailed history of the SV Carlotta at the current owners website - http://www.pilotcutter.ca/ or on the boat's own Facebook page! Here is a YouTube video I found of Carlotta shot in 1965 (The year I was born. BTW, that makes me 50 one week ago).

During the second part of the conversation we hear about Peter's next yacht, Scaramouche V, a PJ50 and how he decided to explore the world of yacht racing. Even Peter admits this was a reckless endevour for someone with a 'union job' and a limited budget.

He even went so far as to compete in the Transpac, a single-handed race from San Francisco to Hawaii, gaining the Jack London Trophy for being first to finish (as opposed to finishing first). Here is a clip from the video diary Peter created on YouTube about the trip:  

Sailing Books you should read

Peter has included his library in the appendix of the book and we talked briefly about a couple of books in his collection. In particular, I had asked Peter about meeting Eric and Susan Hiscock.

Peter pointed out the 2 wonderful books written by the Hiscocks, which encapsulate all the coastal and world cruising knowledge a sailor should have. These are links to the books by Eric Hiscock on Amazon.com

Cruising Under Sail - this copy appears to incorporate voyaging under sail and has 251 Photographs and 102 Diagrams

or you can find the original book on Amazon - Voyaging Under Sail

In a follow up to the last episode with Yves Gelinas, I was corresponding with Don Peebles and he recommended another great sailing movie - Beyond the Western Horizon, a movie made by Eric Hiscock about their journeys in the early 1950s.  

 

I think there is a remastered copy at The Sailing Channel and I am not sure if this copy is legitimate so take the chance to catch it before someone complains!

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Episode 53 of The Sailing Podcast is with Yves Gelinas talking about the re-release of his classic sailing movie ‘With Jean-du-Sud Around the world’ in High Definition (HD). The movie won several awards when it was released and remains one of the best sailing movies of all time.

Yves Gelinas is also well known in the yachting fraternity at being the brains behind the Cape Horn windvane, a self-steering device he designed to meet his needs while sailing solo. All of this is well documented at Yves website – www.capehorn.com

In this episode we hear about:

  • Being dismasted in the Southern Ocean
  • How sailing is a work of art
  • The Cape Horn windvane versus auto-pilots
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 With Jean-Du-Sud around the world trailer

 

Cape Horn Windvanes

Cape Horn Windvane

The impetus for this interview with Yves Gelinas was the release of his movie in HD after work carried out by Don Peebles. The original movie was shot using the technology of the time, 16mm film with sinc sound. Yves explains the challenges this involved, including having only a limited supply of film reels to use due to the low budget he was operating on. The HD version of the movie is available for purchase as a DVD or via download from the Vimeo website. Here is how to get a copy:  

The movie comes in an English version as well as the original version in French. I did talk to Yves about why there was only a French version of the book he wrote - ‘Jean Du Sud et l’Oizo-Magick’. He still has the last few copies available to buy and explained how flying the Quebec flag caused difficulties with the English speaking members of the media industry. This led to his English version of the film being broadcast much later than the French version. It was also given a poor time-slot and had to be edited down to a much smaller film.

 

 

 

 

“It was the boat that chose me”

Yves Gelinas

The popularity of the movie of circumnavigating the world solo is because Yves viewed sailing as a work of art. He looked at the journey as an artist and director, which led to scenes that capture the moments of the voyage that we, as viewer, can relate to.

Some ingenious filming techniques included creating a helmet cam and filming the yacht sailing from a kite camera. This was back in 1981, well before the Go-Pro became popular. Maybe he would have retired by now if he stuck with the helmet camera industry?

Links to Yves stuff:

 

I have another interview recorded with Peter Heiberg about his self-published book:

Lee Shore Blues: Sex, Drugs and Bluewater Sailing

I really like the description on the cover of the book, which reads: “Snapshots from a life at sea, from sailing pilot cutters to cruise ship captain, from commercial fisherman to single-handed ocean racing”

His story includes owning a real Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter built in 1899 – Peter owned the cutter for over 30 years and I say a real channel cutter, because Peter teaches me a little about the difference between his yacht and the Lyle Hess designs, which were featured in the interviews with Lin Pardey and Franz Amussen. Keep your eye out for this episode coming out.

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Franz Amussen

Episode 52 of The Sailing Podcast is with Franz Amussen about Sailing in the Mediterranean. Franz decided to build a Bristol Channel Cutter after being inspired by Lin and Larry Pardey and their stories of adventure in Seraffyn.

Franz built his Lyle Hess design in his backyard and, after spending some time in the San Juan Islands, he sailed over the to Mediterranean and has spent the last 17 years travelling back and forth for Mediterranean sailing adventures. In this episode we hear about:

  • Racing on the Great Salt Lake in Utah
  • Crossing the North Atlantic in a storm
  • The Sailing in the Mediterranean podcast

Sailing in the Mediterranean

One of the things that stood out for me during this interview, apart from all the great advice on the Med, was how Franz has been able to spend so much time sailing. Instead of having to give up his home, his work and his lifestyle Franz has managed to enjoy extended trips sailing while still having a home and a job to return to. He has probably fitted in as much sailing over the past 17 years as anyone who has taken a world cruise.

In a great segue from the last episode with Lin Pardey, Franz describes how he had a hull and deck built by Lyle Hess and delivered to his back yard in Salt Lake City. The Pardey stories of adventures in Seraffyn led Franz to decide on the Bristol Channel Cutter design and I am sure Franz mentioned Larry coming to see his project at some stage.

The books about Seraffyn include:

Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure

Cruising in Seraffyn

Seraffyn's European Adventure

We also heard about another Bristol Channel Cutter in Episode 20 with Justin and Linda Tyers about the book Phoenix from the Ashes: The prettiest boat you've ever seen

Franz also has a sailing podcast called ‘Sailing in the Mediterranean’, which you can find in iTunes or download from his website at www.medsailor.com.

Another interesting thing Franz has done is create a set of audio lessons for people needing to get a basic sailboat certification. Some people get this to allow them to charter yachts while overseas. You can check out his course using these link:

Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam, Vol. 1 Of 3 - Franz Amussen

Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam, Vol. 1 Of 2 - Franz Amussen

Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam Vol 1 Of 3 - Franz Amussen

We also spent some time discussing how to ship your yacht to other places. The interview I did with Sevenstar Yacht Transport was back in Episode 46. Franz also suggested just going boat shopping in the Mediterranean instead of shipping your yacht and I bet there are plenty of yacht to find.

This week I have begun to listen to the audiobook about the adventures of Lin and Larry Pardey. I think it is a fascinating story and the audiobook is really well produced. Don't forget I have a promotion to offer from Audible that will let you get one free credit to download a book on Audible by trialing their monthly plan. You could use it to try out a copy of the biography - As Long as it's Fun.

Just go to www.thesailingpodcast.com/free and this will redirect you to the Audible Trial Website. You can get a free audiobook by trialing their monthly plan. Even if you decide to cancel before your 30 day trial ends, you get to keep the audiobook.

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