I am a sailing addict. I have watched, followed or listened to almost every Americas Cup Series and Volvo Ocean Race since 1987. The highs and lows of supporting the New Zealand Teams have been a rollercoaster ride over the years.
I am a 45 year old New Zealander that has lived in Australia for almost 10 years and I dream of returning to NZ for summer every year to live on a piece of Waiheke Island paradise in a place overlooking my beloved Hauraki Gulf.
After being a dinghy sailor for many years, I purchased a 1992 Beneteau 44.5 in 2011 and spent 2 summers cruising the top half of the North Island, before sailing her (Ocean Gem) across the Tasman in late 2013, with my 68 year old father as part of the crew, to where she is now based at the Southport Yacht Club (SYC) on the Gold Coast and raced regularly.
It was such a great experience that I wrote and published an iBook ‘Sailing the Tasman Sea’, so my Dad could keep a memory of our treasured trip together, forever. This was the first time in my life that I really understood the power of capturing and sharing stories. I am not a writer or journalist and my background has been in building and managing businesses.
I am a sailor and I love introducing new people to my love of all things sailing.
This year my Ocean Gem racing crew will compete in more than 100 races including the Sydney to Hobart for the first time. I think we are possibly the only 1992 Beneteau to ever get a carbon sail wardrobe and an IRC rating.
I have recently finished reading 'Peter Montgomery: The Voice of Yachting' by Bill Francis (2015) and ‘Australian Ocean Racing’, published in 1967 by Murray Davis and they are great chronicles of the birth of Ocean Racing in New Zealand and Australia, going back as far as 1907 with the first Melbourne to Tasmania Race. I have also been listening avidly to 130+ episodes of Andy Schell's 59 North Sailing Podcast over the past 12 months.
These books have again reinforced to me that there are so many untold sailing stories that need to be captured and shared or they risk being lost forever.
Its inspired me to launch my own sailing podcast series (similar to 59 North, but for the Southern Hemisphere), so I can capture and share these New Zealand and Australian ocean racing and sailing stories on a regular basis with armchair sailors, cruisers and racers across Australasia.
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The podcast is free to subscribe to and this is a not-for-profit enterprise, but if you value and enjoy the content, please considering becoming a Patron and helping ensure we can continue to develop and deliver great content.
The show takes me 10-15 hours of work to produce each 1 hour episode, in addition to the team I hire to manage transcribing each interview into show notes, gathering and publishing up to 60 photos with each episode, final content editing and publishing, podcast hosting and website updates. I currently publish 50,000 - 60,000 words per month and 200+ photos in addition to the weekly podcast episodes to create a richer content experience for my sailing audience.
After producing the first 10 weekly episodes, I have realised that this is more than just a part-time hobby and it needs ongoing funding, so that I can focus my time on constantly finding new and interesting people to interview and less time on the production process, through being able to hire additional part-time people to help me.
All funding from my Patrons will go towards producing high quality podcast audio, video, photo's and article content for the Ocean Sailing Podcast website, to make it a great resource for ocean sailors and racers. It will also help fund my ability to travel and capture the stories from sailors from other locations from time to time.
Funding will simply help me keep creating interesting and valuable sailing content that will remain freely available to my growing audience from 53 countries.
Become a Patron today from just USD $5 per month.
If you know of anyone whose story I can capture and share, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org