Episode 9: Dee Caffari, world record holder, Vendee Globe, and Volvo Ocean Racer; Contribute to the podcast on Patreon.

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If we get $20 per episode of pledges, I will make Slow Boat to the Bahamas free on Amazon’s worldwide sites for 1 day.  The list price for the eBook is $9.99.  Thus, by giving $20 you, can give something worth $10,000 to 1,001 sailors.  We have never given away the #1 Amazon sailing eBook bestseller Slow Boat to the Bahamas on Amazon. It is a funny look at going on the big trip with a four year old and a four pound dog.

This is just a sampling of Dee Caffari’s achievements under sail from her website:

“In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

Dee successfully completed the solo, non-stop Vendée Globe Race in 2009, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of an original fleet of 30 competitors. April 2011 saw Dee complete her third non-stop circumnavigation in the double-handed Barcelona World Race. In 2014, as part of Team SCA taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15, Dee secured the Round Britain and Ireland Speed Record for an all-female crewed monohull of 4 days 21 hrs 39 secs.”

We talk about the Hell On High Water TV charity drive, Team SCA, how average sailors can become a better racers, and sleeping strategies while solo sailing in ocean races.  Check out her great book, Against the Flow, available on audible about how she went from being a school teacher who had never sailed before to being the first woman in history to sail solo-nonstop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents.  It’s an inspiring story about following your dreams and an entertaining listen or read.

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Episode 8: Jessie of Katie and Jessie on a boat talks about cruising the Great Loop in her early 20s.

Photos by Jessie Zevalkink; Jessie rigging the boat.  Katie and Jessie dry off after a swim.

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Jessie Zevalkink talks about her travels in the Great Loop of the U.S. and Canada during 2013-2014.  She and her friend Katie Smith traveled in a 27-foot sailboat from Michigan to the Bahamas and back with Katie’s dog.  Check out their blog in http://katieandjessieonaboat.com/. The early twenty-somethings were like “aliens” in the cruiser community and were embraced up and down the ICW and featured on the front pages of Cruising Outpost. We talk about their working their way around the waterways of the U.S.A. and their travels in the nature coast of Florida and the Bahamas.

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Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon. Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my free newsletter at http://www.slowboatsailing.com for free books and boat repair and upgrade tips. Make a donation.

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Episode 7: Polynesian Navigation on Hokule’a with Kawika Crivello interviewed by Linus Wilson

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Hokulea

Photo credit: Kawika Crivello

In episode 7, I spoke to Kawika Crivello a crew member on the traditional sailing vessel Hokule’a.  Hokule’a is a two-masted double hulled canoe that is meant to be similar to traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes.  It is over 60′ long and has a crew of about a dozen at any one time.  Kawika has crewed on many parts of its current round the world voyage.  Hokule’a is 41 years old and is maintained by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.  Kawika was at anchor in the British Virgin Islands where the met with many locals including billionaire Richard Branson.  They may also visit with an American president in Cuba in a few days who hails from their home state of Hawaii.

We talk about traditional Polynesian navigation techniques and how to develop the correct mental attitude to going on a long ocean voyage.

Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon.

Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my newsletter. Make a donation

Episode 6: South Pacific Weather with Met Bob

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feet up after Carabelle storm

This podcast episode is only available as an album on iTunes for $1.99. Here is the link for the 55 minute episode for purchase on iTunes:

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Bob McDavitt has been forecasting weather in the South Pacific for forty years including providing weather advice for the New Zealand challengers in the America’s Cup and 16-year-old, round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson. He advised about 300 boats last season doing ocean passages in the South Pacific as well as runs a free weather newsletter/blog for over 20 years at http://weathergram.blogspot.com/.  His website is http://www.metbob.com/. He talks to the Slow Boat Sailing podcast about South Pacific weather patterns, the 1994 Pacific Storm, and Cyclone Watson.  He talks about how he helps sailors avoid the squally ITCZ.  In addition, he explains the El Nino warming of the South Pacific and argues that it will not be a factor in the 2016 South Pacific cruising season of April to November.  El Nino should disappear by April 2016.

Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. Write a review for How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas on Amazon or Goodreads. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my newsletter. Make a donation.

Episode 5: Cuba Bound with Wally Moran

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Wally Moran, the coauthor of the new cruising guide to Cuba’s north coast Cuba Boundtalked to me in episode 5. He talks about his sailing career in SV Gypsy Wind and the Sail to the Sun ICW rally that he organizes. Wally did not have an internet signal and was talking outside over a cell phone so the audio of the interview is not as good as for prior episodes and was not as good as it will be for future episodes. I also talk about the perils of taking a dog to the Cayman Islands. Many more great episodes are in the works keep listening and keep sailing!

Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. Write a review for How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas on Amazon or Goodreads. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my newsletter. Make a donation.