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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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.

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Episode 6: South Pacific Weather with Met Bob

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feet up after Carabelle storm

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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.

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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!

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Episode 4: Slow Boat Sailing podcast, Addison Chan in Cuba part 1

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I talk to Addison Chan who was in Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba.  Addison Chan sails with his wife of 38 years Patricia on their 1999 Catalina 42 MK II, Threepenny Opera.  He has circumnavigated Cuba and has traveled by land and sea through each of Cuba’s fifteen provinces.  His pictures have been featured in the Cruising Guide to Cuba,Volume 1 by Captain Cheryl Barr and many other cruising publications.  In this first part of my interview, Addison talks about communications in Cuba and his early cruising in 2008 and why he first visited Cuba in 2011.  It was for the food!

I talk about the recent changes to the emergency declaration with respect to Cuba and conclude that it probably does not reduce the hoops that American boaters must go through to sail legally to Cuba.  I also update the listeners on some of my recent boat projects.

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How to Sail the World Part-Time (Album) is on CD Baby!

Thanks to Gustaff for recommending CD Baby for the Album distribution.  Hopefully, it will be up on iTunes soon.  The price on CD Baby and iTunes is and will be $4.99.  We are still running the $.99 sale for the audio version of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time on GumroadAlbum Cover 2-10-16.  Get it while it is less than a buck!

Episode 3: Slow Boat Sailing podcast, part 2 of Tate McDaniel of Sundowner Sails Again

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Towing Walker Bay.

This is the second half of the interview with Tate McDaniel of Sundowner Sails Again blog and YouTube channel.  He talks about sailing his boat from Isla Mujeres, Mexico to the remote island of Providencia, Columbia and then to the San Blas Islands in Panama.  He discusses why El Nino and cheap gas convinced him 2016 was the year to pause his around the world quest and RV across America before rejoining his 32′ Westsail sailboat in Panama to sail the South Pacific in 2017.

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Episode 2: Slow Boat Sailing Podcast, Sundowner Sails Again, Tate McDaniel, Part 1

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Tate McDaniel of the Sundowner Sails Again blog and uTube channel talked to me over the weekend.  This episode looks at getting his boat, a Westsail 32′ named Sundowner, ready for a round the world trip.  This covers the first half of his trip in 2015, crossing the Gulf of Mexico from New Orleans to Key West.  He discusses his travels in Cuba and his trip to and time in Isla Mujeres with his wife Dani.  In the next episode, he discusses his trip to Provedencia, the San Blas Islands in Panama, and why gas prices and El Nino make 2016 a good year to go RVing.

I also talk about the current changing state of Cuba and my experience with the application process.  I talk about why Coast Guard permits to sail to Cuba may become a thing of the past in a week based on my conversations with senior Coast Guard officials.

USCG Cuba regs 12-11-15

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Podcast Episode 1: Intro and How to Sail Around the World Part-Time

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Slow Boat to the Bahamas has been a #1 bestseller in sailing eBooks and Bahamas Travel Guides on Amazon.  It is a funny look at getting ready for and going on the big trip with a 4-year old and 4-pound dog.  Get a copy at Amazon.

My new book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time launches on February 16, 2016, and the eBook will be FREE from February 16-18, 2016, on Amazon.  You can buy the full audiobook at Gumroad.  Both books have been always FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

I hope to have many more podcasts talking about my family’s and other sailor’s adventures in the coming months

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