Interview with Captain Yannick from Our Atlantic-Crossing

Ahoy crew!  A real treat for you here.  An interview with our very own Captain Yannick from our Atlantic-crossing on a 46′ catamaran in June of 2016.  After all of the photos, stories, blog posts, even a two-hour movie that I have produced talking about our ocean-crossing, Yannick said he needed to “set the record straight.”  Ha!  He was really happy to do this interview, though, as it was an incredible adventure, such a learning process and an eye-opening experience, it’s definitely worth talking about.  Yannick is also a very interesting, multifaceted guy with a lot of great insight and perspective and he shares a lot in this discussion about his boat-shopping process, recovering from the lightning strike and his thoughts and preparation for an ocean-crossing.  Thank Jeffrey Wetting with Shooting the Breeze Podcast for putting this together by leaving him a review on iTunes.  I hope you enjoy the interview.



Many thanks to Yannick again for letting Phillip and I and the infamous Johnny Walker join him for a life-changing, challenging, fulfilling voyage across the ocean.  It brought back many memories hearing his French accent talking about our trip.  We miss you Yannick!


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  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 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!


Q&A about the Atlantic-Crossing

Hey there HaveWind followers!  As you may have seen on Patreon on Facebook, Phillip and I recently hosted a Skype Q&A session with Patrons who had watched the movie from our Atlantic-crossing and had some questions about the boat, maintenance, provisioning, things that frightened us, things we learned, etc.  While it is not a perfect recording (this was my first time hosting a group Skype) there are some great segments in here, primarily from Phillip, where we share our thoughts, lessons learned and experience from our first ocean-crossing aboard a catamaran.  I thought you all might get a kick out of it.  Yes, a kick.  Enjoy!


Adventure Sports Podcast Interview #2

I might have told a story of losing my bikini top while kite-surfing …  Pretty sure I did.


It’s almost impossible to control the things that will fly out of my mouth.  Second interview with Travis Parsons on the Adventure Sports Podcast brought to you by 180 Tack.  A lot of fun stories in here for you kids talking about sailing, kite-surfing, Keys to the Kingdom and my gift of cruising campaign.  Enjoy!






Shooting the Breeze Podcast Interview

Another interview?  You’d think I would have run out of things to talk about.  But, Jeffrey Wettig with Shooting the Breeze Podcast by definitely hit me with some very interesting questions that made me think twice.  One was whether I had always had a dream to cast off and cruise or whether it was a newly-discovered desire during my adult years.  I found it hard to say, really.  In my childhood days in the flats of New Mexico I would have imagined myself riding off on Star Bright’s rocking rainbow pony and starting a Dude Ranch.  Doesn’t quite look like cruising, but maybe there’s a common vibe there in that I was drawn toward breaking away from the norm.

Jeffrey also got me talking about what I worried about in writing Keys to the Kingdom which was an interesting conversation.  I often wonder whether perhaps I’m too young and inexperienced in life to try and inspire people to consider cruising but the drive to share this lifestyle with folks always takes over and I just put it out there anyway.  There will always be people who don’t like what you do no matter what you do.  It has touched me to hear from even just the handful of people who have reached out to me and told me what an impact Keys had on their lives and outlook.  That, in my book (no pun intended), is the ultimate measure of success, so thank you all for the continued support and encouragement.

Overall, I had a great time chatting with Jeffrey and discussing some of the more unspoken elements of my writing and lifestyle change.  I hope you enjoy it.  Big thanks to Jeffrey, again, for reaching out to me and putting this together!

CLICK TO LISTEN to Shooting the Breeze Sailing Podcast Episode #42: Annie Dike



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Sail Loot Interview No. 2 – Setting Up a Small Business

Hey Kids!  So, who doesn’t know about Teddy J?  Our buddy over at who explores the many different ways cruisers have found to make money to travel the world.  Last time I spoke with Teddy J, we talked a lot about my marketing efforts and self-publishing Salt of a Sailor.  One thing Teddy asked me to talk about this go-round was the small business I formed to manage my marketing clients and publishing endeavors.  While my advice must always come with a HUGE disclaimer that it is NOT legal advice, I’m always happy to share the many mistakes I have made and some of the simple business methods I have found that work for me.  I always love to hear from other aspiring or already-cruising cruisers out there, though, who have found different ways to make money online.  What are you guys doing or trying?  Let me hear from you!

I hope you enjoy the interview!





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