Podcast Interview with Andy Schell from 59-North

“What follows was one of the more fun-loving and honest interviews I’ve done in a while.”  Those are Andy’s words and they mean the world to me.  I am honored to be able to share this with you all, my podcast interview with Andy Schell from 59-North.com.  I had been talking with Andy off and on for a little over a year about the two of us potentially teaming up on a joint project to create something both of our audiences would enjoy and Andy had the great idea to get the exclusive post trans-Atlantic interview from me.  If Andy Schell asks, you say “yes” I can assure you, and so I did.  And here it is: an intimate conversation with Andy Schell about my first ocean crossing.  Please leave a review on iTunes to help Andy’s insightful conversations reach more sailors and share on Facebook as well.  I hope you enjoy the interview.

On the Wind Podcast Ep. 165: Annie Dike


Show Notes

Annie Dike is a reformed lawyer-turned-sailor – that is, she left the profession in her early 30s to pursue a more passionate life. Her and her partner Philip sail a Niagara 35 on the west coast of Florida, and they recently crossed the Atlantic to France on a high-tech Catamaran. Annie & I discussed how she left the lawyer world behind, what the Atlantic crossing was like for a first-time ocean sailor, her various movie projects, her friendship with Pam Wall & her passion for helping others pursue the cruising lifestyle.

Annie Dike is a truly interesting & inspiring character, and what follows was one of the more fun-loving and honest interviews I’ve done in a while. Annie has an infectious personality, and has been using her lawyer-like work ethic to offer cruising opportunities to other aspiring sailors. Mia & I recently teamed up with Annie to offer one of our offshore passages aboard Isbjorn to one of her fans – check out Annie’s Patreon page on patreon.com/havewindwilltravel for details.

Topics Discussed in the Podcast

  • Annie’s movie Trans-At on a Fast Cat Movie is for rent on YouTube
  • Patreon – Get inspired. Get on board. 
  • What is like to change your profession to your passion in life
  • Annie was a Medical Malpractice defense lawyer
  • Mr. Money Mustache is a website & lifestyle blog for managing/ investing your money
  • Realizing how similar other personalities are to yourself when offshore
  • How important “situational awareness” is when sailing
  • How important it is to be resourceful at sea
  • Weather Fax – How to get maps & pressure maps when out at sea
  • Why having a weather router is helpful when crossing oceans
  • DeLorme for sailing and rigging advice
  • OCENS Satellite Files for GRIB files
  • Regatta in the Bahamas
  • What it feels like to hand steer for long periods offshore
  • The culture of sailing to the Azores 
  • If your shrouds are vibrating it can eventually compromise your rig
  • “If you want to go, then go. Things are always going to break” – Annie Dike
  • Description of Ocean Sailing – “The minutes and hours pass slowly, but the days pass quickly” – Tom Herrington

 People & Books Discussed in the Podcast

Also, remember Andy and I have teamed up to offer one of YOU a chance to join Andy & Mia on one of their incredible offshore adventures.  Become a Patron, read Andy’s offshore voyaging FAQs on his website and email me for a chance to win!


Exclusive with Andy Schell from 59-North!

Wow, this is REALLY exciting news!  I reached out to Andy Schell a while back, mostly to say how much Phillip and I appreciate what he does and the stories and lessons learned that he shares through his podcasts at 59-North.com.  Some of the conversations Andy has had with sailors are the most candid, revealing exchanges I have heard on any sailing podcast or platform.

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When Andy finally made his way back to the Keys after his sail to CUBA, he wrote me back and magic happened.  First, let me say how surprising it was to see his name in my inbox.  If you’re a Star Wars fan, it would be like getting a direct email from George Lucas.  Whoa. We talked about doing a potential interview and Andy said something to me that definitely stuck:

“I want to share the stories that have not yet been told.”

And he does.  While Andy speaks with many well-known sailors, Pam Wall, John Kretschmer and the like, he also speaks to many not-so-well-known sailors, folks you have never heard of and have no idea what their sailing experience is.  Why?  Because he senses a story there, some intimate experience with the wisdom of the high seas, and he seeks to share that with his followers at 59-North.  For this reason, Andy asked me for something I hadn’t yet considered.  The writer in me knew this crossing would definitely provide a story not yet written, but Andy was also wise enough to see a story not yet told, which is why he asked for an exclusive.  I am honored, humbled and excited to tell you he got it!  While it may take a little time for Andy to record and produce it, the first place you will hear my trans-atlantic story will be with Andy Schell at 59-North.com.

You know as soon as the interview goes live, I will share the link to listen to it here.  I can only imagine the lessons I will be learning (perhaps right now!) and the stories I will be savoring while we are out there sailing 4,000 nautical miles to France.  Andy, you better have a big blank tape ready for this one!

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