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This is about cruising Sailing in the Mediterranean but we do venture outside of the Mediterranean as well. The topics intended to be covered are about the cruising lifestyle and cruising sailor. Sailors, dreamers and armchair sailors should enjoy the great stories that are told. We will talk about sailing adventures, sailing tips, sailing gear, chartering and charter bases, local knowledge related to specific geographical areas in the Mediterranean and interviews with fellow sailors.If you have sailing stories to share or information valuable to sailors then please contact me.

Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Franz

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This is about cruising Sailing in the Mediterranean but we do venture outside of the Mediterranean as well. The topics intended to be covered are about the cruising lifestyle and cruising sailor. Sailors, dreamers and armchair sailors should enjoy the great stories that are told. We will talk about sailing adventures, sailing tips, sailing gear, chartering and charter bases, local knowledge related to specific geographical areas in the Mediterranean and interviews with fellow sailors.If you have sailing stories to share or information valuable to sailors then please contact me.

    Sailing with Jaci and Kevin of website "Jacioutthere"

    Sailing with Jaci and Kevin of website "Jacioutthere"

    Travels of Jaci and Kevin  Jacioutthere

    I received this delightful Email from Jaci and Kevin  so how could I resist getting them on the podcast?:



    "Hello Franz



    Firstly I want to say thank you and I am really excited about finding you by accident on podcasts.



    We are currently day 13 into a Mediterranean crossing originating in Croatia down south with the actual crossing from Greece and we are heading to Spain and have survived a Medicane en route.



    My partner Kevin gets sea sick so on the journey to pass time I found your podcast interviewing Chris and his covid Croatia journey which is very similar to the start of ours. So on the long days, it’s perfect to have discovered something that not only has captured our attention but is knowledgeable .



    The heading to Spain is to spend winter as part of our new life as live a-boards which started in Covid.



    If you are interested in my story I have written a few blogs of our unique adventure so far, mostly for family, friends and others I try to inspire with our journey from corporate to nomad.



    https://jacioutthere.wixsite.com/home



    Great work and thank you, we are about to listen to Nathan.



    Kind regards



    Jaci



    We are Kevin and Jaci from Cape Town South Africa. We belong to the category Global Nomads and currently reside on a catamaran between Spain and Croatia to follow our dream. With much angst and sacrifice we took the chance and quit our corporate jobs in order to make adventure our life and become liveaboards in the Mediterranean.



    The desire is to learn more about life, absorb new cultures and gain and give inspiration along the way. In doing so we hope that we are able to show people by example that our new lives could encourage them to believe that they too can follow their dreams.



    My motto is and boy has it come back to bite me multiple times :

    If your dreams do not scare you they are not big enough



    Timeline

    2009 was the first time in Croatia and 5 times subsequently when we have sailed Croatia and realized that we wanted to live in the wonderful country.

    2 September 2018 - MTB trip in Slovenia - the desire to move to Europe become too great to ignore

    18 may 2019 - obtain skipper qualification for sailing in EU

    26 June 2019 - offer is made after much research on a 2015 Lagoon39

    9 Dec 2019 - Lagoon39 renamed GypsyDjango officially becomes ours

    26 Jan 2020 - welcome to Barcelona and a big culture shock

    13 March 2020 - Spanish residency card collection- officially allowed in EU

    14 March 2020 - covid lockdown

    3 June 2020 - life gets interesting with an attempted crossing and rejection on ferry to Italy

    4 June 2020 - re attempt and overnight ferry to a Italy and 1st tourists in empty Rome after border opening

    9 June 2020 - overnight in dining saloon of freight ferry to zadar from Ancona with special permission by director of border police as boat owners to enter Croatia

    10 June hitch hike lift with locals to split

    5 September 2020 - 3 months almost over and time to exit Croatia to begin Mediterranean Crossing to Spain via a quick tour of Montenegro

    15 September 2020 - bypassing Albania due to covid - hello to Greece with aim to discover Ionians and leave via Zakynthos

    17 September 2020 - worst 38 hours of our lives surviving the Medicane on Lefkada which was not forecast to be hit and the wise decision we made to hide in the perfect bay and delay kefalonia.

    23 September- off to Italy we go during yet another storm but needing to move because of winter season appro...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 2

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 2

    This episode is part 4 of  of the ongoing story with Chris Axelson

    Chris Axelson and his family decided to take the plunge and go sailing in the: treacherous Covid Plandemic waters of 2020. Against all odds he is able to live the dream this year when the rest of us are sitting stuck in our homes because of this Plandemic Covid crisis.







    Chris and his family Homestake Lodge a Ski Touring Lodge in Montana here is a link to his webpage



    http://www.homestakelodge.com/about/







    About Homestake Lodge



    A history of our lodge



    Chris and I bought the property in August of 2007 and began rough work on the ski trails. We lived in a camping tent until the middle of October when we got our Yurt put together and assembled. We thought we were living the good life when we moved into the yurt. We planned to run the ski operations out of the yurt during our first winter, and try to get as many trails established as possible. We worked sun up to sun down cutting trails, mowing, stumping, etc. Christmas Eve we moved into our cabin, and got the yurt set up for the ski season and our customers. We were officially open for business.



    January of 2008 we started construction on the lodge which was completed by November of that year. This allowed us to the run the ski business out of the lodge for the 2009/2010 season, and we picked up the yurt on a trailer and moved it out to the meadow to get ready for a ski-in/ski-out overnight destination for guests. The yurt has been our most popular overnight accommodation so far. Guests enjoy skiing out and pulling their gear in a sled, firing up the wood stove to keep them warm, and the coziness of a yurt with 2 sets of bunk beds, a futon, and a small kitchenette.



    The last few years we have worked diligently to add more ski trails and improve the ones we already have in place. Chris and I have cut about 70% of the trails ourselves, and the remaining 30% were established roads or trails already in place when we bought the property. When we bought the property, no buildings existed. We added a lodge, barn, cabin, house, and yurt. Our future plans in expanding include waiting to see which overnight accommodations are most popular and either build 1 or 2 more cabins or yurts.



    We have a snowmaking system which has been a great success. It is a small system, but it allows us to pump water from our pond below the lodge and get an early snow pack on our learn-to-ski area. This sets it up for the season in great shape.



    Life at Homestake Lodge is wonderful and peaceful and full of constant work that we enjoy. We have to force ourselves to take time off once in awhile because there is a never ending list of projects to be done. We love every bit of it-even the shoveling of cow patty's off the trail once the cattle leave for the season!



    Our lodge is completely off-the-grid. We rely completely on our solar PV panels for electricity and solar hot water panels and wood stoves for our heat. See more on that below.



    Sustainability



    One of our major goals in the design and operation of Homestake Lodge was to minimize our carbon footprint.



    For us, "going green" and living "off grid" was a new concept. We had to do a lot of our own research as well as talking with people that know this industry.



    Electricity and Heat





























    Homestake Lodge now has a grid-tied solar power system (summer 2014). What you read below is more like history.



    The electricity here at the lodge comes from the power system in the barn. The photovoltaic (PV) panels are on the roof of the barn and supply ele...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 3

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 3

    This episode is part 3 of  of the ongoing story with Chris Axelson

    Chris Axelson and his family decided to take the plunge and go sailing in the: treacherous Covid Plandemic waters of 2020. Against all odds he is able to live the dream this year when the rest of us are sitting stuck in our homes because of this Plandemic Covid crisis.







    Chris and his family Homestake Lodge a Ski Touring Lodge in Montana here is a link to his webpage



    http://www.homestakelodge.com/about/







    About Homestake Lodge



    A history of our lodge



    Chris and I bought the property in August of 2007 and began rough work on the ski trails. We lived in a camping tent until the middle of October when we got our Yurt put together and assembled. We thought we were living the good life when we moved into the yurt. We planned to run the ski operations out of the yurt during our first winter, and try to get as many trails established as possible. We worked sun up to sun down cutting trails, mowing, stumping, etc. Christmas Eve we moved into our cabin, and got the yurt set up for the ski season and our customers. We were officially open for business.



    January of 2008 we started construction on the lodge which was completed by November of that year. This allowed us to the run the ski business out of the lodge for the 2009/2010 season, and we picked up the yurt on a trailer and moved it out to the meadow to get ready for a ski-in/ski-out overnight destination for guests. The yurt has been our most popular overnight accommodation so far. Guests enjoy skiing out and pulling their gear in a sled, firing up the wood stove to keep them warm, and the coziness of a yurt with 2 sets of bunk beds, a futon, and a small kitchenette.



    The last few years we have worked diligently to add more ski trails and improve the ones we already have in place. Chris and I have cut about 70% of the trails ourselves, and the remaining 30% were established roads or trails already in place when we bought the property. When we bought the property, no buildings existed. We added a lodge, barn, cabin, house, and yurt. Our future plans in expanding include waiting to see which overnight accommodations are most popular and either build 1 or 2 more cabins or yurts.



    We have a snowmaking system which has been a great success. It is a small system, but it allows us to pump water from our pond below the lodge and get an early snow pack on our learn-to-ski area. This sets it up for the season in great shape.



    Life at Homestake Lodge is wonderful and peaceful and full of constant work that we enjoy. We have to force ourselves to take time off once in awhile because there is a never ending list of projects to be done. We love every bit of it-even the shoveling of cow patty's off the trail once the cattle leave for the season!



    Our lodge is completely off-the-grid. We rely completely on our solar PV panels for electricity and solar hot water panels and wood stoves for our heat. See more on that below.



    Sustainability



    One of our major goals in the design and operation of Homestake Lodge was to minimize our carbon footprint.



    For us, "going green" and living "off grid" was a new concept. We had to do a lot of our own research as well as talking with people that know this industry.



    Electricity and Heat





























    Homestake Lodge now has a grid-tied solar power system (summer 2014). What you read below is more like history.



    The electricity here at the lodge comes from the power system in the barn. The photovoltaic (PV) panels are on the roof of the barn and supply ele...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Free Croatia Anchorages Sailing Croatia with Nathan Quirk Pt. 2

    Free Croatia Anchorages Sailing Croatia with Nathan Quirk Pt. 2

    Free Croatia Anchorages

    Free Croatia Anchorages! Nathan Quirk is a contributor to the Noonsite.com a resource for all sailors on location specific information. I heard about Nathan from my interview with Chris Axelson. Nathan has a google earth KMZ file of free anchorage locations in Croatia. I wanted to get to know Nathan and learn about some of these anchorages so this is Part 2 of a 2 part series of interviews.



    The link to get this KMZ file of Free Croatia Anchorages in Croatia that are free is HERE



    Alternatively you may find them here is the first link does not work



    I captured my screen when doing this interview so you can watch as I move around Google Earth as we talk here is the you tube video



    https://youtu.be/1nRKmNBpBCE

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    If you would like to support the Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Podcast there are several ways!

    1 Become a Patreon

    2 Become a Sponsor

    3 Buy my Sailing Audio lessons

    Past Podcasts may now be found HERE

    If you have ideas for future podcasts or comments please drop me a note! and PLEASE rate my podcast in iTunes and perhaps write a note. Here is the link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sailing-in-the-mediterranean/id566678892?mt=2





    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Costal Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam over 9 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to go sailing and also to prepare you for the written portion of the ASA 103 written exam.

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    If you're interested in my sailing instructional audio series here are the links:

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/Eiig

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/bwXh

    Sailing in the Mediterranean Website

    https://www.medsailor.com



    If you would like to be a guest or have suggestions for future episodes or if you would like Franz to be a speaker at your Sailing Club or fundraiser please feel free to contact me.

    • 57 min
    Sailing Croatia with Nathan Quirk Pt. 1

    Sailing Croatia with Nathan Quirk Pt. 1

    Free Croatia Anchorages 1

    Free Croatia Anchorages 1!  Nathan Quirk is a contributor to the Noonsite.com a resource for all sailors on location specific information. I heard about Nathan from my interview with Chris Axelson. Nathan has a google earth KMZ file of free anchorage locations in Croatia. I wanted to get to know Nathan and learn about some of these anchorages so this is Part 1 of a 2 part series of interviews.



    The link to get this KMZ file of the Free Croatia Anchorages Anchorages in Croatia that are free is HERE



    Alternatively you may find them here is the first link does not work



    I captured my screen when doing this interview so you can watch as I move around Google Earth as we talk here is the you tube video



    https://youtu.be/_0vtMJ18v0o

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    If you would like to support the Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Podcast there are several ways!

    1 Become a Patreon

    2 Become a Sponsor

    3 Buy my Sailing Audio lessons

    Past Podcasts may now be found HERE

    If you have ideas for future podcasts or comments please drop me a note! and PLEASE rate my podcast in iTunes and perhaps write a note. Here is the link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sailing-in-the-mediterranean/id566678892?mt=2





    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Costal Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam over 9 hours of Audio Instruction to help you get ready to go sailing and also to prepare you for the written portion of the ASA 103 written exam.

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    If you're interested in my sailing instructional audio series here are the links:

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/Eiig

    Sailing! Learn to Sail: Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/PvOYK

    Sailing! Learn To Sail: Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam

    https://gumroad.com/l/bwXh

    Sailing in the Mediterranean Website

    https://www.medsailor.com



    If you would like to be a guest or have suggestions for future episodes or if you would like Franz to be a speaker at your Sailing Club or fundraiser please feel free to contact me.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 2

    Sailing in the Mediterranean and Beyond Chris Axelson pt. 2

    This episode is part 2 of a 2 part interview with Chris Axelson

    Chris Axelson and his family decided to take the plunge and go sailing in the: treacherous Covid Plandemic waters of 2020. Against all odds he is able to live the dream this year when the rest of us are sitting stuck in our homes because of this Plandemic Covid crisis.







    Chris and his family Homestake Lodge a Ski Touring Lodge in Montana here is a link to his webpage



    http://www.homestakelodge.com/about/







    About Homestake Lodge



    A history of our lodge



    Chris and I bought the property in August of 2007 and began rough work on the ski trails. We lived in a camping tent until the middle of October when we got our Yurt put together and assembled. We thought we were living the good life when we moved into the yurt. We planned to run the ski operations out of the yurt during our first winter, and try to get as many trails established as possible. We worked sun up to sun down cutting trails, mowing, stumping, etc. Christmas Eve we moved into our cabin, and got the yurt set up for the ski season and our customers. We were officially open for business.



    January of 2008 we started construction on the lodge which was completed by November of that year. This allowed us to the run the ski business out of the lodge for the 2009/2010 season, and we picked up the yurt on a trailer and moved it out to the meadow to get ready for a ski-in/ski-out overnight destination for guests. The yurt has been our most popular overnight accommodation so far. Guests enjoy skiing out and pulling their gear in a sled, firing up the wood stove to keep them warm, and the coziness of a yurt with 2 sets of bunk beds, a futon, and a small kitchenette.



    The last few years we have worked diligently to add more ski trails and improve the ones we already have in place. Chris and I have cut about 70% of the trails ourselves, and the remaining 30% were established roads or trails already in place when we bought the property. When we bought the property, no buildings existed. We added a lodge, barn, cabin, house, and yurt. Our future plans in expanding include waiting to see which overnight accommodations are most popular and either build 1 or 2 more cabins or yurts.



    We have a snowmaking system which has been a great success. It is a small system, but it allows us to pump water from our pond below the lodge and get an early snow pack on our learn-to-ski area. This sets it up for the season in great shape.



    Life at Homestake Lodge is wonderful and peaceful and full of constant work that we enjoy. We have to force ourselves to take time off once in awhile because there is a never ending list of projects to be done. We love every bit of it-even the shoveling of cow patty's off the trail once the cattle leave for the season!



    Our lodge is completely off-the-grid. We rely completely on our solar PV panels for electricity and solar hot water panels and wood stoves for our heat. See more on that below.



    Sustainability



    One of our major goals in the design and operation of Homestake Lodge was to minimize our carbon footprint.



    For us, "going green" and living "off grid" was a new concept. We had to do a lot of our own research as well as talking with people that know this industry.



    Electricity and Heat





























    Homestake Lodge now has a grid-tied solar power system (summer 2014). What you read below is more like history.



    The electricity here at the lodge comes from the power system in the barn. The photovoltaic (PV) panels are on the roof of the barn and supply electr...

    • 1 hr 27 min

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I enjoy listening to Franz's sailing stories aboard the boat that he built himself in teh US and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Med. Great to listen to during the winter while I am preparing my own sailing season in the area. Franz has sailed to many places, in particular in Greece. His comments help me in planning my own trips ... in addition, of course, to feed my dreams of blue sky and ocean.

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